What does Ransom mean?
Ransom [ran-som] as a boys' name is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Ransom is "warrior's shield". Also possibly "shield's son" or a variant of Randolph. Used as first name mainly in the late Victorian era.
Ransom has 1 variant: Ransome.Creative forms:
(male) Rafsom, Rasom, ..
(female) Ranros, Ransa, .. Middle name pairings:
Ransom Axel (R.A.), ..
How popular is Ransom?
Ransom is an unusual given name for males but a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#2113 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)
Ransom was first listed in 1880-1889 and reached its highest position of #562 in the U.S. then, and is at #1571 currently. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)
Which version is better?with its variant form and related boy names. Randy (#570 from current records), Randolph, Randolf and Randal are the prominent alternative forms of Ransom (#1571 from current records) appearing in the Top 2000. Usage of these relations of Ransom was widespread among parents 7 decades ago (adoption of 0.73%) and is now significantly diminished (adoption 0.03%, down 96%), with versions like Randolph going out of style.
Similar NamesSuggested similar names are Anscom, Bascom, Hanson, Janson, Lathom, Malcom, Marom, Racham, Rachim, Radnor, Ragnor, Raham, Raheem▼, Rahiem, Rahim, Rahm, Rainor, Rains, Ralston, Ram, Ramon▼, Ramos, Ramsay, Ramses, Ramsey, Ranald, Rance, Rancel, Rand, Randel, Randey, Randi, Randie, Randl (see Randall), Randle, Randon, Rane, Ranell, Range, Ranger, Ranier, Ranjit, Rankin, Ransford, Ransley, Ransly (see Ransley), Ras, Rashod, Rawson, Raydon, Raymon▼, Raynor, Reno, Renton, Renzo, Ringo, Robson, Ronson, Russo, Sansom, Sanson, Tanson and Windom. These names tend to be more commonly used than Ransom.See names in meaning and etymology.