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Harrison Family History

Harrison Name Meaning

English (northern): from the Middle English personal name Harry or Herry + -son. These were the common pronunciations of Henry (see Harry ).

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


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

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Where is the Harrison family from?

You can see how Harrison families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Harrison family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Harrison families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 267 Harrison families living in Virginia. This was about 12% of all the recorded Harrison's in USA. Virginia had the highest population of Harrison families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Harrison surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Harrison ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Harrison. 15% of Harrison men worked as a Laborer and 7% of Harrison women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Harrison were Truck Driver and Housekeeper. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
    15%
  • Farmer
    14%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    3%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
    7%
  • Housewife
    6%
  • Teacher
    6%
  • Housekeeper
    5%
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Census Records

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 Lists

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 Cards

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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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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