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Harvey Name Meaning

English and Scottish: from the Breton personal name Aeruiu or Haerviu, composed of the elements haer ‘battle’, ‘carnage’ + vy ‘worthy’, which was brought to England by Breton followers of William the Conqueror, for the most part in the Gallicized form Hervé. (The change from -er- to -ar- was a normal development in Middle English and Old French.) Reaney believes that the surname is also occasionally from a Norman personal name, Old German Herewig, composed of the Germanic elements hari, heri ‘army’ + wig ‘war’. Irish: mainly of English origin, in Ulster and County Wexford, but sometimes a 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 (County Fermanagh): shortened Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hEarchaidh ‘descendant of Earchadh’, a personal name of uncertain origin.

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 the UK in 1891. In 1911 there were 1,039 Harvey families living in Quebec. This was about 33% of all the recorded Harvey's in Canada. Quebec had the highest population of Harvey families in 1911.
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What did your Harvey ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Harvey. 22% of Harvey men worked as a Farmer and 9% of Harvey women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Harvey were Journalier and Nurse.

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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 1921

  • Farmer
    22%
  • Cultivateur
    9%
  • Labourer
    6%
  • Journalier
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Teacher
    9%
  • Stenographer
    9%
  • Servant
    5%
  • Nurse
    5%
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Passenger Lists

There are 137,000 immigration records available for the last name Harvey. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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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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