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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2014

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Where did the English Harvey family come from? What is the English Harvey family crest and coat of arms? When did the Harvey family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Harvey family history?

The ancestors of the Harvey family migrated to England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The surname Harvey is based on the Breton personal name Aeruiu or Haerviu. It is composed of the elements haer, which means battle or carnage, and vy, which means worthy. The name was commonly introduced to England in its Gallic form Herve.

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Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Harvey were recorded, including Harvey, Hervey, Hervie, Harvie and others.

First found in Norfolk where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Harvey research. Another 309 words(22 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1578, 1657, 1616, 1578, 1657, 1586, 1660, 1624, 1629, 1601, 1673, 1642, 1601, 1611, 1616, 1680, 1661, 1679, 1540 and are included under the topic Early Harvey History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 315 words(22 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Harvey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Harvey family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 139 words(10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Harvey arrived in North America very early:

Harvey Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


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


Harvey Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


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


Harvey Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • James Harvey, who arrived in America in 1801
  • Mary Harvey, aged 45, landed in America in 1803
  • Robert Harvey, aged 22, landed in Pennsylvania in 1812
  • Rich Harvey, who arrived in New York, NY in 1812
  • Edward Harvey, who arrived in New York, NY in 1812


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  • Alfred Harvey (1913-1994), American founder of comic book publisher Harvey Comics that featured Casper the Friendly Ghost, Baby Huey, Little Audrey, and Little Dot
  • Frederick Henry "Fred" Harvey (1835-1901), American entrepreneur who developed the Harvey House lunch rooms, restaurants, souvenir shops, and hotels
  • Hayward Augustus Harvey (1824-1893), American inventor and industrialist, inventor of Harvey armor
  • Ken Harvey (b. 1978), American Major League Baseball player
  • Jane Harvey (1925-2013), American jazz singer
  • Frank Harvey (b. 1981), English BAFTA Award winning screenwriter
  • Ronald Harvey (b. 1934), English cricketer
  • Mr. Herbert Gifford Harvey (d. 1912), aged 34, English Junior Assistant Second Engineer from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Anthony Harvey (b. 1931), British filmmaker whose second film, The Lion in Winter (1968), earned him a Directors Guild of America Award and a nomination for the Academy Award for Directing
  • Kenneth Joseph Harvey (b. 1962), award winning Canadian poet, short story writer, essayist and novelist

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  • Adam's Ancestors by Thomas Nathan Clark.
  • Genealogy of the Harvey Family of Garrett County, Maryland by Marshall G. Brown.
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  2. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
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  4. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  6. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  7. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  8. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  9. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  10. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
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The Harvey Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Harvey Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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