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Harvey Name Meaning

English (of Norman origin): from the Old French and Middle English personal name Hervei also found as Herveu Hervé and Hervi. The name Herveu or Herv(e)i was borne by a number of Bretons at the Norman Conquest and as such represents a French form of the Old Breton name Hoiearnviu or Hærviu (see Herve ). Among Normans Herve(i) or Herv(e)i was also a French form of ancient Germanic Hariwic Herewic (from hari ‘army’ + wīg ‘war’) with intervocalic /w/ becoming /v/ in Old French. The Breton and ancient Germanic names were commonly Latinized as Herve(i)us and Hervic(i)us respectively but since their most common vernacular forms in Old French were indistinguishable the Latin forms were also sometimes interchangeable especially Herveus. Irish: shortened Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hAirmheadhaigh ‘descendant of Airmheadhach’ a personal name probably meaning ‘esteemed’. It seems to be a derivative of Airmheadh the name borne by a mythological physician. Irish: shortened Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hEarchaidh ‘descendant of Earchadh’ a personal name of uncertain origin. Irish: sometimes identical with 1 especially through migration from southwest Scotland. Altered form of Breton Hervé (see Herve ) a cognate of 1 above.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Harley, Harney, Hanley, Harty, Hanvey, Garvey, Harkey, Carver, Calvey

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You can see how Harvey families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Harvey family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Harvey families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1891 there were 5,232 Harvey families living in London. This was about 17% of all the recorded Harvey's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Harvey families in 1891.
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What did your Harvey ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Harvey. 7% of Harvey men worked as a General Labourer and 65% of Harvey women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Harvey were Gardener and Private Means. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Builders Labourer
  • Incapacitated
  • Gardener

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Housewife
  • Private Means
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There are 155,000 military records available for the last name Harvey. For the veterans among your Harvey ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Harvey lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Harvey life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Harvey in 1940 was 32, and 73 in 2004.

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