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What does Harvey mean?

Harvey Pronunciation of Harvey 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.


ASSOCIATED WITH old english, battle (war), surname, saint, norman, 19th century


VARIANTS Harv, Harve, Harvee, Harvie, Harvy, Herv, Herve, Hervey



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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)

Harvey was first listed in 1880-1889 and reached its peak rank of #58 in the U.S. then, and is currently at #444. (2018 U.S. SSA RECORDS)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Harvey name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Harvey outside U.S.

Which version is better?

Harve, Harvie, Harvy, Herve and Hervey are the popular variation forms of Harvey (#444 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.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Harvey, Harve, Harvie, Harvy, Herve, Hervey in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Harvey outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar-sounding 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.

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