The parish of Ramnæs was established as a municipality January 1, 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). According to the 1835 census the municipality had a population of 2,716. On 16 July 1873 an uninhabited part of Våle municipality was moved to Ramnes following a royal resolution. On January 1, 2002 Ramnes was merged with Våle to form the new municipality of Re. In 1996 Ramnes had a population of 3,579.
The municipality and originally the parish was named after the old farm Ramnes (Old Norse Rafnnes), since the first church was built there. The first element is rafn m 'raven', the last element is nes n 'headland'. (Here the headland is made by the meeting of two rivers.)
Church (Ramnes kirke) is a medieval era stone church for the parish of Ramnes in Nord-Jarlsberg rural deanery. The building material is stone and brick and it was built in 1150. The baptismal font from the 1100s. The towers are from the early 1600s. The altarpiece and pulpit and from the second half of the 1600s. The church is of long plan and has 250 number of seats. 
- Dag Jukvam / Statistics Norway (1999). "Historisk oversikt over endringer i kommune- og fylkesinndelingen" (in Norwegian).
- Registreringssentral for historiske data. "Hjemmehørende folkemengde Vestfold 1801-1960" (in Norwegian). University of Tromsø.
- Ramnes Church (in Norwegian)
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