Usage: Harvey, of Scottish Gaelic origin, is a very popular first name. It is more often used as a boy (male) name.
People having the name Harvey are in general originating from France, Germany, United Kingdom, United States of America.
For another variant of the name Harvey across the world, see Herve.
The Growth number corresponding to this first name is 7.
The name Harvey is ranked on the 1,461st position of the most used names. It means that this name is very frequently used.
We estimate that there are at least 147800 persons in the world having this name which is around 0.005% of the population.
The name Harvey has six characters. It means that it is relatively medium-length, compared to the other names in our database.
The graph below represents the number of people who were given the name Harvey for each year since 1900 in the U.S.A.:
History and Origin
Harvey is an English family and given name derived from the Breton name Huiarnuiu, derived from an Old Breton first name Huiarnviu, derived from the elements hoiarn, huiarn (Breton houarn) meaning “iron” and ‘viu’ (Breton bev) meaning “blazing”. It is related to Old Welsh Haarnbiu.
Harvey emerged as a family name in the English county of Norfolk and Cambridgeshire.
English: transferred use of the surname, which is of Breton origin, from a personal name composed of the elements haer battle + vy worthy. It was introduced to Britain by the Bretons who settled in East Anglia and elsewhere in the wake of the Norman Conquest.
Cognate: French: Hervé (a direct borrowing of the Breton personal name).
Short form: English: Harv(e).
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