The Reven surname is a Scottish habitation name. That is, the surname is derived from a place name. Some suggest the name is derived from the lands in Perthshire
long held by this family.
Early Origins of the Reven family
The surname Reven was first found in Angus
(Gaelic: Aonghas), at Ruthven, a parish in the Tayside region of northeastern Scotland
, and present day Council Area of Angus
, formerly known as Forfar or Forfarshire
. This noble Scottish family claims to trace its ancestry to Thor, the Scandinavian, who settled in Scotland
in the reign of David I (12th C.) CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
It is thought that they held the Barony of Ruthven in Angus
about 1050, and then branched into Perthshire.
Early History of the Reven family
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Reven Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Ruthven, Ruthen, Ruthin, Wruthven, Wruthen, Rutheven, Rotheven, Rothveyn and many more.
Early Notables of the Reven family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the Clan
from early times was William Ruthven, 1st Lord Ruthven (died c. 1528), a Scottish nobleman, Privy Counsellor of Scotland; William Ruthven, 2nd Lord Ruthven (died 1552), a Scottish nobleman, Extraordinary Lord of Session and Keeper of the Privy Seal; Patrick Ruthven (ca.1520-1566) 3rd Lord of Ruthven, Privy... Another 108 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Reven Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Reven family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: James Ruthven, who arrived in America in 1785; Neil Ruthven, who was on record in Ontario in 1815; Colin Ruthven, who arrived in Ontario in 1818; Hugh Ruthven, who settled in Ontario in 1818.