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Ramsden Name Meaning

Northern English: habitational name from any of various places so called from Old English hramsa ‘wild garlic’ (or possibly the genitive case of the Old English byname Ram(m) ‘ram’) + denu ‘valley’. There are villages so named in Essex, Kent, Oxfordshire, and Warwickshire, but the surname is most common in Yorkshire, where there are several minor places so named, Ramsden in the parish of Kirkburton being a well-recorded instance.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Ramsdell, Amsden, Marsden, Ramsey, Lumsden, Gadsden, Camden, Ramson

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Where is the Ramsden family from?

You can see how Ramsden families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Ramsden family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Ramsden families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1911 there were 78 Ramsden families living in Ontario. This was about 74% of all the recorded Ramsden's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Ramsden families in 1911.
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What did your Ramsden ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Laborer and Bookkeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Ramsden. 19% of Ramsden men worked as a Laborer and 43% of Ramsden women worked as a Bookkeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Ramsden were Agent and Nurse.

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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

  • Laborer
    19%
  • Farmer
    13%
  • Labourer
    10%
  • Agent
    10%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Bookkeeper
    43%
  • Stenographer
    29%
  • Nurse
    29%
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Census Records

There are 116,000 census records available for the last name Ramsden. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Ramsden 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 9,000 immigration records available for the last name Ramsden. 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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There are 5,000 military records available for the last name Ramsden. For the veterans among your Ramsden ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Ramsden lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Ramsden life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 1988. The average life expectancy for Ramsden in 1950 was 46, and 74 in 2004.

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