HARVEY - Name Meaning & Origin

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Last Name Meaning & Genealogy Links for the Surname HARVEY

Meaning & Origin:

From the Breton first name Haerviu or Aeruiu, derived from the elements haer meaning "battle or carnage" and viu, meaning "worthy." In general it was used to refer to a soldier or someone who was "battle worthy."

It's also possible that the Harvey surname derives from the Old German personal name Herewig, from the elements hari "army" and wig "war."

Surname Origin:

English, Scottish, Irish

Alternate Surname Spellings:


Genealogy Resources for the Surname HARVEY:

Common Surname Search Tips
Tips and tricks for researching your HARVEY ancestors online.

HARVEY Family Genealogy Forum
Free message board is focused on descendants of Harvey ancestors around the world.

FamilySearch - HARVEY Genealogy
Find records, queries, and lineage-linked family trees posted for the Harvey surname.

HARVEY Surname Mailing List
Free mailing list for researchers of the Harvey surname and its variations includes subscription details and a searchable archives of past messages.

Surname Finder - HARVEY Genealogy & Family Resources
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Cousin Connect - HARVEY Genealogy Queries
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DistantCousin.com - HARVEY Genealogy & Family History
Free databases and genealogy links for the last name Harvey.

MyCinnamonToast.com - HARVEY Genealogy in All Regions
Centralized search results for family trees and other genealogy info on the Harvey surname.

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References: Surname Meanings & Origins

Cottle, Basil. Penguin Dictionary of Surnames. Baltimore, MD: Penguin Books, 1967.

Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Collins Celtic (Pocket edition), 1998.

Fucilla, Joseph. Our Italian Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 2003.

Hanks, Patrick and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1989.

Hanks, Patrick. Dictionary of American Family Names. Oxford University Press, 2003.

Reaney, P.H. A Dictionary of English Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1997.

Smith, Elsdon C. American Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997.