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Harvey Name Study

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Harvey Name Study

This is a study to research the history and meaning of the Harvey surname. The hope is that other researchers like you will join our study to help make it a valuable reference point for people studying lines that cross or intersect. Please contact the project leader, add categories to your profiles, add your questions to the bulletin board, add details of your name research, etc.



To collect together in one place everything about one surname and the variants of that name. The hope is that other researchers like you will join our study to help make it a valuable reference point for people studying lines that cross or intersect.

  • Follow the lineage of the Harvey Surname
  • Follow the migration of the Harvey family

How to Join

To join, simply enter your name below and what you're working on or contact the project leader Barry Sweetman. You can also post a comment. If you have any questions, just ask.

  • Larry Arnett - I'm working on my Harveys who came out of Quebec.
  • Cherie Baudrand - Researching descent from Col. Alexander Harvey
  • Joelle Colville-Hanson I got Harvie/Harvies from Argyll, Scotland that immigrated to Ohio and Illinois. I'll set up some categories and add them.
  • A Harvey - Working on my Harvey ancestors
  • Ann Harvey - Harvey family originally from Laois, Ireland (formerly Queens County) that emigrated to England, Canada, USA and Australia.
  • Helen Rice - Working on my Harvey ancestor line that began (according to family stories) in Albemarle County, Virginia in the mid 1700’s, then those that moved to Georgia and Florida.
  • Barry Sweetman - Working on my wife's Harvey ancestors from Florida and the Eastern Seaboard.
  • Charlene waddington I'm working my way backward through my Harvey relatives. One line I've tracked so far: died in New Jersey, born in New York, immigrated from England. Still looking for English connections and tracking other American lines.

How to help

The most important thing you can do now is to go through your Harvey profiles to categorize them using these links:

Harvey Surname History

The Harvey surname, one of the most ancient surnames, originated with the ancient Gallic personal name "Aeruiu"or "Haerviu", and roughly translates to "battle worthy". The Gauls were an ancient Celtic people who lived in what is now France, and was brought to the British Isles by Breton followers of William the Conqueror in it's Gallicized form Hervé. P. H. Reaney, author of the authoritative book A Dictionary of English Surnames, believes the surname may also be from a Norman personal name, or of the Old German name Herewig, from the Germanic words hari, heri meaning ‘army’ + wig, meaning 'war’.

Famous Harvey People

  • William Harvey (1578-1657), English physician who first described blood circulation and the properties of blood.
  • Sir William Hervey (1586-1660), English politician
  • Edmund Harvey or Hervey (c.1601-1673), English soldier and member of Parliament during the English Civil War; sat as a commissioner at the Trial of King Charles I
  • Col John Harvie, 1742, Delegate to the 2nd Continental Congress, Secretary of the Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Larry Harvey (1948-2018), American artist, philanthropist; co-founder of the Burning Man event
  • Harold Douglas Harvey (1930-2018), American Major League Baseball umpire; inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in 2010
  • Alexander Harvey II (1923-2017), American jurist, Chief Judge of the United States District Court, District of Maryland (1986-1991)
  • Miss Carrie Harvey (1895-1914), died in the sinking of the Empress of Ireland
  • Herbert Gifford Harvey (d. 1912), aged 34, died in the sinking of the RMS Titanic

17th Century American Settlers

  • William Harvey, who settled in New England in 1630
  • Richard Harvey, who landed in Maryland in 1634
  • Nicholas Harvey, who landed in Maryland in 1634
  • John Harvey, who settled in Virginia in 1640
  • Frances Harvey, who arrived in Maryland in 1641
  • John Harvey, who settled in Massachusetts 1647

18th Century American Settlers

  • Sarah Harvey, Virginia in 1702
  • Lidia Harvey, Virginia in 1704
  • Job Harvey, Pennsylvania in 1707
  • Priscilla Harvey, Virginia in 1711
  • Hannah Harvey, Virginia in 1714

19th Century American Settlers

  • James Harvey, America in 1801
  • Mary Harvey, America in 1803
  • Robert Harvey, aged 22, Pennsylvania in 1812
  • Rich Harvey, New York, 1812
  • Edward Harvey, New York 1812

18th Century Canadian Settlers

  • William Harvey, Trinity, Newfoundland in 1708
  • Richard Harvey, Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Mr. John Harvey U.E.,Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1783
  • Ms. Mary Harvey U.E., New Brunswick c. 1783
  • Ms. Phoebe Harvey U.E., New Brunswick c. 1783

19th Century Canadian Settlers

  • John Harvey, aged 30, Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834
  • Sarah Harvey, aged 26, Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834
  • Patrick Harvey, aged 20, Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834
  • Mary Harvey, Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834
  • Owen Harvey, aged 19, Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834

20th Century Canadian Settlers

  • John W Harvey, Brockville, Ontario in 1913

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I'm trying to join the list above, but I don't see a way to add my name. I am descended from Col. Alexander Harvey. He was born January 28, 1746, in Gargunnock, Sterling, Scotland. Alexander was sent by a company of farmers to buy land in the colonies. He decided on Barnet, Vermont. He married Janet Stuart and they had 14 children. His journal is available in the "History of Barnet, Vermont" by Wells. There is also info about Alexander in The "History of Ryegate, Vermont" by Miller and Wells. My line goes; Alexander, Walter, Elisabeth, to Robert Warden Stevens, my great-grandfather. I found a birth record for Alexander in Gargunnock with the parents William Harvie and Margaret Stuart on the website Scotland's People. I haven't been able to go further because there are many people in Scotland with those names! I found another William Harvie and Isabel Forrester who are possible grandparents for Alexander and possible parents for William. All from Gargunnock.
posted by Cherie Baudrand
I have a long line of Harvey/Hervey and have hit a snag of too many Thomas Harvey's beginning in 1650's, I am trying to verify my immediate ancestors tracing back to these Harvey's.

I am only certain of Thomas, son of Louis, son of Reuben, son of Abner, son of Martin . . . .

Martin A. Harvey 1792-1869, son of Joseph Harvey 1754-1828, son of John Harvey 1724-1810, son of Colonel Thomas Harvey 1692-1792, son of Colonial Governor Thomas Harvey 1641-1699 and then back to England, son of Sir John Harvey 1630-1679

The more I read, the more I become confused ....Can someone please clarify this mess for me?

posted by Deborah Harvey
When people emigrate, should you add them to the country they came from or the one that they arrived at. I have a few in that category who emigrated from Scotland to New Zealand, some as young children.
John Harvey 1647 Taunton, Bristol County, Massachusetts
posted by D. Harvey