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Ramsey Name Meaning

Scottish: habitational name from a place in Huntingdonshire (now part of Cambridgeshire), so called from Old English hramsa ‘wild garlic’ + eg ‘island’, ‘low-lying land’. There are other places in England called Ramsey, but the one in Huntingdonshire is almost certainly the source of the surname. The usual spelling of the surname in Scotland is Ramsay.

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


Similar surnames: Rumsey, Ramsden, Ramser, Ramsay, Rampey, Kimsey, Massey, Romney

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Where is the Ramsey family from?

You can see how Ramsey families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Ramsey family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Ramsey families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 290 Ramsey families living in Ontario. This was about 40% of all the recorded Ramsey's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Ramsey families in 1911.
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What did your Ramsey ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Ramsey. 32% of Ramsey men worked as a Farmer and 12% of Ramsey women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Ramsey were Carpenter and 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
    32%
  • Laborer
    9%
  • Labourer
    9%
  • Carpenter
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Housekeeper
    12%
  • Clerk
    10%
  • Domestic
    10%
  • Teacher
    8%
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Census Records

There are 343,000 census records available for the last name Ramsey. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Ramsey 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 26,000 immigration records available for the last name Ramsey. 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 71,000 military records available for the last name Ramsey. For the veterans among your Ramsey ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Ramsey lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Ramsey life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Ramsey in 1941 was 34, and 75 in 2004.

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