Meaning and Name Origin
Harvey \ha(r)-vey\ as a boys' name is pronounced HAR-vee. It is of Old English and Old French origin, and the meaning of Harvey is "eager for battle; strong and worthy". Variant of Herve (French). Norman name revived in the 19th century. In the movie "Harvey", Jimmy Stewart was upstaged by a giant invisible rabbit. Playwright Harvey Feirstein.
Harvey is a very popular first name for men (#225 out of 1220, Top 18%) and also a very popular last name for all people (#225 out of 88799, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the birth name popularity of Harvey for boys. Harvey reached its peak rank of #58 in the U.S. then, and is currently at #493. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Harvey and affiliated names. Popular variation forms of Harvey (#493 the previous year) listed in the Top 1000 are Harvy and Harve. These boy names were at the height of their popularity during the years 1880-1889 and are now significantly less popular, with the version Harve becoming less in vogue. Harvey (#493) is the most fashionable baby name in this list, with this name undergoing a resurgence in popularity. (2014 Birth Statistics)