Gender: Male Meaning of Ransom: "shield's son" Origin of Ransom: English

Ransom Origin and Meaning

The name Ransom is a boy's name of English origin meaning "shield's son".

Ransom may be rakish and handsome, but it carries an unavoidable association with holding someone for ransom. But that kind of bad boy image might be exactly what attracts you to Ransom in the first place. While Ransom feels like a modern appellation ala Breaker or Ranger, it's interesting to note on the popularity chart that it was actually quite popular at the end of the 19th century but fell off the Top 1000 around 1930.

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Pop Culture References for the name Ransom

Rand, Ranson, Ransome, Rance


autumnreverie Says:


My cousin named her son this. I'm still not quite sure how I feel about it.

Ruanne Says:


It's old because it's also a religious reference, in the sense that our Savior was ransom for all people. 1 Timothy 2:6.

So to me, it's both a very rakish and spiritual name. Quite the combination. A strong spirited boy could wear it very well.

Crysteelwiech Says:


We do get a lot of people who reply with "Ranson?" Or "Branson?", but honestly it doesn't bother me, there are lots of people out there coming up with much weirder names for their babies because they think they sound unique. At least this one is easy to pronounce when you read it.

RainstreamofSpiritClan Says:


A former teacher of mine has a son named Ransom. They chose the name because of something to do with a Bible verse.

silkypumpkin Says:


I have a great-great-etc grand uncle with this name, which brought me here. I like the name's meaning, it's unfortunate what it has come to mean today.

123 Says:


How many misunderstandings was made by calling a child this name?

Crysteelwiech Says:


My son is Ransom Charles. I absolutely love it. Strong and handsome sounding. We get many compliments on it!

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


It just doesn't sound like a name to me. At all. But that's just my opinion.

LindseyJane Says:


I have a son named Ransom. Our only issue with the name has been that when he was learning to say his name, he couldn't pronounce "r"s, so he introduced himself as "Handsome", which was actually pretty adorable.

Sierra Says:


I had my son in 2006. He is named after his great grandfather. Ransom is a family name and my son loves his name and it totally suits him.

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