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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.

Raven Early Origins



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.

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Raven Spelling Variations


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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.

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Raven Early History


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Raven Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Raven research. Another 200 words (14 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.

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Raven Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Raven Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Raven Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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
  • Luke Raven, who arrived in Virginia in 1664
  • 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
  • Henry Raven, who settled in Maryland in 1720

Raven Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Richard Raven, aged 43, landed in New York in 1812
  • Thomas Raven, aged 30, landed in New York in 1812
  • Cornelius B. Raven, who was naturalized in New York in 1838
  • Albert Raven, aged 23, arrived in Missouri in 1845
  • Charles Henri Raven, who came to 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 arrived in Port Misery aboard the ship "Duchess of Northumberland" in 1839 [1]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 arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Harpley" in 1849
  • Maria Raven arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Simlah" in 1849
  • Charles Raven arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Simlah" in 1849
  • Claudius Raven arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Simlah" in 1849

Raven Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Willaim Raven, aged 38, a saddler, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1856
  • Susan Raven, aged 11, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1856
  • George Raven, aged 10, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1856
  • John Raven, aged 40, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Avalanche" in 1875
  • Charlotte Raven, aged 36, 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.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Raven (post 1700)


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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
  • Arlene Raven (b. 1944), American art historian and author
  • Simon Arthur NoŽl 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

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Raven Historic Events


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Raven Historic Events




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 on May 29th 1914

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  1. ^ 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

Other References

  1. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  2. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  3. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  4. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  5. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  6. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  7. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  9. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  10. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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The Raven Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Raven Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 28 January 2016 at 12:53.

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