English Place-name Society

Survey of English Place-Names

A county-by-county guide to the linguistic origins of England’s place-names – a project of the English Place-Name Society, founded 1923.

Ravensdale Park

Major Settlement in the Parish of Ravensdale Park

Historical Forms

  • Rauendale, Raven(e)sdale, Ravenisdale, -dale 1251 Ch 1256 WollCh 1298 Ipm 1320 RadCh
  • park of Rauendale 1330 QW
  • Ravendale 1380 Gaunt
  • Rawennisdale 1367 RadCh
  • Raunsdayle Parke 1541 DuLa
  • Raunsdale Parke p.1560 DbAxxv


'Raven's valley', v. hræfn , hrafn , dæl 1 , dalr . Alternatively the first element may be the OE  pers.n. Hræfn or the OScand  pers.n. Hrafn . It was one of the parks of Duffield Frith.