Origins Available: Dutch
The name Ravens was brought to England
by the Normans
when they conquered the country in 1066. It 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 Ravens family
The surname Ravens 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 Ravens family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ravens research.Another 200 words (14 lines of text) covering the year 1086 is included under the topic Early Ravens History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Ravens 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 Ravens family name include Raven, Ravens and others.
Early Notables of the Ravens family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ravens 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 Ravens family to immigrate North America:
Ravens Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Richard Ravens, who landed in Maryland in 1659-1664 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)
Ravens Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- John Henry Ravens, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1853
Contemporary Notables of the name Ravens (post 1700)
- Rupert Ravens, American politician, Representative from New Jersey 13th District, 1996 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 28) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html