What does Harvey mean?
Harvey [har-vey] as a boys' name is pronounced HAR-vee. It is of Old English and Old French origin, and the meaning of Harvey is "battle worthy". 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.
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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. Demographics)
Charted below is the birth name history 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 #439. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related boy names. Displayed below is a study of the statistics of the boy name Harvey and affiliated names. Hervey, Herve, Harvie, Harve and Harvy are the popular variation forms of Harvey (#439 the previous year) listed in the Top 2000. These relations of Harvey were popular as baby names in the 1880s (average #951) and are now significantly less common, with versions such as Harvey going out of style.
Suggested similar names are Barney▼, Barrey, Carey▼, Carley, Carney, Carrey, Carvel, Carver, Darbey, Darcey, Darsey, Davey, Earley, Farley, Garey, Garrey, Garrvey (see Garvey), 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, 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.See names in meaning and etymology.