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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Ram

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  • A user from Virginia, United States says the name Ram is of Indian (Sanskrit) origin and means "Ram is the 7th Avatar of Lord Vishnu. Ram also means handsome".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Ram
  1. The male of the sheep and allied animals. In some parts of England a ram is called a tup.
  2. [Astron]
    1. Aries, the sign of the zodiac which the sun enters about the 21st of March.
    2. The constellation Aries, which does not now, as formerly, occupy the sign of the same name.
  3. An engine of war used for butting or battering.
    1. In ancient warfare, a long beam suspended by slings in a framework, and used for battering the walls of cities; a battering-ram.
    2. A heavy steel or iron beak attached to the prow of a steam war vessel for piercing or cutting down the vessel of an enemy; also, a vessel carrying such a beak.
  4. A hydraulic ram. See under Hydraulic.
  5. The weight which strikes the blow, in a pile driver, steam hammer, stamp mill, or the like.
  6. The plunger of a hydraulic press.

Etymology: AS. ramm ram; akin to OHG. & D. ram, Prov. G. ramm, and perh. to Icel. ramr strong

verb Ram
  1. To butt or strike against; to drive a ram against or through; to thrust or drive with violence; to force in; to drive together; to cram; as, to ram an enemy's vessel; to ram piles, cartridges, etc. "They rammed me in with foul shirts, and smocks, socks, foul stockings, greasy napkins." [Shak.]
  2. To fill or compact by pounding or driving."A ditch . . . was filled with some sound materials, and rammed to make the foundation solid." [Arbuthnot.]
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  1. Uncastrated adult male sheep
  2. A tool for driving or forcing something by impact
  3. The most common computer memory which can be used by programs to perform necessary tasks while the computer is on; an integrated circuit memory chip allows information to be stored or accessed in any order and all storage locations are equally accessible
  4. The first sign of the zodiac which the sun enters at the vernal equinox; the sun is in this sign from about March 21 to April 19
  5. (astrology) a person who is born while the sun is in Aries
  6. Force into or from an action or state, either physically or metaphorically ("She rammed her mind into focus")
  7. Crowd or pack to capacity
  8. Undergo damage or destruction on impact
  9. Strike or drive against with a heavy impact ("ram the gate with a sledgehammer")
  1. The constellation Aries.
  2. (Britain, soccer) someone connected with Derby County Football Club, as a fan, player, coach etc.

Ram was also found in the following language(s): Afrikaans, Dutch, and Luxembourgish

Notable Persons Named Ram

Ram Charan is an actor, entrepreneurship, film producer, entrepreneur, and producer. His ongoing career started in 2007. Ram was given the name Ram Charan Teja Konidala by his parent Chiranjeevi in Madras, Tamil Nadu, India. Ram is also known as Konidela Ram Charan Teja.


Ram Gopal Varma is a director and producer. His most notable accomplishments were from 1989 to present. Ram was given the name Penmetsa Ram Gopal Varma on April 7th, 1962 in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India.


Ram Pothineni is an actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 2006 to present. Ram was born on May 15th, 1988 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.


Ram Boolchand Jethmalani is a Member of Parliament, Member of Parliament(Rajya Sabha), Minister of Law, Justice, Minister of Urban Development, Ministry of Law, Justice (India), and Ministry of Urban Development. Ram was born on September 14th, 1923 in Shikarpur, Sindh.


Ram Dass is a spiritual teacher, author, index of religious honorifics, and titles. Ram was given the name Richard Alpert on April 6th, 1931 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.


Ram Kapoor is an actor. Ram was given the name Ram on September 1st, 1973 in Jalandhar.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Ram

Nandamuri Kalyan Ram is an actor and film producer. He has been prominent since 2003. Nandamuri was born Nandamuri Kalyan Ram as the child of Nandamuri Harikrishna on July 5th, 1978 in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India. Nandamuri is also known as NKR.


Ram Kapoor is an actor. Ram was given the name Ram on September 1st, 1973 in Jalandhar.


Raghu was born in Machilipatnam.


Rachita Ram is an actress. Her most notable accomplishments were from 2012 to present. Rachita was given the name Bindhiya Ram on October 2nd, 1992 in Karnataka, India. Rachita is also known as Ram and Bindhiya.


Jagjivan Ram was a Deputy Prime Minister of India, Minister of Defence, and Minister of Defence (India). Jagjivan was born on April 5th, 1908 in Chandwa, Bhojpur District, Bihar, British Raj. He passed away on July 6th, 1986.


Ram is a film director. He has had major accomplishments since 2007. Ram was given the name Ramsubramaniam on October 11th, 1974 in Chennai. Ram is also known as Ram Subbu.


How popular is the baby name Ram in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1970 8 0 8
1971 7 0 7
1972 9 0 9
1973 6 0 6
1974 7 0 7
1975 9 0 9
1976 12 0 12
1977 7 0 7
1978 8 0 8
1979 7 0 7
1980 9 0 9
1981 10 0 10
1982 11 0 11
1983 8 0 8
1984 9 0 9
1985 6 0 6
1986 7 0 7
1987 8 0 8
1988 13 0 13
1989 10 0 10
1990 7 0 7
1991 9 0 9
1992 11 0 11
1993 11 0 11
1994 9 0 9
1995 12 0 12
1996 17 0 17
1997 12 0 12
1998 12 0 12
1999 18 0 18
2000 11 0 11
2001 17 0 17
2002 18 0 18
2003 17 0 17
2004 23 0 23
2005 19 0 19
2006 28 0 28
2007 18 0 18
2008 29 0 29
2009 26 0 26
2010 22 0 22
2011 41 0 41
2012 32 0 32
2013 39 0 39
2014 39 0 39
2015 30 0 30
2016 42 0 42
2017 43 0 43

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Popularity of Ram as a first name

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Popularity of Ram as a last name

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Common last names for Ram

  • Singh
  • Sharma
  • Prasad
  • Lal
  • Gupta

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Ram U.S.
  White 14.61% 64.26%
  African American 5.11% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 61.72% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.73% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 9.21% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 8.62% 16.26%

Of Last Name Ram

People with the last name Ram are most frequently White or Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander

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Fun Facts about the name Ram

  • How Popular is the name Ram? Ram is the 12,308th most popular name of all time. As a last name Ram was the 8,547th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Ram have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 783 babies born with the first name Ram in the United States. That's more than enough people named Ram to occupy the territory of Cocos (Keeling) Islands (Australia) with an estimated population of 605 (as of June 30, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Ram? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1970 when it was given as a first name to 8 new born babies.
  • When was Ram first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Ram is Wednesday, September 21st, 1881.
  • What year had the most people named Ram born? The highest recorded use of the first name Ram was in 2017 with a total of 43 babies.
  • Random Ram Factoid: According to the 2012 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Ram is not a popular baby boy's name in California. Imagine that, only 6 babies in California have the same name as you in 2012.
  • Weird things about the name Ram: Your name in reverse order is Mar. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Amr. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Ram? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 3,853 people with the last name Ram.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Ram? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 1 of them will have Ram as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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