Herve History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the Herve family arrived in England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name Herve came from 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 Hervé.[1]

"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. " [2]

Hervey or Hervaeus (d. 1131), was "bishop successively of Bangor and Ely, of Breton race, was a royal clerk, high in favour with William Rufus and confessor to Henry I. " [3]

Early Origins of the Herve family

The surname Herve was first found in the Domesday Book of 1086 where the Latin form of the name, Herveus, was first used. Herueu de berruarius was also listed in Suffolk at that time. [4]

Herueide Caster was recorded in Lincolnshire 1157-1163. Later in Suffolk, Willelmus filius Hervici was listed in the Feet of Fines of 1242 and William Hervi, Herevi was listed in the Curia Regis Rolls of 1196. William Hervy was found in the Feet of Fines for Essex in 1232 and later, Richard Herfu was found in the Subsidy Rolls of Sussex in 1327. [1]

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. [2]

"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." [5]

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." [6]

Early History of the Herve family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Herve research. Another 155 words (11 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 Herve History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Herve Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Herve are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Herve include Harvey, Hervey, Hervie, Harvie and others.

Early Notables of the Herve 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 1629; Edmund Harvey or Hervey (c.1601-1673), an English soldier and member of Parliament during the English Civil War, who sat as a commissioner at the Trial of King Charles I and helped...
Another 83 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Herve Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Herve family to Ireland

Some of the Herve family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 107 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Canada Herve migration to Canada +

Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Herve, or a variant listed above:

Herve Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Sebastien Hervé married in Quebec in 1689
  • Sébastien Herve, son of Gabriel and Marguerite, who married Françoise Philippeau, daughter of Claude and Jeanne, in Quebec on 10th January 1689 [7]
  • Pierre Herve, son of Pierre and Jeanne, who married Catherine Patissier, daughter of Jean-Baptiste and Marie, in Montreal, Quebec on 22nd November 1698 [7]
  • Pierre Hervé married in Montreal in 1698
Herve Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Jean Herve, son of Phorien and Renée, who married Marie Benoit, daughter of Etienne and Nicole, in Montreal, Quebec on 21st November 1712 [7]
  • Sébastien Herve, son of Sébastien and Françoise, who married Rosalie Tremblay, daughter of Louis and Marie, in Baie-Saint-Paul, Quebec on 17th November 1722 [7]
  • Louis Herve, son of Pierre and Catherine, who married Marie-Anne Perras, daughter of Jean and Madeleine, in La Prairie, Quebec on 6th November 1724 [7]
  • Julien Herve, son of Sébastien and Rosalie, who married Geneviève Destroismaisons, daughter of Charles and Marie-Madeleine, in Saint-Pierre-de-la-Rivière-du-Sud, Quebec on 6th February 1747 [7]

Contemporary Notables of the name Herve (post 1700) +

  • Edmond Hervé, French born teacher and a former minister, deputy and municipal magistrate of Paris
  • Herve Lamy, French classical tenor
  • Herve Messie, accountant, Paris
  • Herve Racivitch, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Louisiana, 1952 [8]


  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  4. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  5. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  6. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  7. ^ Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 1, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  8. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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