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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?




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What are the most common Harvey first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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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


Domestic Servant




General Servant Domestic


Living On Own Means


Common Male occupations for Harveys in 1921
Agricultural Labourer


General Labourer


Coal Miner






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