Harvey (name)

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Bayeux Tapestry Horses in Battle of Hastings.jpg
The Battle of Hastings as depicted by the Bayeux Tapestry
Pronunciation hɑː(ɹ)vi
Region of origin England
Word/Name Anglo-Saxon
Meaning Battle worthy, blazing iron
Other names
Variant(s) Hervey, Hervie, Harvie

Harvey is an English family and given name derived from the Old Breton name Huiarnviu, derived from the elements hoiarn, huiarn (modern Breton houarn) meaning "iron" and viu (Breton bev) meaning "blazing".[1] It is related to Old Welsh Haarnbiu and Henry.[2]

Harvey emerged as a family name in the English county of Norfolk and Cambridgeshire.[citation needed]


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  1. ^ Xavier Delamarre, Dictionnaire de la langue gauloise : une approche linguistique du vieux celtique continental, éditions Errance 2003, p. 192.
  2. ^ Delamarre 192