Harvard is a surname and boy’s name of English origin. It’s a variant of the Middle English surname Hereward, which combines the words here, meaning “army,” and weard, meaning “guard,” to form “army guard.” Today, the name is most commonly associated with the prestigious college, which was named after one of its founders, the English clergyman John Harvard. Harvard left a large sum of money to the college in his will, which led to the institution being renamed in his honor. If you’re hoping to inspire a love of learning in baby, Harvard could be the perfect name for them!
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