In Serbian, the village is known as Ravno Selo (Равно Село), in German as Alt-Schowe, and in Hungarian as Ósóvé. Other Serbian names used for the village are: Ravno (Равно), Stare Šove (Старе Шове), and Šove (Шове).
The village was first recorded in the end of the 15th century (between 1484 and 1502). During Ottoman rule (16th-17th century), the village of Šove was populated by Serbs. In 1786, Germans settled in the village as well. In 1820, population of Šove numbered 2,598 inhabitants, of whom 1,643 were Serbs. In 1893, the population of the village numbered 2,136 inhabitants, including 1,436 Serbs, 653 Germans, 15 Hungarians, and 32 others. After World War II, as a consequence of the war events, the German population fled from the village.