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Harris Family History

Harris Name Meaning
English and Welsh (very common in southern England and South Wales): patronymic from the medieval English personal name Harry, pet form of Henry.This name is also well established in Ireland, taken there principally during the Plantation of Ulster. In some cases, particularly in families coming from County Mayo, both Harris and Harrison can be Anglicized forms of Gaelic Ó hEarchadha.Greek: reduced form of the Greek personal name Kharalambos, composed of the elements khara ‘joy’ + lambein ‘to shine’.Jewish: Americanized form of any of various like-sounding Jewish names.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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Name Distribution of Harris Families

  • Number of Harris families
     2,543 - 5,083
     848 - 2,542
     1 - 847
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Harris families
     6,769 - 13,536
     2,257 - 6,768
     1 - 2,256
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Harris families
     311 - 619
     104 - 310
     1 - 103
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Harris Family Origin

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Harris Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Harris

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Harris Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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