Last name origins & meanings:
- Indian (northern and southern states): Hindu name from Sanskrit
rāma ‘pleasing’, ‘charming’, name of an incarnation of
Vishnu. In the northern states, it probably evolved into a family name
from use as the final element of a compound personal names such as
Atmaram (with Sanskrit ātmā ‘soul’) or
Sitaram (with Sita, the name of Rama’s wife). In South
India it is used only as a male given name, but has come to be used as
a family name in the U.S. among people from South India. Among Tamil
and Malayalam speakers who have migrated from their home states, it is
a variant of Raman.
- Dutch and English: from Middle
Low German ram, Middle English ram ‘ram’, either in the
sense ‘male sheep’ or in the sense ‘battering ram’ or ‘pile driver’.
- Swedish: ornamental name from a place name
element, either from Old Norse hrafn ‘raven’ (Swedish
ramm) or from dialect ramm ‘water meadow’.
- Jewish (Israeli): ornamental name from Hebrew ram
- Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): acronymic name of uncertain
- Southern French: topographic name meaning
‘branch’ and denoting someone who lived in a leafy wooded
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