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What does Raven mean?

Raven Pronunciation of Raven [raven] as a girls' name (also used less widely as boys' name Raven) is pronounced RAY-ven. It is of English origin. A large black bird made famous by Edgar Allen Poe's poem "The Raven". Suitable for a black-haired or dark-skinned baby. Actress Raven Symone of "The Cosby Show".

Associated with: bird.


Raven has 5 variants: Ravina, Ravyn, Rayven, Rayvenne and Rayvinn.

Creative forms:
(female) Ranven, ..

(male) Razen, ..

Middle name pairings:
Raven Lillian (R.L.), ..

How popular is Raven?

Raven is a very prominent first name for females (#1358 out of 4276, Top 32%) and also a very prominent last name for all people (#9456 out of 150436, Top 6%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Raven entered the list in 1970-1979 and reached its highest position of #139 in the U.S. in 1993, and is at #489 presently. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Raven name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Raven outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Popular variation forms of Raven (#489 in 2015) are Rayven and Ravyn. These relations of Raven were popular as birth names in the year 1993 (usage of 0.1%) and have become much less widespread since, with the version Raven falling out of fashion.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Raven, Ravyn, Rayven in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Raven and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Aven, Calen, Caren, Casen, Daveen, Deven, Eaden, Faren, Galen, Haven, Heaven, Jaden, Kalen, Karen, Laken, Laren, Maren, Rae, Raene, Ragan, Rahel, Rain, Rakel, Raley, Ramee, Ranee, Ravena, Ravenna, Raye, Rowen, Ryen, Taren and Valen. These names tend to be less frequently used than Raven.

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