Raven name meaning

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Origin and Meaning of Raven

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  1. According to a user from Canada, the name Raven means "Dark haired and/or wise, referring to the bird".
  2. According to a user from the United Kingdom, the name Raven is of English origin and means "Wise, Scary, evil".
  3. According to a user from New York, U.S., the name Raven is of English origin and means "God's gracious provision".
  4. A user from Texas, U.S. says the name Raven means "Messenger of the gods".
  5. A user from Pennsylvania, U.S. says the name Raven is of English origin and means "Raven, Black Bird".
  6. A submission from Missouri, U.S. says the name Raven means "Darkness" and is of English origin.
  7. A user from the United Kingdom says the name Raven is of English origin and means "The name raven means'devils daughter'".
  8. A user from Pennsylvania, U.S. says the name Raven is of African American origin and means "Wolfbird".
  9. According to a user from Ohio, U.S., the name Raven is of Native American origin and means "Little Warrior".
  10. A submission from Georgia, U.S. says the name Raven means "Blackbird" and is of American origin.
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Ra"ven
A large black passerine bird (Corvus corax), similar to the crow, but larger, and has a harsh, loud call. It is native of the northern parts of Europe, Asia and America, and is noted for its sagacity.

Etymology: AS. hræfn; akin to D. raaf, G. rabe, OHG. hraban, Icel. hrafn, Dan. ravn, and perhaps to L. corvus, Gr. ko`rax. √19

adjective Ra"ven
Of the color of the raven; jet black; as, raven curls; raven darkness.
noun Rav"en
  1. Rapine; rapacity.
  2. Prey; plunder; food obtained by violence.

Etymology: OF. ravine impetuosity, violence, F. ravine ravine. See Ravine Rapine

verb Rav"en
  1. To obtain or seize by violence.
  2. To devour with great eagerness."Like rats that ravin down their proper bane." [Shak.]

Etymology: Written also ravin, and ravine

verb Rav"en
To prey with rapacity; to be greedy; to show rapacity.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Large black bird with a straight bill and long wedge-shaped tail
  2. Feed greedily ("The lions ravened the bodies")
  3. Eat greedily
  4. Prey on or hunt for
  5. Obtain or seize by violence
  1. A surname​.
  2. A female given name from English for a girl with raven hair, used since the 1970s.
  3. A male given name

Raven was also found in the following language(s): Low German and Norman

Notable Persons Named Raven

Notable Persons Named Raven


Raven is a comics character.

Raven Alexis

Raven was born on January 28th, 1987.

Raven Goodwin

Raven Goodwin is an actress and actor. She was most active from 2001 to present. Raven was born on June 24th, 1992 in Washington, D.C., U.S.

Raven De La Croix

Raven was given the name Lynn Christie Ann Martin on August 24th, 1947 in Manhattan. Raven is also known as Raven De Lumiere.

Raven Klaasen

Raven was born on October 16th, 1982 in Cape Town.

Raven Ramirez

Raven Ramirez is a federal bureau of investigation.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Raven

Notable Persons With the Last Name Raven


Raven is a comics character.

Marion Raven

Marion Raven is a pop music and pop rock musician. Her ongoing career started in 1993. Marion was given the name Marion Elise Ravn on May 25th, 1984 in Lørenskog, Norway. Marion is also known as Marion Ravn and Marion Ravn (in Norway).

Michael Raven

Michael was given the name Michael Bryan in 1969.

Paul Raven

Paul Raven was an industrial metal, thrash metal, alternative metal, post-punk, and punk rock musician. He plays Bass guitar, Guitar, Keyboard instrument, and Vocals. His most notable accomplishments were from 1980 to 2007. Paul was given the name Paul Vincent Raven on January 16th, 1961 in Wolverhampton. He breathed his last breath on October 20th, 2007.

Sarah Raven

Sarah was born in 1963 in Cambridge.

Eddy Raven

Eddy Raven is a country music singer-songwriter. He plays Vocals. His career lasted from 1962 to 1962. Eddy was given the name Edward Garvin Futch on August 19th, 1944.

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Raven U.S.
  White 69.61% 64.26%
  African American 21.64% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.54% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.56% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.19% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 4.45% 16.26%

Of Last Name Raven

People with the last name Raven are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Raven

  • What name lists does Raven rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Raven? Raven is the 1,131st most popular name of all time. As a last name Raven was the 9,741st most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Raven have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 43,214 babies born with the first name Raven in the United States. That's more than enough people named Raven to occupy the territory of Sint Maarten (the Netherlands) with an estimated population of 37,429 (as of January 1, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Raven? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1921 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Raven first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Raven is Friday, May 14th, 1880.
  • What year had the most people named Raven born? The highest recorded use of the first name Raven was in 1993 with a total of 2,285 babies. That's a lot of babies named Raven!
  • Random Raven Factoid: According to the 1990 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Raven ranks 65th in popularity as a baby girl's name in South Carolina. Imagine that, 66 babies in South Carolina have the same name in 1990.
  • Weird things about the name Raven: The name spelled backwards is Nevar. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Nvaer. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Raven? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 3,327 people with the last name Raven.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Raven? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 1 of them will have Raven as their last name.
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