The name Ravenhall reached England
in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Ravenhall 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 Ravenhall family
The surname Ravenhall 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 Ravenhall family
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Ravenhall Spelling Variations
Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Ravenhall family name include Ravenel, Ravenell, Ravenhill, Ravenhall, Ravenholl and many more.
Early Notables of the Ravenhall family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ravenhall family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Ravenhall family to immigrate North America: Mary Ravenell who settled in Virginia in 1660; Rene Ravenel and his wife, who came to Carolina in 1695; Henry Ravenhill, who settled in Virginia in 1705.