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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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The surname Harvey was 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.

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.


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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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Outstanding amongst the family at this time was William Harvey (1578-1657), an English physician, first to describe in detail the systemic circulation and properties of blood being pumped to the body by the heart; Sir William Hervey (1586-1660), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1624 and...

Another 115 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Harvey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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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 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
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Harvey Settlers in 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
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Harvey Settlers in 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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Harvey Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • William Harvey settled in Trinity, Newfoundland in 1708
  • Richard Harvey, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Mr. John Harvey U.E. born in Pennsylvania, USA who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1783 was a passenger aboard "Cyrus" on August 21, 1783 from New York to Saint John River
  • Ms. Mary Harvey U.E. born in Pennsylvania, USA who settled in New Brunswick c. 1783 was a passenger aboard "Cyrus" on August 21, 1783 from New York to Saint John River
  • Ms. Phoebe Harvey U.E. born in Pennsylvania, USA who settled in New Brunswick c. 1783 was a passenger aboard "Cyrus" on August 21, 1783 from New York to Saint John River

Harvey Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John Harvey, aged 30, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Thomas Hanford" from Cork, Ireland
  • Sarah Harvey, aged 26, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Thomas Hanford" from Cork, Ireland
  • Patrick Harvey, aged 20, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Neptune" in 1834
  • Mary Harvey, aged 22, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Neptune" in 1834
  • Owen Harvey, aged 19, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Neptune" in 1834
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Harvey Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Henry Harvey, who landed in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907

Harvey Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Robert Harvey, aged 35, Irish convict from Queens County, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on October 22nd, 1824, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Elizabeth Harvey, English convict from Wiltshire, who was transported aboard the "America" on December 30, 1830, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • Mary Harvey, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Amphitrite" on August 21, 1833, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • John Harvey, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on February 22, 1834, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
  • Samuel Harvey, English convict from Essex, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on February 22, 1834, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
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Harvey Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • W Harvey landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Earl Stanhope
  • William Harvey landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Blenheim
  • Michael Harvey landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1840
  • Richard Harvey, aged 23, a carpenter, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Martha Ridgeway" in 1840
  • Mary Harvey, aged 23, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Martha Ridgeway" in 1840
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  • Jane Harvey (1925-2013), American jazz singer
  • Ken Harvey (b. 1978), American Major League Baseball player
  • Hayward Augustus Harvey (1824-1893), American inventor and industrialist, inventor of Harvey armor
  • Frederick Henry "Fred" Harvey (1835-1901), American entrepreneur who developed the Harvey House lunch rooms, restaurants, souvenir shops, and hotels
  • 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
  • Ronald Harvey (b. 1934), English cricketer
  • Frank Harvey (b. 1981), English BAFTA Award winning screenwriter
  • Robert Harvey, British musician
  • Laurence Harvey (1928-1973), Lithuanian-born actor
  • Jonathan Harvey (b. 1939), British composer
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Harvey Historic Events



Empress of Ireland

  • Miss Carrie Harvey (1895-1914), Canadian Third Class Passenger from Windsor, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914

Halifax Explosion

  • Mrs. Caroline  Harvey (1822-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who survived the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917 but later died due to injuries
  • Master Newton  Harvey Jr. (1906-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

HMS Hood

  • Mr. Eric O Harvey (b. 1922), English Stoker 2nd Class serving for the Royal Navy from Stones Green, Essex, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. Edward R Harvey (b. 1913), English Leading Cook (O) serving for the Royal Navy from Ottershaw, Chertsey, Surrey, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Richard Harvey, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. William Harvey, American 3rd Class passenger from New York, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking and was recovered

RMS Titanic

  • 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
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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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    Other References

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    2. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    3. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    5. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
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    9. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    10. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
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