William Harvey

about 1791–
Margaretting, Essex, England

The Life of William

When William Harvey was born about 1791, in Margaretting, Essex, England, his father, Thomas Harvey, was 41 and his mother, Ann Smithers, was 34. He married Elizabeth Balls on 17 April 1829, in Essex, England, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 2 daughters.

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William Harvey
Elizabeth Balls
Marriage: 17 April 1829
Samuel Harvey
James Harvey
Hannah Harvey
Jane Harvey

Spouse and Children

17 April 1829
Essex, England, United Kingdom



    James Harvey


    Hannah Harvey


    Jane Harvey


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+4 More Children

Name Meaning

1 English and Scottish: from the Breton personal name Aeruiu or Haerviu, composed of the elements haer ‘battle’, ‘carnage’+ vy ‘worthy’, which was brought to England by Breton followers of William the Conqueror, for the most part in the Gallicized form Hervé. (The change from -er- to -ar- was a normal development in Middle English and Old French.) Reaney believes that the surname is also occasionally from a Norman personal name, Old German Herewig, composed of the Germanic elements hari, heri ‘army’ + wīg ‘war’.2 Irish: mainly of English origin, in Ulster and County Wexford, but sometimes a shortened Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hAirmheadhaigh ‘descendant of Airmheadhach’, a personal name probably meaning ‘esteemed’. It seems to be a derivative of Airmheadh, the name borne by a mythological physician.3 Irish (County Fermanagh): shortened Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hEarchaidh ‘descendant of Earchadh’, a personal name of uncertain origin.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Willm Harvey in entry for Jane Harvey, "England, Essex Non-Conformist Church Records, 1613-1971"
  • Willm Harvey in entry for Jane Harvey, "England, Essex Non-Conformist Church Records, 1613-1971"
  • William Harvey, "England Marriages, 1538–1973 "

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