Humanities › History & Culture RAMOS Surname Meaning and Origin Share Flipboard Email Print One of the possible meanings of the Ramos surname is olive branch. Pepe Nilsson / Getty Images History & Culture Genealogy Surnames Basics Genealogy Fun Vital Records Around the World American History African American History African History Ancient History and Culture Asian History European History Inventions Latin American History Medieval & Renaissance History Military History The 20th Century Women's History View More By Kimberly Powell Genealogy Expert Certificate in Genealogical Research, Boston University B.A., Carnegie Mellon University Kimberly Powell is a professional genealogist and the author of The Everything Guide to Online Genealogy. She teaches at the Genealogical Institute of Pittsburgh and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. our editorial process Kimberly Powell Updated March 24, 2019 The exact derivation of the Ramos surname is in dispute, depending upon the family's origin (Portuguese, Cuban, Mexican, Brazilian, etc.) The most commonly accepted meanings are: Branches or offshoots, or an olive branch, from the plural of ramo, Latin ramus, meaning "branch." It often referred to someone who lived in a thickly wooded area.Palms or palm branches, from "Domingo dos Ramos," a Catholic feast day known as Sunday of the Palms or Palm Sunday.A habitational name for someone from one of many towns called Ramos, in Spain and Portugal. Ramos is the 20th most common Hispanic surname. Surname Origin: Spanish, PortugueseAlternate Surname Spellings: RAMOSE, RAMOSE, RAMIS, RAMO, RAMON Where Do People With the Ramos Surname Live? WorldNames PublicProfile places the majority of individuals with the Ramos surname in Spain, especially in the region of Islas Canarias, followed by Extremadura, Castilla Y Leon, and Andalucia. This data does not include all of the Spanish-speaking countries, however. Forebears, which does include additional data from other countries, has it ranked 14th in Peru, 23rd in Cuba, 25th in Spain, 30th in Mexico and 35th in Brazil. Famous People With the Surname RAMOS Rodolfo Ramos: Professional skateboarder & X-games competitorFidel Ramos: 12th President of the PhilippinesSarah Ramos: American actress Genealogy Resources for the Surname RAMOS Ramos RootsPath - RAMOS Surname DNA Project: Join other Ramos males in sorting out the various Ramos ancestral lines through Y Chromosome DNA testing.Ramos Family Genealogy Forum: Search this popular genealogy forum for the Ramos surname to find others who might be researching your ancestors, or post your own Ramos query.FamilySearch - RAMOS Genealogy: Access over 3.3 million free historical records and lineage-linked family trees posted for the Ramos surname and its variations on this free genealogy website hosted by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Resources and Further Reading Cottle, Basil. "Penguin Dictionary of Surnames." Baltimore: Penguin Books, 1967.Menk, Lars. "A Dictionary of German Jewish Surnames." Bergenfield, NJ: Avotaynu, 2005.Beider, Alexander. "A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from Galicia." Bergenfield, NJ: Avotaynu, 2004.Hanks, Patrick and Flavia Hodges. "A Dictionary of Surnames." New York: Oxford University Press, 1989.Hanks, Patrick. "Dictionary of American Family Names." New York: Oxford University Press, 2003.Hoffman, William F. "Polish Surnames: Origins and Meanings." Chicago: Polish Genealogical Society, 1993.Rymut, Kazimierz. "Nazwiska Polakow." Wroclaw: Zaklad Narodowy im. Ossolinskich - Wydawnictwo, 1991.Smith, Elsdon C. "American Surnames." Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997.