Humanities › History & Culture Harvey Surname Meaning and Origin Share Flipboard Email Print Neil Holmes / Photolibrary / Getty Images History & Culture Genealogy Surnames Basics Genealogy Fun Vital Records Around the World American History African American History African History Ancient History and Culture Asian History European History Inventions Latin American History Medieval & Renaissance History Military History The 20th Century Women's History View More By Kimberly Powell Genealogy Expert Certificate in Genealogical Research, Boston University B.A., Carnegie Mellon University Kimberly Powell is a professional genealogist and the author of The Everything Guide to Online Genealogy. She teaches at the Genealogical Institute of Pittsburgh and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. our editorial process Kimberly Powell Updated July 22, 2019 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: HARVIE, HARVE Genealogy Resources for the Surname HARVEY Common Surname Search TipsGet valuable tips and tricks for researching your HARVEY ancestors online. HARVEY Family Genealogy ForumThis free message board is focused on descendants of Harvey ancestors around the world. Find records, queries, and lineage-linked family trees posted for the Harvey surname. (Must create a free account to access) HARVEY Surname Mailing ListThis free mailing list for researchers of the Harvey surname and its variations includes subscription details and searchable archives of past messages. References 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.