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From the historical and enchanting region of Spain emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Ramus family. Originally, the Spanish people were known only by a single name. The process by which hereditary surnames were adopted in Spain is extremely interesting. Surnames evolved during the Middle Ages when people began to assume an extra name to avoid confusion and to further identify themselves. Often they adopted names that were derived from nicknames. Nickname surnames were derived from an eke-name, or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name.

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The surname Ramus was first found in Castile, a region of north-central Spain.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Ramos, Ramis, Ramo, Rama, Ramas, Rams, Ramón and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ramus research. Another 375 words (27 lines of text) covering the years 1203, 1440, 1522, and 1678 are included under the topic Early Ramus History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 54 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ramus Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Alonso Ramos, who sailed to Cartagena in 1535; Benito Ramos sailed to Río de la Plata in 1535; Cristóbal Ramos sailed to America in 1511; Domingo Ramos sailed to Florida in 1538.

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  • Nickolas G. Ramus (1929-2007), Native American actor
  • Joshua Prince Ramus (b. 1969), American architect
  • Jonas Danilssønn Ramus (1649-1718), Norwegian priest and historian
  • Petrus Ramus (1515-1572), French humanist


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  1. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  2. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  3. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  4. Archivo General De Indias, Sevilla. Catalogo de Pasajeros a Indias durante los Siglos XVI, XVII y XVIII Edited by the docents of the General Indian Archives under the Director of the Archives, Don Cristobal Bermudez Plata 3 Volumes - Volume 1 1509-1534. Sevilla, Spain: Imprenta de la Gavidia, 1940. Print.
  5. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  7. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  8. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  9. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  10. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
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The Ramus Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ramus Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 16 February 2011 at 14:00.

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