What does Harvey mean?
Transferred use of the surname, from a Breton name Haerviv (from haer "battle" or hoiarn "iron", and vy "worthy" or vif "ready"), which became Hervé in French. It was borne by a sixth-century saint. Norman name revived in the 19th century. In the movie "Harvey", Jimmy Stewart was upstaged by a giant invisible rabbit. Playwright Harvey Feirstein.
How popular is Harvey?
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 (#247 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the birth name popularity of Harvey for boys. Harvey was first listed in 1880-1889 and 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. Harvy and Harve are the popular variation forms of Harvey (#493 the previous year) listed in the Top 1000. These relations of Harvey were popular as baby names during the years 1880-1889 (average #508) and are somewhat less common today (#831, ▼66%), with the version Harve becoming less in vogue. Harvey is the most fashionable baby name in this list, with this name undergoing a resurgence in popularity. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Suggested similar baby names are Barney, Barrey, Carey, Carley, Carney, Carrey, Carvel, Carver, Darbey, Darcey, Darsey, Davey, Earley, Farley, Garey, Garrey, Garrvey, Garve, Garven, Garvey, Garvy, Hadley, Hagley, Hailey, Haley, Halley, Halsey, Halver, Hanley, Harben, Harden, Hardey, Hardy, Harel, Harken, Harlea, Harlee, Harlen, Harley, Harly, Harmen, Harper, Harrel, Harry, Harte, Harthy, Hartley, Hastey, Havel, Haven, Hawley, Hayley, Herb, Herbie, Hurley, Jarvee, Jarvey, Jervey, Karney, Larrey, Markey, Marley, Marve, Marvel, Marven, Matvey, Parrey, Parvez, Tavey, Warley and Yarley. These names tend to be less commonly used than Harvey.