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The name Ransom was carried to England in the enormous movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. It comes from the Anglo-Norman given name Randolph. The name also derives from the Old English word randim, meaning riverbank, and indicates that the original bearer of the name live near such a geographic feature.

Ransom Early Origins



The surname Ransom was first found in Suffolk where the name was derived from a place named Ransham, "though I find no place so called." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
With regard to the more contemporary meaning of the word ransom, and continuing from this source, the author sites Mr. Ferguson "what curious changes, the whirligig of time brings round. We take our money to the descendant of the old sea-robber to take care of for us - Ramson & Co., bankers, Pal Mall. " [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

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Ransom Spelling Variations


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Ransom Spelling Variations



Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Ransom, Ransome, Ranson and others.

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Ransom Early History


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Ransom Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ransom research. Another 175 words (12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ransom History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Ransom Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Ransom Early Notables (pre 1700)



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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Ransom or a variant listed above were:

Ransom Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • James Ransom, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1683 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Ransom Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Elizabeth Ransom, who arrived in Virginia in 1768 with her husband

Ransom Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Sarah Ransom, who settled in New York with her husband and four children in 1823
  • Leander Ransom, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Allan Ransom, aged 1, who emigrated to the United States, in 1893

Ransom Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Caryl Ransom, aged 20, who landed in America, in 1906
  • C. L. Ransom, aged 30, who emigrated to America, in 1907
  • Amy Ransom, aged 4, who settled in America from Deford, England, in 1914
  • Alfred George Ransom, aged 55, who settled in America from Cover, England, in 1915
  • Alfred George Ransom, aged 55, who landed in America from Dover, England, in 1916
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Ransom Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Charles L. Ransom, aged 19, who settled in Montreal, Canada, in 1923

Ransom Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • George Ransom, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Caspar" in 1849 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The CASPAR 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Caspar.htm
  • James Ransom, aged 27, who arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Lysander" [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LYSANDER 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Lysander.htm
  • George Ransom, aged 23, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Hydaspes" [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HYDASPES 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Hydaspes.htm

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Contemporary Notables of the name Ransom (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Ransom (post 1700)



  • William Lynn Ransom (b. 1883), American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for New York, 1916
  • Richard Ransom, American politician, Member of North Carolina House of Commons from Franklin County, 1784, 1786
  • Robert M. Ransom, American politician, Circuit Judge in Michigan 7th Circuit, 1977-2001
  • Reverdy C. Ransom, American politician, Representative from New York 21st District, 1918
  • Perry M. Ransom, American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Hartland; Elected 1946, 1948
  • Matt Whitaker Ransom (1826-1904), American politician, Member of North Carolina House of Commons, 1858-60; U.S. Senator from North Carolina, 1872-95; U.S. Minister to Mexico, 1895-97
  • Lawrence B. Ransom, American Republican politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Hartland, 1914
  • Kim Ransom, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Colorado, 2004, 2008, 2012
  • John S. Ransom, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Salem, 1827
  • J. R. Ransom, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kansas, 1936
  • ... (Another 29 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Ransom Historic Events


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Ransom Historic Events




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Citations



  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The CASPAR 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Caspar.htm
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LYSANDER 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Lysander.htm
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HYDASPES 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Hydaspes.htm

Other References

  1. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  2. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  3. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  4. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  5. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  7. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  8. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  9. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  10. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
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