Ravenna Name Meaning & Origin

Ravenna

Pronunciation: n/a

Origin of the name Raven:

Derived from the vocabulary word raven which denotes a large, black bird of the crow family.

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Personal experiences with the name Ravenna

I once lived in Seattle, WA in the Green Lake community. In that area there is a street called Ravenna that winds & curves beautifully with upscale homes on it. My roommate at the time and I both thought it the name would make a wonderful girl's name. She recently did in fact name her daughter Ravenna.

My name is Ravenna, and I too live in Seattle. I love my name and often get remarks along the lines of "Your name is so pretty!" One drawback is that, surprisingly, people have a hard time pronouncing it who don't know Ravenna, Italy or Ravenna, Seattle. I get a lot of "Raveena"s and "Ravahna"s.

Nicknames for Ravenna

Ravi/Ravy/Ravie
Venna
Annevar (the name backwards pronounced ann-eh-vahr)
Raven

Meanings and history of the name Ravenna

A city in Italy made famous by its Byzantine mosaics. Currently the capital of the Province of Ravenna in Italy. It was the capital city of the Western Roman Empire from 402 till 476 AD.

Famous real-life people named Ravenna

Raven-Symone is an actress/singer.

Ravenna in song, story & screen

Ravenna is the setting for Thomas Middleton's "The Witch."

"The Raven" a famous poem by Edgar Allen Poe.

Lord Byron lived in Ravenna between 1819 and 1821, led by the love for a local aristocratic and married young woman, Teresa Guiccioli. Here he continued the Don Juan and wrote "the Ravenna Diary," "My Dictionary" and "Recollections."

Oscar Wilde wrote a poem in 1878 entitled "Ravenna."

Russian Symbolist poet Alexander Blok wrote a poem entitled "Ravenna" (May-June 1909) inspired by his Italian journey (spring 1909).

During his travels, German poet Hermann Hesse came across Ravenna and was inspired to write two poems of the city. They are entitled "Ravenna."

In Guy Gavriel Kay's "Sarantine Mosaic," the protagonist, Caius Crispus, is a mosaicist from Varena, a city closely based on Ravenna.

In the trilogy "The Darkangel," a settlement on the moon is named NuRavenna after 'a very old city' on Earth.

The City of Ravenna is mentioned in Canto V in Dante's "Inferno."

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