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Origins of the Harvey surname

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What does the name Harvey mean?

Harvey is a surname thought to originate in England. It is derived from the Old French 'Herve' (battle-worthy), and would be a patronymic name given to those who were the son or descendant of those with this given name. The Harvey surname has been found in records as early as the 1200s, and is thought to have Anglo-Norman roots.

Alternative variations of the name Harvey

Harvey, Harvie, Harveye, Hervie, Hervey

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Where do most Harveys live?

In 1921, most Harveys lived in London.


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Interesting facts about Harveys

How common is your surname?

97th most common surname in the UK

We have 319,000 records for the Harvey surname. The oldest one dates back to 1220.

Who were Harveys most likely to marry?

Smiths

&

Williamses

Our Marriage record sets tell us which families married Harveys.

What are the most common Harvey first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

Our birth record sets tell us the names of Harvey family members

Common jobs for Harveys

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Harveys in 1921
Dressmaker

1,425

Domestic Servant

849

Laundress

774

General Servant Domestic

736

Living On Own Means

603

Common Male occupations for Harveys in 1921
Agricultural Labourer

1,460

General Labourer

1,196

Coal Miner

1,091

Farmer

1,009

Carpenter

892

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