Ransom

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Ran"som
Senses
  1. The release of a captive, or of captured property, by payment of a consideration; redemption; as, prisoners hopeless of ransom .
  2. The money or price paid for the redemption of a prisoner, or for goods captured by an enemy; payment for freedom from restraint, penalty, or forfeit."Thy ransom paid, which man from death redeems." [Milton.]"His captivity in Austria, and the heavy ransom he paid for his liberty." [Sir J. Davies.]
  3. [O. Eng. Law] A sum paid for the pardon of some great offense and the discharge of the offender; also, a fine paid in lieu of corporal punishment.

Etymology: OE. raunson raunsoun, OF. rançon raençon raançon, F. rançon, fr. L. redemptio, fr. redimere to redeem. See Redeem, and cf. Redemption

verb Ran"som
Senses
  1. To redeem from captivity, servitude, punishment, or forfeit, by paying a price; to buy out of servitude or penalty; to rescue; to deliver; as, to ransom prisoners from an enemy.
  2. To exact a ransom for, or a payment on.(R)"Such lands as he had rule of he ransomed them so grievously, and would tax the men two or three times in a year." [Berners.]

Etymology: Cf. F. rançonner. See Ransom (n.)

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. The act of freeing from captivity or punishment
  2. Payment for the release of someone
  3. Money demanded for the return of a captured person
  4. Exchange or buy back for money; under threat
Wiktionary

From the Middle English ransoun, from the Old French raençon, from stem of Latin redemptio. (See redemption.) Entered English ca. the 13th century

  1. Money paid for the freeing of a hostage.
    They were held for two million dollars .
    They were held to .
  2. The release of a captive, or of captured property, by payment of a consideration.
    prisoners hopeless of
  3. (historical, law, Britain) A sum paid for the pardon of some great offence and the discharge of the offender; also, a fine paid in lieu of corporal punishment.

Notable Persons Named Ransom

Ransom Riggs is a children's literature writer. Ransom was born in Maryland.

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Ransom E. Olds was a business, automobiles, and car. Ransom was given the name Ransom Eli Olds on June 3rd, 1864 in Geneva, Ohio. He passed away on August 26th, 1950.

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Ransom A. Myers was a in the field of biologist. Ransom was born on June 13th, 1952 in Lula, Mississippi. He passed away on March 27th, 2007.

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Ransom was born on July 12th, 1895. He died on November 14th, 1962.

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Ransom was born on July 7th, 1818 in Bakersfield, Vermont. He left this life on November 9th, 1900.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Ransom

Jessica Ransom is an actress. She was most prominent from 2009 to present. Jessica was born Jessica Ransom in 1981 in Sheffield.

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John Crowe Ransom was an educator, scholar, literary critic, poet, and essayist. John was born on April 30th, 1888 in Pulaski, Tennessee. He left this life on July 3rd, 1974.

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Terrell Ransom Jr is an actor, singer, and musician. They were most active from 2007 to present. Terrell was given the name Terrell Louis Ransom, Jr. on July 5th, 2003 in Royal Oak, Michigan.

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Bishop was born on January 4th, 1861 in Flushing, Ohio. He breathed his last breath on April 22nd, 1959.

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Cody Ransom is an athlete. Cody was born on February 17th, 1976 in Mesa, Arizona.

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Ben was born on February 16th, 1992.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 5 0 5
1881 11 0 11
1882 16 0 16
1883 9 0 9
1884 12 0 12
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1966 14 0 14
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1976 18 0 18
1977 16 0 16
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1980 14 0 14
1981 22 0 22
1982 14 0 14
1983 17 0 17
1984 25 0 25
1985 30 0 30
1986 21 0 21
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1992 23 0 23
1993 27 0 27
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1995 39 0 39
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1997 46 0 46
1998 42 0 42
1999 35 0 35
2000 43 0 43
2001 28 0 28
2002 31 0 31
2003 29 0 29
2004 35 0 35
2005 51 0 51
2006 56 0 56
2007 60 0 60
2008 55 0 55
2009 67 0 67
2010 83 0 83
2011 70 0 70
2012 78 0 78
2013 101 5 96
2014 93 0 93
2015 103 0 103
2016 109 0 109
2017 100 0 100

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Ransom U.S.
  White 53.33% 64.26%
  African American 37.98% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.47% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 2.28% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 3.17% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.76% 16.26%

Of Last Name Ransom

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

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Fun Facts about the name Ransom

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  • How Popular is the name Ransom? Ransom is the 4,285th most popular name of all time. As a last name Ransom was the 2,150th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Ransom have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 4,092 babies born with the first name Ransom in the United States. That's more than enough people named Ransom to occupy the territory of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 4,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Ransom? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Ransom first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Ransom is Friday, May 7th, 1869.
  • What year had the most people named Ransom born? The highest recorded use of the first name Ransom was in 2016 with a total of 109 babies.
  • Random Ransom Factoid: According to the 2013 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Ransom is not a popular baby boy's name in Georgia. Imagine that, only 9 babies in Georgia have the same name as you in 2013.
  • Weird things about the name Ransom: Your name in reverse order is Mosnar. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Snmoar. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Ransom? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 16,871 people with the last name Ransom.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Ransom? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 6 of them will have Ransom 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).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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