RAMOS Surname Meaning and Origin

One of the possible meanings of the Ramos surname is olive branch.
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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:

  1. 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.
  2. Palms or palm branches, from "Domingo dos Ramos," a Catholic feast day known as Sunday of the Palms or Palm Sunday.
  3. A habitational name for someone from one of many towns called Ramos, in Spain and Portugal.

Surname Origin: Spanish, Portuguese

Alternate 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 competitor
  • Fidel Ramos - 12th President of the Philippines
  • Sarah Ramos - American actress

Genealogy Resources for the Surname RAMOS

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Ramos Family Crest - It's Not What You Think
Contrary to what you may hear, there is no such thing as a coat of arms for the Ramos surname. Coats of arms are granted to individuals, not families, and may rightfully be used only by the direct male line descendants of the person to whom the coat of arms was originally granted. 

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.

RAMOS Surname & Family Mailing Lists
RootsWeb hosts several free mailing lists for researchers of the Ramos surname. You can also search or browse the list archive to access over a decade of past postings.

DistantCousin.com - RAMOS Genealogy & Family History
Explore free databases and genealogy links for the last name Ramos.

The Ramos Genealogy and Family Tree Page
Browse genealogy records and links to genealogical and historical records for individuals with the Ramos surname from the website of Genealogy Today.


References: Surname Meanings & Origins

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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.

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