Girl Baby Name

Raven

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Quick Facts on Raven

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • African-American, English
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 516
Pronunciation:
RAY-vin
Simple meaning:
Raven (bird)

Characteristics of Raven

  • Humanitarian
  • Community-minded
  • Family-oriented
  • Loving
  • Affectionate
  • Compassionate
  • Sensitive

Etymology & Historical Origin - Raven

Raven is the modern English vocabulary word denoting a type of bird, from the Olde English “hræfn” meaning “raven”. The raven is known primarily for three things: one, its shiny black feathers; two, its raucously chatty nature; and three, its cleverness. While we often think of ravens in the macabre sense (thanks to Poe or even Hitchcock), this is far from the truth. The raven is actually a mysterious, curious, talkative, solo-driven and care-free bird. They are also intelligent and have unique speaking abilities owing to their prophetic importance in various mythologies. The raven screams “cras! cras!”, which in Latin means “tomorrow”, suggesting the raven’s ability to foretell the future and reveal omens and signs. In Celtic mythology, the raven was associated with wisdom and knowledge. In Norse mythology, the raven is connected to the chief god Odin who would send the birds across the land to spy and return revealing vital information. There are also a couple of interesting stories on why the raven’s feathers are black. In the Greco-Roman mythological tradition, Apollo punished the raven for talking too much and exposing too many secrets, so he turned his bright white feathers black. In another, the “wise” owl replaced Athena’s raven as the symbolism for wisdom because of the raven’s chatter-box tendencies. In Native American mythology, the raven was considered a friend to the people. Her black feathers were considered magical and only to be feared if misused. They were considered tricksters and charmers, ingenious and changeable. They guarded over ceremonial rituals and healing circles. The Native American Indians also saw the raven as a bringer of light, while psychologist Carl Jung felt they symbolized the darker side of our psyche. The raven is a bird which has inspired mythological and spiritual symbolism (much like the eagle, owl, nightingale, phoenix, dove, swan, sparrow and stork). But the mystery and dark, sleek beauty of the raven are some of her defining characteristics. Hrafn started out as an Old Norse or ancient Scandinavian boy’s name, but today, Raven as a forename is given almost exclusively to females and mostly in the United States.

Popularity of the Name Raven

Raven first flew on to the American female naming charts in 1977 and landed in at respectable position #581. Not popular, but an impressive debut nonetheless. The name spent its first 10+ years at low-moderate levels of usage, but then jumped a whopping 446 positions up the charts in two short years (1989-1990). What was the impetus behind this sudden interest in Raven? Well, 1989 was the year that a cute four-year-old African-American actress Raven-Symoné appeared on the wildly popular sitcom “The Cosby Show”. Her name never achieved a position on the Top 100 list, but she came awfully close in 1993 at position #139. Raven was also a favorite name among African-Americans in the southern states where there’s a high concentration of Blacks who were drawn to this lovely moniker. Raven maintained fairly steady usage up through the time Raven-Symoné starred in her own Disney show “That’s So Raven”. Today the name seems to be flying back down the charts, returning to levels at the lower end of moderation. We guess this talkative little bird is being quiet for now. Nevertheless, Raven is a gorgeous name of mystery and beauty. She’s cunning, clever, macabre, gothic, spiritual, prophetic, mysterious, watchful and intelligent all rolled up into one simple five letter two-syllable name. While some undereducated people might see ravens as an ominous symbol, that couldn’t be further from the truth. The raven is much more complex than that. It’s a strong name perfect for any dark haired, dark-complexioned, alert and chatty little baby girl.
Popularity of the Girl Name Raven
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Raven

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Raven

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Raven

    The Raven (The Raven) The Raven is the title of Edgar Allen Poe’s perhaps most famous poem, first published in 1845. The Raven visits the poet, who is mourning the death of his love, Lenore, and perches upon a bust of Pallas Athena, the goddess of wisdom. Upon being asked his name, our Raven replies: “Nevermore”. Well, it rhymes with Lenore, so, good choice in a poem. This, in fact, is the Raven’s only word, a word he uses to judicious effect when prompted by the narrator. Asked if he, too, will leave the poet, as have so many friends before, he replies: “Nevermore”. Is he, demands the poet, sent here by avenging angels? “Nevermore”. Asked if he may meet the lovely Lenore once more in heaven, the answer is “Nevermore”. When the poet, driven to distraction, bids the Raven to leave him alone to his sorrows and be gone, again, the ominous answer is “Nevermore”. And so the Raven sits on his classic perch, and the poet lies beneath…”And my soul…Shall be lifted – nevermore!”. Now, with all due respect to the sensibilities of the 19th century, we are inclined to smile along with James Russell Lowell (himself a Poe contemporary) when he says: “Here comes Poe with his raven, like Barnaby Rudge/Three-fifths of him genius and two-fifths sheer fudge.”

  • Popular Songs on Raven

    Popular Songs on Raven

    As the Raven Flies - a song by Dan Fogelberg

    Johnny Raven - a song by Michael Jackson

    Raven - a song by the Dave Matthews Band

    Raven - a song by Lisa Marie Presley

    That's So Raven - a theme song by Raven

    The Raven - a song by the Alan Parsons Project

    Yellow Raven - a song by the Scorpions

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Raven

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Raven

    A Man Called Raven (Richard Van Camp) - A mysterious man tells two Indian brothers why they must not hurt the ravens that pester them. Recommended for ages 6-9.

    How Raven Freed the Moon (Anne Cameron) - A beautifully illustrated book for children ages 6 and up relating the classic northwest coast myth telling how Raven, the trickster, freed the moon from the old fisherwoman's cedar chest and carried it to its rightful place in the heavens. Recommended for ages 6-9.

    How Raven Stole the Sun (Maria Williams) - Created with the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI), Tales of the People is a series of children's books celebrating Native American culture with illustrations and stories by Indian artists and writers. In addition to the tales themselves, each book also offers four pages filled with information and photographs exploring various aspects of Native culture, including a glossary of words in different Indian languages. The clever Raven, who was once pure white, turns himself into a mischievous little girl as he finds a way to bring light to the world. This engaging Tlingit story is brought to life in painterly illustrations that convey a sense of the traditional life of the Northwest Coast peoples. Recommended for ages 6-9.

    Raven (Dean Whitlock) - It’s been four years since Raven fled Baron Cutter’s estate—four years since her mother, Roxaine, failed to show at the rendezvous. They were bonded servants then. Now, Raven, at 15, is an outlaw and a powerful mage—she can change into a bird at will. But she is haunted by the past: Did her mother abandon her? Or did Raven desert Roxaine in her hour of need? Driven by a desire to know what happened that night, Raven returns to the Baron’s estate. What she discovers is beyond her imagining, and she is left with a choice: escape a second time or help the mother whose will is as strong as her own. Vivid details and amusing characters add depth to Raven’s intricately created world, where a girl must look beyond magic—and herself—to save what is most important. Recommended for ages 10-14.

    Raven (Edgar Allan Poe) - Lamenting the loss of a gentle but passionate woman, the narrator drinks, yet somberly dwells on her name. A local raven, with the capacity to utter like a parrot a syllable or two, repeats "Lenore," and "Nevermore." The narrator, tired and broken, believes the raven might be sent by God or even by the Devil, and tries talking with it. Recommended for ages young adult.

    Raven and River (Nancy White Carlstrom) - Raven and River leads young readers on a fantastical journey with a raven across the icy Alaska landscape on the verge of spring. Along the way, the raven’s sonorous cry wakes a cast of sleeping woodland creatures, including a bear, a beaver, a hare, and a squirrel—all of whom join him in imploring the still-frozen river to melt and thereby initiate the change of seasons. Packed with information and featuring vibrant full-color illustrations by Jon Van Zyle, Raven and River brings to life these two important harbingers of Alaska’s spring. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Raven: A Trickster Tale from the Pacific Northwest (Gerald McDermott) - Raven, the trickster, wants to give people the gift of light. But can he find out where Sky Chief keeps it? And if he does, will he be able to escape without being discovered? His dream seems impossible, but if anyone can find a way to bring light to the world, wise and clever Raven can! Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Ten Rowdy Ravens (Susan Ewing) - This romping countdown rumpus stars the rowdy and mischievous shenanigans of the popular ravens. They steal pretty pearls, picnic in a pickup truck, and perform loop-de-loops. Illustrations. Recommended for ages 6-9.

  • Famous People Named Raven

    Famous People Named Raven

    Famous People Named Raven - Raven-Symoné (actress)

  • Children of Famous People Named Raven

    Children of Famous People Named Raven

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Raven - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Raven.

  • Historic Figures

    Raven - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Raven - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Raven.

Personality of the Girl Name Raven

Romance is the hallmark of the Six personality. They exude nurturing, loving, and caring energy. Sixes are in love with the idea of love in its idealized form - and with their magnetic personalities, they easily draw people toward them. Like the number Two personality, they seek balance and harmony in their life and the world at large. They are conscientious and service-oriented, and a champion for the underdog. These personalities naturally attract money and are usually surrounded by lovely material objects - but their human relationships are always primary. They thrive in giving back to others rather than being motivated by their own desires. This is when they achieve great things. Sixes are natural teachers, ministers and counselors.

Variations of the Baby Name - Raven

  • No Variations Found.
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