Origins Available: English
The name Harvell was brought to England
by the Normans
when they conquered the country in 1066. It comes from the Breton personal name Aeruiu
It is composed of the elements haer,
which means battle
which means worthy.
The name was commonly introduced to England
in its Gallic form Herve.
"This surname is derived from the name of an ancestor. 'the son of Harvey.' This great personal name had not become so rare in the 12th and 13th centuries that it could escape surnominal honours. On the contrary, it is still found as a fairly familiar personal name up to the beginning of the 14th century. " CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Early Origins of the Harvell family
The surname Harvell 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.
The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listed early spellings of the name as both a personal name and a surname: Harvey Dunnyng and Warin Hervi in Cambridgeshire; Robert filius Hervei in Lincolnshire; and Herveus le Gos, in Lincolnshire.
"As a family designation it appears in England in the XII. cent. Osbert de Hervey is styled, in the register of St. Edmundsbury, the son of Hervey. From him according to the Peerage sprang the Herveys, ennobled in England and Ireland, and also (in all probability, from the resemblance of their arms) the De Hervi's and Hervies of Aberdeenshire and other parts of Scotland." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Distribution of the surname throughout Britain is most interesting. "Well distributed over England south of a line drawn from Hull to Chester. North of that line its frequency abruptly ceases. It is best represented in Essex, Hants, and Kent, and then in Corwall, Devon, Staffordshire, Notts, Norfolk, and Suffolk. Its preference for the coast counties, especially those in the south - east of England from Kent to Norfolk, is to be remarked." CITATION[CLOSE]
Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
Early History of the Harvell family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Harvell research.Another 271 words (19 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 Harvell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Harvell Spelling Variations
Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Harvell family name include Harvey, Hervey, Hervie, Harvie and others.
Early Notables of the Harvell family (pre 1700)
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 Harvell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Harvell family to Ireland
Some of the Harvell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 170 words (12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Harvell family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Harvell family to immigrate North America:
Harvell Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Robert Harvell, aged 20, who arrived in New York in 1907 aboard the ship "Pretoria" from Bermuda CITATION[CLOSE]
"New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXNB-P28 : 6 December 2014), Robert Harvell, 19 May 1907; citing departure port Bermuda, arrival port New York, ship name Pretoria, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
- Walter H. Harvell, aged 24, who arrived in New York in 1921 aboard the ship "Virginia" from Port Lobos, Mexico CITATION[CLOSE]
"New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J623-TT5 : 6 December 2014), Walter H. Harvell, 14 Feb 1921; citing departure port Port Lobos, Mexico, arrival port New York, ship name Virginia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
- Adam Harvell, aged 18, who arrived in New York in 1922 aboard the ship "Manchioneal" from Kingston, Jamaica CITATION[CLOSE]
"New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JN2K-6TG : 6 December 2014), Adam Harvell, 15 Nov 1922; citing departure port Kingston, arrival port New York, ship name Manchioneal, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
Contemporary Notables of the name Harvell (post 1700)
- Lance Evans Harvell (b. 1963), American politician, Member of the Maine House of Representatives for the 89th District (2009)
- William Gladstone Harvell (1907-1985), British bronze medalist cyclist at the 1932 Summer Olympics
Historic Events for the Harvell family
- Mr. Charles Edward Harvell, British Chief Stoker, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died in the sinking CITATION[CLOSE]
HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html