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Of Brittonic Celtic origin.

From the name Haerviu, of the Breton ethnic group, in France, meaning “battle worthy”.

Used both as a given name and a surname.

From the word “haer”, meaning battle and “viu”, meaning worthy.

Sources also mention the association with the Old Breton name Huiarnviu.

It was the name of a Breton hermit, patron saint of the blind.

The name was introduced in England after the Norman conquest.

Other forms of the name are Hervé, Harvie, Hervey, Harvee.

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