Raven Name Meaning

English and Scottish: from Middle English raven, used as a nickname for a thievish or dark-haired person. In some cases it may be from a personal name derived from this word, a survival into Middle English of the Old Norse byname Hrafn or of an Old English cognate name (Hræfn). A few early forms such as William atte Raven (London 1344) suggest that it may also in part be derived from a house sign. North German: from Middle Low German rave(n) ‘raven’, a nickname or an old personal name. Compare 1 above.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Rave, Graven, Aven, Savin, Haven, Laven, Ravan, Raben, Raper, Ravens

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Raven Family Origin

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Raven Family Occupations

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  • Agricultural Labourer

    8%
  • Labourer

    3%
  • Farmer

    3%
  • Frame Work Knitter

    2%

In 1881, the most common Raven occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 8% of Raven's were Agricultural Labourers. A less common occupation for the Raven family was Frame Work Knitter. Agricultural Labourer, Labourer and Farmer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Raven.

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Between 1953 and 2004, Raven life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Raven in 1953 was 41, and 83 in 2004.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Raven

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