Harrison Family History

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Harrison Name Meaning

Northern English: patronymic from the medieval personal name Harry.

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

Similar surnames: Harbison, Harmison, Harris, Garrison, Marrison, Harvison, Hardison

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Harrison Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Harrison name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Harrison. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


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Harrison Family Origin

Where is the Harrison family from?

Harrison Family Occupations

What did your Harrison ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Harrison family was Farm Laborer. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Harrison. The most common Harrison occupation in the USA was Farmer. 36% of Harrison's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farm Laborer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Harrison ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Harrison Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 2 million census records available for the last name Harrison. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Harrison census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 259,000 immigration records available for the last name Harrison. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 253,000 military records available for the last name Harrison. For the veterans among your Harrison ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Harrison Life Expectancy

What is the average Harrison lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Harrison life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Harrison in 1940 was 44, and 74 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Harrison ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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