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

The name Ransom is a boy's name of English origin meaning "shield's son". Ransom and is often added to lists like Badass Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Boys Makeover- Two Middles".

From the experts:

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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Famous People Named Ransom

Ransom Riggs, American novelist
Ransom Eli Olds, American automaker; founder of Oldsmobile
Ransom Aldrich "Ram" Myers, American biologist
Ransom Asa Moore, American agronomist
Ransom Wilson, American flutist
Ransom Ashley, photographer and actor
Stewart Ransom "Rhett" Miller, lead singer of American band The Old 97s
Bodhi Ransom Green, son of American actors Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green
Cody Ransom, American baseball player
Terrell Louis Ransom, Jr., American actor

Pop Culture References for the name Ransom

Elwin Ransom, main character in the "Space Trilogy" by C.S. Lewis
Ransom Stoddard, character in "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance"
Justin "Ransom" Oluransi, character in the web comic "Check, Please!"
A ransom is payment demanded or money paid for the release of a hostage.

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