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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.
VariantsHarvie, Hervey
Other Languages & CulturesHaerviu Ancient Celtic Hervé French


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Entry updated November 18, 2011   Contribute