Ramsden Family History

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Ramsden Name Meaning

Northern English: habitational name from any of various places so called from Old English hramsa ‘wild garlic’ (or possibly the genitive case of the Old English byname Ram(m) ‘ram’) + denu ‘valley’. There are villages so named in Essex, Kent, Oxfordshire, and Warwickshire, but the surname is most common in Yorkshire, where there are several minor places so named, Ramsden in the parish of Kirkburton being a well-recorded instance.

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

Similar surnames: Ramsdell, Amsden, Marsden, Ramsey, Lumsden, Gadsden, Camden, Ramson

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Ramsden Family Origin

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Ramsden Family Occupations

What did your Ramsden ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Coal Miner, Farmer and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Ramsden. A less common occupation for the Ramsden family was Woollen Weaver. The most common Ramsden occupation in the UK was Coal Miner. 10% of Ramsden's were Coal Miners.

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  • Coal Miner

  • Farmer

  • Labourer

  • Woollen Weaver


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Ramsden ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Ramsden Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 116,000 census records available for the last name Ramsden. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Ramsden census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 9,000 immigration records available for the last name Ramsden. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 5,000 military records available for the last name Ramsden. For the veterans among your Ramsden ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Ramsden Life Expectancy

What is the average Ramsden lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Ramsden life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 1988. The average life expectancy for Ramsden in 1950 was 46, and 74 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Ramsden

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Ramsden ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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