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Ramsey Family History

Ramsey Name Meaning

Scottish English and Irish (Antrim): habitational name from Ramsey (Huntingdonshire now part of Cambridgeshire) from Old English hramsa ‘wild garlic’ + ēg ‘island low-lying land’. Alternatively the name may also arise from Ramsey (Essex) probably from the same etymology as the Huntingdonshire placename. However this is unlikely to be the source of the Scottish surname. This form of the surname is also common in Ireland where it is probably in most if not all cases an altered form of Scottish 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 USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 205 Ramsey families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 20% of all the recorded Ramsey's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Ramsey families in 1840.
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What did your Ramsey ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Ramsey. 19% of Ramsey men worked as a Farmer and 8% of Ramsey women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Ramsey were Truck Driver and Maid. .

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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 1940

  • Farmer
    19%
  • Laborer
    15%
  • Salesman
    4%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housekeeper
    8%
  • Housewife
    7%
  • Teacher
    7%
  • Maid
    6%
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Census Records

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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 the USA, 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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