Raven

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since 1880
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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Raven mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Raven

"Raven" is a name of English origin, and it means "Blackbird". It's a name commonly given to both boys and girls.

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
Senses
  1. Rapine; rapacity.
  2. Prey; plunder; food obtained by violence.

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

verb Rav"en
Senses
  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
Wiktionary
  1. A surname​.
  2. A female given name 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

Raven is a comics character.

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Raven was born on January 28th, 1987.

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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.

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

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

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Raven Ramirez is a federal bureau of investigation.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Raven

Raven is a comics character.

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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).

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Michael was given the name Michael Bryan in 1969.

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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.

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Sarah was born in 1963 in Cambridge.

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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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How popular is the baby name Raven in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1921 5 0 5
1938 5 0 5
1941 6 6 0
1942 10 5 5
1943 12 5 7
1944 8 0 8
1945 15 6 9
1946 5 0 5
1947 18 13 5
1948 16 9 7
1949 15 7 8
1951 5 5 0
1952 11 5 6
1953 12 12 0
1954 11 5 6
1955 14 5 9
1956 15 6 9
1957 15 8 7
1958 19 13 6
1959 15 8 7
1960 21 11 10
1961 23 8 15
1962 22 13 9
1963 23 14 9
1964 13 5 8
1965 21 14 7
1966 30 22 8
1967 20 14 6
1968 19 14 5
1969 30 22 8
1970 23 8 15
1971 33 26 7
1972 31 25 6
1973 24 11 13
1974 27 15 12
1975 26 17 9
1976 110 100 10
1977 319 299 20
1978 367 342 25
1979 363 346 17
1980 430 408 22
1981 402 380 22
1982 485 470 15
1983 437 424 13
1984 422 408 14
1985 423 403 20
1986 344 325 19
1987 371 348 23
1988 346 327 19
1989 503 476 27
1990 1,820 1,758 62
1991 2,079 2,026 53
1992 2,105 2,016 89
1993 2,395 2,286 109
1994 2,179 2,075 104
1995 1,855 1,757 98
1996 1,736 1,622 114
1997 1,923 1,781 142
1998 1,821 1,652 169
1999 1,715 1,527 188
2000 1,619 1,446 173
2001 1,533 1,355 178
2002 1,498 1,339 159
2003 1,564 1,427 137
2004 1,321 1,218 103
2005 975 903 72
2006 802 733 69
2007 666 631 35
2008 542 499 43
2009 524 476 48
2010 524 486 38
2011 528 489 39
2012 596 552 44
2013 615 577 38
2014 651 615 36
2015 690 653 37
2016 668 629 39
2017 742 703 39

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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

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  • How Popular is the name Raven? Raven is the 1,129th 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 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 41,626 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 2,286 babies. That's a lot of babies named Raven!
  • Random Raven Factoid: According to the 1993 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Raven ranks 75th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Virginia. Imagine that, 95 babies in Virginia have the same name as you in 1993.
  • Weird things about the name Raven: Your name in reverse order is Nevar. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Avren. 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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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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