Harvey Surname Meaning and Origin

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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

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References

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