What does the baby name Ransom mean? Learn about what Ransom means, its history & origin, popularity in our random name database, pronunciation, similar names, nicknames & spelling variations.

Ransom - Name Meaning, Origin & Popularity

Spelling of Ransom
R-A-N-S-O-M, is a 6-letter male given name.
Meaning of Ransom
Son of rand, deliverance, rescue.
Origin of Ransom
The name 'Ransom' has English origins. It is derived from the Old English word 'ransom', which means 'redemption' or 'to redeem'. The name originally referred to the act of paying a sum of money or a valuable item to secure the release of a captive or to free someone from captivity.
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Popularity of Ransom
The popularity of the name 'Ransom' has varied over time. It has never been a highly popular name, but it has maintained a steady usage. In recent years, the name has seen a slight increase in popularity, particularly in the United States.
Ransom currently has 2 likes, and is in the top 10% of liked boy's names. The name Abayomi is slightly more popular than Ransom.

Etymology of Ransom

The name 'Ransom' is directly derived from the Old English word 'ransom'. This word has its roots in the Germanic language family, specifically from the Old Norse word 'raun' meaning 'test' or 'proof'. Over time, the meaning of 'ransom' shifted to refer to the act of payment for release or redemption.

Cultural Significance of Ransom

The name 'Ransom' does not hold significant cultural or historical associations. However, the concept of redemption and the act of paying a ransom have been prevalent in various cultures throughout history. The name 'Ransom' may symbolize the hope for deliverance, freedom, or salvation.