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Updated February 1, 2024

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Family name origins & meanings

  • French : habitational name from Ravenel in Oise.
  • French : metonymic occupational name for a grower or seller of horseradish, from a diminutive of Old French ravene ‘horseradish’ (Latin raphanus). This name is also established in Switzerland, and may have been brought to the U.S. from there.

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