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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)



  • Richard K. Ransom (1919-2016), American businessman, founder of Hickory Farms, an American specialty foods company in 1951
  • Major-General Paul Lewis Ransom (1894-1985), American Assistant Commanding General 5th Division in 1945 [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2014, March 26) Paul Ransom. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Ransom/Paul_Lewis/USA.html
  • Ernest Leslie Ransom (1852-1917), English-born engineer, architect
  • Cody Ransom (b. 1976), American Major League Baseball utility infielder
  • John Crowe Ransom (1888-1974), American Rhodes Scholar poet and critic, founder of "Little Magazine"
  • Mike Ransom (b. 1977), American musician
  • Thomas E. G. Ransom (1834-1864), American surveyor, civil engineer
  • Matt Whitaker Ransom (1826-1904), American state politician and Civil War general
  • David Michael Ransom (1938-2003), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to Bahrain, 1994-97 [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 30) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • D. C. Ransom, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Ohio State House of Representatives from Geauga and Lake counties, 1897 [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 30) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • ... (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




RMS Titanic

  • Mr. James Ransom (d. 1912), aged 33, English Saloon Steward from Bristol, Avon who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [8]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html

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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
  6. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2014, March 26) Paul Ransom. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Ransom/Paul_Lewis/USA.html
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 30) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  8. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html

Other References

  1. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  2. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  3. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  4. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  5. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  6. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  7. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  8. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  9. 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).
  10. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  11. ...

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