Raven

Raven Meaning and Origin

The name Raven is a unisex name meaning “blackbird” or “dark” and is of English origin. In English, the name Raven is derived from the Old English word “hræfn,” which means “raven,” the large black bird known for its intelligence and association with mythologies. Raven is also a significant figure in Native American mythology and folklore. In many Native American cultures, the raven is considered a symbol of transformation, knowledge, and magic. Raven gained popularity as a given name in the late 20th century. It was influenced by its usage in literature, movies, and television shows.  One of the most famous literary references to the raven is in Edgar Allan Poe’s poem “The Raven,” published in 1845. The poem portrays a mysterious raven that visits a grieving narrator. While “Raven” is the most common form of the name, there are variations and alternative spellings such as Ravyn or Rayven.

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