Following a huge revival in England, the U.S. has seemed to pick up on the Harvey trend -- it has risen five years in a row.
Harvey previously had a respectable run as a Top 100 name in the U.S. in the late nineteenth and early decades of the twentieth century, after which it began to get a bit of a nerdy rep. But now that's changing.
Harvey, which was brought to England by the Normans and is a version of the French name Herve, has some noteworthy references, such as a blind sixth century saint who was said to be a monk and minstrel able to talk to animals. Later Harveys include industrialist Firestone, martyred San Francisco public figure Milk, comics legend Pekar, and performers Keitel, Korman and Fierstein. Harvey was the name of an invisible man-sized rabbit who could only be seen by Jimmy Stewart's Elwood P. Dowd in a popular 1950 movie, and was the name of the main character in Rudyard Kipling's novel Captains Courageous.