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What does Ramsay mean?

Ramsay Pronunciation of Ramsay as a boys' name (also used as girls' name Ramsay) is pronounced RAM-zee. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Ramsay is "garlic island". Also possibly "raven island" or "ram island", or (Old Norse) "strong island". Place name that was originally a common surname in Scotland. English statesman Ramsay McDonald; American Attorney General Ramsey Clark.


ASSOCIATED WITH old english, raven, old, norse, strong, surname, scotland


VARIANTS Ramsey, Ramzey, Ramzi



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How popular is Ramsay?

Ramsay is a rare given name for men but a very popular surname for all people (#4347 out of 150436, Top 3%). (2000 U.S. CENSUS)

Which version is better?

The only prominent variation form of Ramsay (NOT RANKED) is Ramsey (#1383 IN 2018). This relation of Ramsay was favored less than a decade ago (#1209) and is almost as popular today. (TOP BABY NAMES, 2018)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ramsey in U.S.

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Similar Names

Recommended sound-alike names are Dantay, Esmay, Farlay, Galway, Imray, Ismay, Jamsey, Jaray, Laray, Linsay, Racham, Radley, Radly, Radwan, Rafa, Rafal, Raffy, Ragnar, Raham, Raja, Rajah, Rajan, Ram, Rama, Rameses, Ramey, Rami, Ramiro, Ramon, Ramond, Ramone, Ramos, Ramsden, Ramses, Ramy, Ramzan, Randal, Randey, Randy, Ransley, Ransly (see Ransley), Ransom, Ras, Rashad, Rashae, Rawley, Rawly, Rawson, Ray, Rayman, Raynar, Remmey, Remmy, Remy, Risly (see Risley), Rojay, Roman, Romney, Rusty and Sanjay. These names tend to be more commonly used than Ramsay.

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