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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

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
  • 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 arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Caspar" in 1849
  • James Ransom, aged 27, arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Lysander"
  • George Ransom, aged 23, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Hydaspes"

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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
  • David Michael Ransom (1938-2003), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to Bahrain, 1994-97
  • D. C. Ransom, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Ohio State House of Representatives from Geauga and Lake counties, 1897
  • Clara Ransom, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Wisconsin, 1924
  • Alexis Ransom, American politician, Postmaster at Kalamazoo, Michigan, 1844-49
  • Dwight French Ransom (1848-1928), American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Barkhamsted, 1915-16
  • Earl Ransom, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Vermont, 1936, 1948
  • Elias Ransom, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Niagara County 1st District, 1848
  • Elton T. Ransom, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Niagara County, 1893
  • ... (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

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Citations


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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.

Other References

  1. 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.
  2. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  3. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  4. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  5. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  6. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  7. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  8. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  9. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  10. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
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The Ransom Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ransom 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.

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