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Meaning and Origin

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Wiktionary

From Old English hramsa (“wild garlic”) + īeġ (“island”).

  1. Any of a number of places, including a the third-largest town in the Isle of Man and a small town in Huntingdonshire, England
  2. A habitational surname​ from the town in Huntingdonshire.
  3. A male given name transferred from the surname.

Notable Persons Named Ramsey

Ramsey Clark is an office holder. His military service ended in 1946. Ramsey was born on December 18th, 1927 in Dallas.

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Ramsey Lewis is a jazz, jazz-funk, and pop music composer, pianist, and radio personality. He was most active from 1956 to present. Ramsey was given the name Ramsey Emmanuel Lewis, Jr. on May 27th, 1935.

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Ramsey was born on April 1st, 1988 in Concord, California.

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Ramsey Campbell is a horror fiction, thriller (genre), dark fantasy, and science fiction writer. Ramsey was given the name John Ramsey Campbell on January 4th, 1946 in Liverpool, Merseyside, England.

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Ramsey Nouah is an actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1993 to present. Ramsey was given the name Ramsey Tokunbo Nouah Jr. on December 19th, 1970 in Edo, Nigeria.

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His ongoing career started in 1995. Ramsey was born on January 28th, 1974 in Rotterdam.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Ramsey

JonBenét was given the name JonBenét Patricia Ramsey by their parents Patsy Ramsey and John Bennett Ramsey on August 6th, 1990 in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. They died on December 25th, 1996.

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Aaron Ramsey is a soccer player for the Arsenal F.C., Cardiff City F.C., Nottingham Forest F.C., Wales national under-17 football team, Wales national under-21 football team, and Wales national football team. Aaron was born on December 26th, 1990 in Caerphilly, Wales.

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John was born on December 7th, 1943 in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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Patricia was given the name Patricia Ann Paugh on December 29th, 1956 in Gilbert, West Virginia. She died on June 24th, 2006.

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Dave Ramsey is an author, radio host, and radio personality. Dave was given the name David L. Ramsey III on September 3rd, 1960 in Antioch, Tennessee.

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Geoff Ramsey is a film producer and actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 2003 to present. Geoff was given the name Geoffrey Fink on June 19th, 1975 in Mobile, Alabama.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1894 7 0 7
1910 5 0 5
1912 7 0 7
1913 7 0 7
1914 8 0 8
1915 11 0 11
1916 13 0 13
1917 14 0 14
1918 12 0 12
1919 7 0 7
1920 10 0 10
1921 11 0 11
1922 13 0 13
1923 16 0 16
1924 15 0 15
1925 14 0 14
1926 12 0 12
1927 12 0 12
1928 9 0 9
1929 10 0 10
1930 7 0 7
1931 6 0 6
1932 12 0 12
1933 14 0 14
1934 6 0 6
1935 10 0 10
1936 10 0 10
1937 9 0 9
1938 11 0 11
1939 16 0 16
1940 15 0 15
1941 9 0 9
1942 12 0 12
1943 13 0 13
1944 8 0 8
1945 7 0 7
1946 17 0 17
1947 17 0 17
1948 13 0 13
1949 16 0 16
1950 15 0 15
1951 22 0 22
1952 22 0 22
1953 24 0 24
1954 16 0 16
1955 17 0 17
1956 23 0 23
1957 20 0 20
1958 25 0 25
1959 22 0 22
1960 26 0 26
1961 20 0 20
1962 14 0 14
1963 27 0 27
1964 36 0 36
1965 32 5 27
1966 40 0 40
1967 36 0 36
1968 52 0 52
1969 41 0 41
1970 58 6 52
1971 50 6 44
1972 52 6 46
1973 58 0 58
1974 77 8 69
1975 56 0 56
1976 67 6 61
1977 97 14 83
1978 81 10 71
1979 108 8 100
1980 117 8 109
1981 121 14 107
1982 109 13 96
1983 99 8 91
1984 123 19 104
1985 115 19 96
1986 116 25 91
1987 123 11 112
1988 91 14 77
1989 108 14 94
1990 117 20 97
1991 146 17 129
1992 116 17 99
1993 117 29 88
1994 140 28 112
1995 145 19 126
1996 114 27 87
1997 182 48 134
1998 160 42 118
1999 115 29 86
2000 139 29 110
2001 132 44 88
2002 147 38 109
2003 156 39 117
2004 155 53 102
2005 198 75 123
2006 160 46 114
2007 150 44 106
2008 158 45 113
2009 139 41 98
2010 145 48 97
2011 157 52 105
2012 156 55 101
2013 168 49 119
2014 154 60 94
2015 213 83 130
2016 265 115 150
2017 262 110 152

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Popularity of Ramsey as a first name

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Popularity of Ramsey as a last name

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Common last names for Ramsey

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Ramsey U.S.
  White 77.84% 64.26%
  African American 16.51% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.46% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.70% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.02% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.46% 16.26%

Of Last Name Ramsey

People with the last name Ramsey are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Ramsey

  • How Popular is the name Ramsey? Ramsey is the 3,052nd most popular name of all time. As a last name Ramsey was the 412th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Ramsey have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 7,203 babies born with the first name Ramsey in the United States. That's more than enough people named Ramsey to occupy the territory of Saint Pierre and Miquelon (France) with an estimated population of 6,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Ramsey? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1894 when it was given as a first name to 7 new born babies.
  • When was Ramsey first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Ramsey is Thursday, March 25th, 1875.
  • What year had the most people named Ramsey born? The highest recorded use of the first name Ramsey was in 2017 with a total of 152 babies.
  • Random Ramsey Factoid: According to the 2010 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Ramsey is not a popular baby girl's name in Texas. Imagine that, only 7 babies in Texas have the same name as you in 2010.
  • Weird things about the name Ramsey: Your name in reverse order is Yesmar. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Amyrse. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Ramsey? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 78,350 people with the last name Ramsey.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Ramsey? Ramsey was ranked as the 412th most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!

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