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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 has 7 more related forms via Randolph: Randal, Randall, Randell, Randolf, Randy, Ranolf and Ranulfo.


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. 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)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Ransom name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Ransom outside U.S.

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 these boy names was at its highest during the years 1950-1959 (usage of 0.663%) and is now significantly less (usage 0.0968%, down 85.4%), with the versions Randall, Randolph, Randal, Randell and Ransom falling out of style. Randy (#511) is the most chic boy name in this list. Below is a charted analysis of the popularity of the boy name Ransom and affiliated names. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Randal, Randall, Randell, Randolph, Randy, Ransom in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Ransom and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar baby names are Ronson and Sansom. Like Ransom, these names are not commonly used.