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Ranson Name Meaning

English: variant of Ransom . French (mainly northern) Flemish and Walloon: variant of Renson

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


Similar surnames: Ransom, Ramson, Branson, Hanson, Anson, Manson, Janson, Brandon

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Where is the Ranson family from?

You can see how Ranson families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Ranson family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Ranson families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 15 Ranson families living in New York. This was about 19% of all the recorded Ranson's in USA. New York had the highest population of Ranson families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Ranson surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Ranson ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Ranson. 24% of Ranson men worked as a Laborer and 12% of Ranson women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Ranson were Truck Driver and Laborer. .

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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
    24%
  • Farmer
    19%
  • Carpenter
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housekeeper
    12%
  • Maid
    10%
  • Teacher
    8%
  • Laborer
    5%
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Census Records

There are 58,000 census records available for the last name Ranson. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Ranson 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 146,000 immigration records available for the last name Ranson. 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 6,000 military records available for the last name Ranson. For the veterans among your Ranson ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Ranson lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Ranson life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1949, and highest in 1981. The average life expectancy for Ranson in 1948 was 53, and 73 in 2004.

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