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Ranum Family History

Ranum Name Meaning

Norwegian: habitational name from any of several farmsteads named in Old Norse as either Ranheimr or Randheimr, the second element in each case being heimr ‘home’, ‘farmstead’, the first elements being respectively rani ‘muzzle’, ‘nose’ (with reference to a natural formation, such as a mountain or rocky outcrop so shaped), and rand ‘edge’, ‘brink’. Danish: habitational name from a place name with the same derivation as Randheimr (see 1).

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


Similar surnames: Tranum, Granum, Narum, Marum, Ram, Ramm, Rana, Raum, Rank, Ranz

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Where is the Ranum family from?

You can see how Ranum families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Ranum family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1880 and 1920. The most Ranum families were found in USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 17 Ranum families living in Dakota Territory. This was about 36% of all the recorded Ranum's in USA. Dakota Territory had the highest population of Ranum families in 1880.
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What did your Ranum ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Telegraph Operator were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Ranum. 34% of Ranum men worked as a Farmer and 50% of Ranum women worked as a Telegraph Operator. Some less common occupations for Americans named Ranum were Farm Laborer 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 1940

  • Farmer
    34%
  • Laborer
    24%
  • Carpenter
    15%
  • Farm Laborer
    12%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Telegraph Operator
    50%
  • Teacher
    50%
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Census Records

There are 2,000 census records available for the last name Ranum. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Ranum 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 202 immigration records available for the last name Ranum. 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 320 military records available for the last name Ranum. For the veterans among your Ranum ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Ranum lifespan?

Between 1963 and 2004, in the United States, Ranum life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1995, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Ranum in 1963 was 67, and 91 in 2004.

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