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Ransome History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



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.

Early Origins of the Ransome family


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.

Early History of the Ransome family


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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.

Early Notables of the Ransome family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Ransome family to the New World and Oceana


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, who settled in Virginia in 1682

Ransome Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Louisa Ransome, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Posthumous" in 1849 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The POSTHUMOUS 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Posthumous.htm
  • Walter Ransome, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Posthumous" in 1849 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The POSTHUMOUS 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Posthumous.htm
  • George Ransome, aged 23, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hydaspes" in 1851 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HYDASPES 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Hydaspes.htm
  • Hannah Ransome, aged 22, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hydaspes" in 1851 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HYDASPES 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Hydaspes.htm

Ransome Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

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

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

Historic Events for the Ransome family



HMS Royal Oak

  • Frederick J. Ransome, British Leading Cook with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.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. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The POSTHUMOUS 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Posthumous.htm
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HYDASPES 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Hydaspes.htm
  4. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html

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