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The name Ravel has a long French heritage that first began in southern region of Languedoc. The name is derived from when the family lived in Languedoc but the name could have also been derived from the Old French word "grave," which meant "gravel."

Early Origins of the Ravel family


The surname Ravel was first found in Languedoc, where the family has held a family seat since very early times.

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Early History of the Ravel family

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Early History of the Ravel family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ravel research.
Another 260 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1096, 1150, 1248, 1669, 1788, 1651 and 1708 are included under the topic Early Ravel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Ravel Spelling Variations

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Ravel Spelling Variations


There were a great number of spelling variations in French surnames. One reason for this was the wide variety of cultural influences present in France during the early development of the French language. The many spelling variations of the name include Grave, Grève, de Grèves, Grauve, Greive, Le Grave, de Grave, Graves and many more.

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Early Notables of the Ravel family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Ravel family (pre 1700)


Notable amongst the family name at this time was Hugues, a Lord of Villegly and of Félines; and Jacques Gravier (1651-1708), a French Jesuit missionary in the New World from Moulins, Allier...
Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ravel Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Migration of the Ravel family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Ravel family to the New World and Oceana


By 1643 there were only about 300 people in Quebec. Since immigration was slow, early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported to Louisiana. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The distinguished family name Ravel has made significant contributions to the culture, arts, sciences and religion of France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Ravel were

Ravel Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Julia Ravel, aged 50, originally from Geneva, Switzerland, who arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Saint Paul" from Cherbourg, France [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6XW-PNY : 6 December 2014), Julia Ravel, 29 Apr 1920; citing departure port Cherbourg, France, arrival port New York, ship name Saint Paul, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Joseph Ravel, aged 19, who arrived in New York in 1921 aboard the ship "Asia" from Marseilles, France [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6JZ-7WP : 6 December 2014), Joseph Ravel, 30 Apr 1921; citing departure port Marseilles, arrival port New York, ship name Asia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Julia Ravel, aged 11, who arrived in New York in 1921 aboard the ship "Regina d'Italia" from Naples, Italy [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6VZ-34S : 6 December 2014), Julia Ravel, 06 Jan 1921; citing departure port Naples, arrival port New York, ship name Regina d'Italia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Elisabette Ravel, aged 40, who arrived in New York in 1921 aboard the ship "Regina d'Italia" from Naples, Italy [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6VZ-349 : 6 December 2014), Elisabette Ravel, 06 Jan 1921; citing departure port Naples, arrival port New York, ship name Regina d'Italia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

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Contemporary Notables of the name Ravel (post 1700)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Ravel (post 1700)


  • Jean-François de Ravel de Puycontal, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, August 12) Jean-François Ravel. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html
  • Maurice Ravel (1875-1937), French composer
  • Edeet Ravel, Israeli-Canadian novelist born in Israel and raised in Montreal, Quebec, Canada

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  1. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6XW-PNY : 6 December 2014), Julia Ravel, 29 Apr 1920; citing departure port Cherbourg, France, arrival port New York, ship name Saint Paul, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  2. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6JZ-7WP : 6 December 2014), Joseph Ravel, 30 Apr 1921; citing departure port Marseilles, arrival port New York, ship name Asia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6VZ-34S : 6 December 2014), Julia Ravel, 06 Jan 1921; citing departure port Naples, arrival port New York, ship name Regina d'Italia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6VZ-349 : 6 December 2014), Elisabette Ravel, 06 Jan 1921; citing departure port Naples, arrival port New York, ship name Regina d'Italia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  5. ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, August 12) Jean-François Ravel. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html

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