Given Name HARVEY

GENDER: Masculine
USAGE: English
PRONOUNCED: HAHR-vee  [details]

Meaning & History

From the Breton given name Haerviu, which meant "battle worthy", from haer "battle" and viu "worthy". This was the name of a 6th-century Breton hermit who is the patron saint of the blind. Settlers from Brittany introduced it to England after the Norman conquest. During the later Middle Ages it became rare, but it was revived in the 19th century.

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VARIANTS: Harvie, Hervey
DIMINUTIVE: Harve
OTHER LANGUAGES/CULTURES: Haerviu (Ancient Celtic), Hervé (French)
Entry updated November 18, 2011