Ranson Family History

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Ranson Name Meaning

English (chiefly East Anglia): patronymic from the Middle English personal name Rand(e) (see Rand 1). French: variant of Renson, a reduced form of Rennesson, a pet form (with the double diminutive suffix -esson) of a personal name derived from the Germanic name Ragino or a compound name with the first element ragin- ‘counsel’.

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

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

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Ranson Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Ranson name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Ranson. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • France


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Ranson Family Origin

Where is the Ranson family from?

Ranson Family Occupations

What did your Ranson ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Ranson occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 5% of Ranson's were Agricultural Labourers. A less common occupation for the Ranson family was Annuitant. Agricultural Labourer, Coal Miner and Farmer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Ranson.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Coal Miner

  • Farmer

  • Annuitant


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

Ranson Historical Records

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Census Record

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 List

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 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 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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Ranson Life Expectancy

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Ranson 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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