Gender: Masculine
Origin: Breton
Meaning: “battle worthy.”
Eng (HAR-vee); Fre (AIR-VEY)

Harvey is an anglicized form of the French masculine name, Hervé, which in turn is derived from a Breton name, Haerviu, which is composed of the elements, haer (battle) and viu (worthy).

The name was borne by a 6th-century Breton saint and was introduced into England after the Norman conquest. The name became quite rare by the Renaissance but was revived in the 19th-century.

It is currently the 47th most popular male name in England/Wales, (2010) and the 95th most popular in Northern Ireland (2010).

It does not appear in the U.S. top 1000.

Other forms include:

  • Haerviu (Breton)
  • Hoarvei (Breton)
  • Harvey (English)
  • Hervey (English)
  • Hervé (French)
  • Herweusz (Polish)

The designated name-day in France is June 17.


  1. http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hervé
  2. http://www.behindthename.com/php/related.php?name=harvey

2 thoughts on “Harvey

  1. Interesting. I never really connected Harvey to Hervé – quite frankly, I always thought it was one of those surnames that became given names, such as Riley or Hayley. It’s nice to know it’s actually legit!

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