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Ramsay Family History

Ramsay Name Meaning

Scottish and English: variant (the usual spelling in Scotland) of Ramsey . The Scottish Ramsays derive from Simund de Ramesie recorded before 1175 who went to Scotland from Ramsey (Huntingdonshire).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Ramsey, Rasar, Rans, Casady, Massey, Ramig, Rampey, Rasey, Ramshaw

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Where is the Ramsay family from?

You can see how Ramsay families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Ramsay family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Ramsay families were found in and Scotland in 1841. In 1911 there were 363 Ramsay families living in Ontario. This was about 38% of all the recorded Ramsay's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Ramsay families in 1911.
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What did your Ramsay ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Ramsay. 48% of Ramsay men worked as a Farmer and 16% of Ramsay women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Ramsay were Laborer and School Teacher. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1921

  • Farmer
  • Carpenter
  • Labourer
  • Laborer

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Stenographer
  • Clerk
  • Servant
  • School Teacher
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Census Records

There are 181,000 census records available for the last name Ramsay. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Ramsay census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 40,000 immigration records available for the last name Ramsay. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 23,000 military records available for the last name Ramsay. For the veterans among your Ramsay ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Ramsay lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Ramsay life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1983. The average life expectancy for Ramsay in 1942 was 45, and 78 in 2004.

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