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The vast movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest of England in 1066 brought the Ransome family name to the British Isles. Ransome 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.

Ransome Early Origins



The surname Ransome 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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Ransome Spelling Variations


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Ransome Spelling Variations



Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Ransom, Ransome, Ranson and others.

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Ransome Early History


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Ransome Early History



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

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Ransome Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Ransome Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Ransome Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Ransome or a variant listed above:

Ransome Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • James Ransome settled in Virginia in 1682

Ransome Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Louisa Ransome arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Posthumous" in 1849
  • Walter Ransome arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Posthumous" in 1849
  • George Ransome, aged 23, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hydaspes" in 1851
  • Hannah Ransome, aged 22, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hydaspes" in 1851

Ransome Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Henry J. Ransome, aged 19, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waimea" in 1876

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Contemporary Notables of the name Ransome (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Ransome (post 1700)



  • Frederick Leslie Ransome Ph.D. (1868-1935), English-born, American geologist
  • Frederick Ransome (1818-1893), English inventor and industrialist, creator of Ransome's artificial stone
  • James Ransome (1782-1849), English member of the Ransomes steel and agricultural equipment-making family of Ipswich
  • Robert Ransome (1753-1830), English iron founder in Norwich and later Ipswich of Ransomes in 1789 which later became Ransomes, Sims and Jeffries, a major British agricultural machinery maker
  • Ernest Leslie Ransome (1852-1917), English-born engineer, architect, and early innovator in reinforced concrete building techniques
  • Prunella Ransome (1943-2002), English actress from Croydon, Surrey
  • Arthur Mitchell Ransome (1884-1967), English writer best known for his book "Swallows and Amazons"(1931)
  • Sir Gordon Ransome, English professor at the University of Singapore

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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. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  2. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  3. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  4. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  5. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  6. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  7. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  8. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  9. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  10. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Ransome Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ransome 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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