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The name Ravenel was brought to England in the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Ravenel family lived in Herefordshire. Their name, however, is a reference to Revenel, Normandy, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066.

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Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Ravenel have been found, including Ravenel, Ravenell, Ravenhill, Ravenhall, Ravenholl and many more.

First found in Herefordshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Rovenhall. They were originally from Revenel in Normandy and were granted lands after the conquest of England by Duke William of Normandy at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ravenel research. Another 228 words (16 lines of text) covering the year 1743 is included under the topic Early Ravenel History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Ravenel Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Ravenel were among those contributors:

Ravenel Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Rene Ravenel, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1682
  • Rene Ravenel and his wife, who came to Carolina in 1695

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  • Charles D. Ravenel, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Senator from South Carolina, 1978
  • Arthur Ravenel Jr. (b. 1927), American Republican politician, Member of South Carolina State House of Representatives, 1953-58; Member of South Carolina State Senate, 1980-86


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The Ravenel Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ravenel 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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