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Raven History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms


Origins Available: Dutch , English


Raven is one of the names that was brought to England in the wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Raven family name comes from the Old English given name Raven. This name is a variation of the Old English word Hroefn, which indicated the large black bird we now call the raven, and was sometimes used as a nickname for someone with very dark hair.


Early Origins of the Raven family


The surname Raven was first found in Leicestershire where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Raven family


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Another 85 words (6 lines of text) covering the year 1086 is included under the topic Early Raven History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Raven Spelling Variations


The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Raven has been recorded under many different variations, including Raven, Ravens and others.

Early Notables of the Raven family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Raven family to the New World and Oceana


To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Ravens were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Raven Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Peter Raven, who settled in Virginia in 1648
  • Peter Raven, who arrived in Virginia in 1648 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Luke Raven, who arrived in Virginia in 1664 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Mary Raven, who settled in Barbados in 1664
  • John and Jane Raven, and their four daughters, who settled in Maryland in 1672
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Raven Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Matthew Raven, who landed in Virginia in 1714 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Henry Raven, who settled in Maryland in 1720

Raven Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Richard Raven, aged 43, who landed in New York in 1812 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Thomas Raven, aged 30, who landed in New York in 1812 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Cornelius B. Raven, who was naturalized in New York in 1838
  • Albert Raven, aged 23, who arrived in Missouri in 1845 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Charles Henri Raven, who settled in America in 1857
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Raven Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Matthew Raven, who arrived in Port Misery aboard the ship "Duchess of Northumberland" in 1839 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) THE DUCHESS OF Northumberland - 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839DuchessOfNorthumberland.htm
  • James Raven, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Harpley" in 1849 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HARPLEY 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Harpley.htm
  • Maria Raven, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Simlah" in 1849 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The SIMLAH 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Simlah.htm
  • Charles Raven, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Simlah" in 1849 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The SIMLAH 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Simlah.htm
  • Claudius Raven, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Simlah" in 1849 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The SIMLAH 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Simlah.htm

Raven Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Willaim Raven, aged 38, a saddler, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1856
  • Susan Raven, aged 11, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1856
  • George Raven, aged 10, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1856
  • John Raven, aged 40, a labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Avalanche" in 1875
  • Charlotte Raven, aged 36, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Avalanche" in 1875
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Raven (post 1700)


  • Alfred H. Raven, American politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Philadelphia County, 1893-96 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 28) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Arlene Raven (b. 1944), American art historian and author
  • John Samuel Raven (1829-1877), English landscape-painter, born at Preston, Lancashire, son of Thomas Raven, minister of Holy Trinity Church in that town
  • Simon Arthur Noël Raven, English novelist, journalist and dramatist
  • David Haydn Raven (b. 1985), English football player
  • Dame Kathleen Annie Raven (1910-1999), British nurse, matron, and government health official
  • Charlotte Raven (b. 1969), British author and journalist
  • Andrew Owen Earle Raven, Scottish conservationist
  • Raven Ioor McDavid Jr. (1911-1984), American linguist who specialized in dialectology
  • Raven Chacon (b. 1977), American composer and artist

Historic Events for the Raven family



Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. Lorenzo Ross Raven (1856-1914), Canadian Third Class Passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html

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Citations


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) THE DUCHESS OF NORTHUMBERLAND - 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839DuchessOfNorthumberland.htm
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HARPLEY 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Harpley.htm
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The SIMLAH 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Simlah.htm
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 28) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  6. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html


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