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SOURCE: Occupation & Location
CONTRIBUTOR: LMS on 6/6/2016
Meaning & History
Habitational name from Ravenel in Oise or a metonymic occupational name for a grower or seller of horseradish, from a diminutive of Old French ravene ‘horseradish’ (Latin raphanus). This name is also established in Switzerland, and may have been brought to the U.S. from there.