Girl name origins & meanings
- English : Dark haired; wise; a bird
Boy name origins & meanings
- Old English : A raven
Family name origins & meanings
- 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 Williamatte Raven (London 1344) suggest that it may also in part be derived from a house sign.
- North German : from Middle Low Germanrave(n) ‘raven’, a nickname or an old personal name. Compare 1 above.