Ravenell is a name that was carried to England
in the great wave of migration from Normandy
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Ravenell family lived in Herefordshire
. Their name, however, is a reference to Revenel, Normandy
, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest
Early Origins of the Ravenell family
The surname Ravenell was 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.
Early History of the Ravenell family
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Ravenell Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Ravenell include Ravenel, Ravenell, Ravenhill, Ravenhall, Ravenholl and many more.
Early Notables of the Ravenell family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ravenell family to the New World and Oceana
at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Ravenells to arrive on North American shores:
Ravenell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Mary Ravenell, who landed in America in 1654-1679 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 Ravenell who settled in Virginia in 1660