|Pronunciation:||Rah - vie|
|Related Names:||Raff, Rafi, Ravindra, Ravindranath|
ORIGIN & HISTORY
Ravi originates from the Hindi/Sanskrit language for the name of the Hindu god of the sun. It dates back to at least 1100 B.C.E. Ravi is the "fire-bird" and also goes by the name Surya. In many languages on the Indian subcontinent, Ravi is used as a synonym for sun.
The sun in Vedic astrology is called Ravi or Surya. Surya (Ravi) is part of the cosmic trinity with Agni (fire) and Vayu (wind). Surya (Ravi) is also a member of the Navagraha (planet deities) with Agni being its ruling deity and Shiva its over-ruler. In Vedic astrology, each planet affects a person's life. The location of planets and the constellations relative to the moon and the twelve signs of the zodiac of the sun are consulted before marriages, births, and other occasions.
Ravi is also one of the members of the Adityas in the Rigveda. In the Rigveda, the Adityas are comprised of seven sun gods. Surya and Ravi are listed as two separate lower members of the Adityas with Varuna being the chief sun god. The Rigveda is not only one of the oldest religious texts still in use, but it is also one of the oldest texts of any Indo-European language since it dates back to between 1700 -1100 B.C.E.
The Adityas are also mentioned in the Yajurveda. This text is one of the four Hindu Vedas that contains the information for rituals and sacrifices for the religion during the Vedic period. It expanded the number of sun gods in the Adityas to eight. In order to match the number of months, the Adityas were expanded to include twelve sun gods in the Brahmanas. Ravi and Surya are again listed as separate sun gods. This text was composed during the Brahmanic age around 900 B.C.E. and 500 B.C.E. Beyond its original meaning, Ravi is also used as a short name for longer Indian names, such as Ravindra, Rabindra, Ravinder, Ravindranath, and Ravikanth.
Ravi is a rare name in the United States. The United States only tracks names that are within the top 1000 names of newborn children. Ravi has never been in the top 1000. Ravi has mainly been a name used on the Indian subcontinent or people with Asian-Indian ancestry.
The name Ravi has a numerology value of two. According to numerology, people with this name are daring, active, and like to take risks.
The Ravi River is a river in India and Pakistan.
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Author: David Bruggeman
|Pronunciation||Rah - vie +|
|Rank in 2000s||0 +|
|Related||Raff +, Rafi +, Ravindra +, and Ravindranath +|