"Before you even hear the voice, there’s the name: Thurl Ravenscroft. You can almost hear the rolling thunder behind it. What’s the derivation of that?
Well, Ravenscroft, of course, is English. We’ve traced our family history clear back beyond William The Conqueror, and there have been many important Ravenscrofts in the history of England--artists, song writers, hymn writers, crystal glass makers, and etc.
But “Thurl” throws everybody into Scandinavia, for some reason or other. But my father had a friend whose name was Thurl, and he thought that “Thurl” and “Ravenscroft” were a happy combination, so when I came along, he decided to call me Thurl."