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Ram Name Meaning

Indian (northern and southern states): Hindu name from Sanskrit rama ‘pleasing’, ‘charming’, name of an incarnation of Vishnu. In the northern states, it probably evolved into a family name from use as the final element of a compound personal names such as Atmaram (with Sanskrit atma ‘soul’) or Sitaram (with Sita, the name of Rama’s wife). In South India it is used only as a male given name, but has come to be used as a family name in the U.S. among people from South India. Among Tamil and Malayalam speakers who have migrated from their home states, it is a variant of Raman. Dutch and English: from Middle Low German ram, Middle English ram ‘ram’, either in the sense ‘male sheep’ or in the sense ‘battering ram’ or ‘pile driver’. Swedish: ornamental name from a place name element, either from Old Norse hrafn ‘raven’ (Swedish ramm) or from dialect ramm ‘water meadow’. Jewish (Israeli): ornamental name from Hebrew ram ‘lofty’. Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): acronymic name of uncertain etymology. Southern French: topographic name meaning ‘branch’ and denoting someone who lived in a leafy wooded area.

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


Similar surnames: Raj, Ramm, Ray, Ras, Kam, Rom, Rao, Raw, Rama, Rahm

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Where is the Ram family from?

You can see how Ram families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Ram family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Ram families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 2 Ram families living in New York. This was about 50% of all the recorded Ram's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Ram families in 1840.
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What did your Ram ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Ram. 35% of Ram men worked as a Laborer and 25% of Ram women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Ram were Carpenter and Housekeeper.

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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

  • Laborer
    35%
  • Farmer
    10%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Carpenter
    7%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    25%
  • Saleslady
    25%
  • Teacher
    17%
  • Housekeeper
    17%
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Passenger Lists

There are 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Ram. 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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There are 14,000 military records available for the last name Ram. For the veterans among your Ram ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Ram lifespan?

Between 1951 and 2004, in the United States, Ram life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1961, and highest in 1992. The average life expectancy for Ram in 1951 was 65, and 72 in 2004.

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