What does Ransom mean?
Ransom \r(a)-nsom, 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.
Ransom is an unusual given name for males but a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#1906 out of 88799, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of Ransom for boys. Ransom reached its highest position of #560 in the U.S. then, but is not in the Top 1000 at the moment. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a charted analysis of the popularity of the boy name Ransom and affiliated names. Randy (#511 the previous year), Randall (#908), Randell, Randal and Randolph are the prominent alternative forms of Ransom appearing in the Top 1000. Usage of this boy name was at its highest during the years 1950-1959 and is now significantly less, with the versions Randall, Ransom, Randolph, Randell and Randal falling out of style. Randy (#511) is the most chic boy name in this list. (2014 Birth Statistics)