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Ravenna Meaning and Origin

Ravenna is one of the prettiest place names and a more unique choice than Savannah, Brooklyn, London, or Sienna. Ravenna is a girl’s place name of Italian origin. Ravenna (RUH-VEN-UH) is an Italian city in the Province of Emilia-Romagna, Italy. It was the capital city in the Western Roman Empire and is known for its late Roman and Byzantine architecture. The name is most likely derived from the Etruscan origin derived from “Rasenna”, the term that the Etruscans used for themselves. Alternatively, it could come from the Latin word rava, “ravine” with the Etruscan suffix -enna. The name may also represent an elaborate feminine form of RavenRavenna is also a poem by Oscar Wilde. As a name, Ravenna is relatively uncommon but has been used as a given name for girls since the 19th century. It has a romantic and exotic feel, likely due to its association with the historic city and its rich cultural heritage.

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