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Harris Name Meaning

English (southern England and south Wales): from the personal name Harry + genitival -s. This surname is also established in Ireland taken there principally during the Plantation of Ulster. However in some cases particularly in families coming from County Mayo Harris can be an Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hEarchadha. This surname is also very common among African Americans. American shortened and altered form of Greek surnames begining with Cha(r)- such as Chasandrinos (variant of Kassandrinos a habitational name from the Kassandra peninsula of Chalkidiki) and various patronymics from the personal name Charalampos (see Charos ). In North America the surname Harris may possibly also originate from a transferred use of the Greek personal (given) name Charis or Harris (shortened forms of Charalampos) as a surname (i.e. as a replacement of the original surname). Americanized form of various like-sounding Jewish surnames.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Harry, Farris, Sarris, Gabris, Parrish, Hargis, Harts, Martis, Ferris

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Where is the Harris family from?

You can see how Harris families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Harris family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Harris families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 3,535 Harris families living in Ontario. This was about 49% of all the recorded Harris's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Harris families in 1911.
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What did your Harris ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Harris. 28% of Harris men worked as a Farmer and 11% of Harris women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Harris were Carpenter and Clerk. .

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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 1921

  • Farmer
  • Labourer
  • Laborer
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Stenographer
  • Housekeeper
  • Income
  • Clerk
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Passenger Lists

There are 386,000 immigration records available for the last name Harris. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 565,000 military records available for the last name Harris. For the veterans among your Harris ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Harris lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Harris life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Harris in 1940 was 40, and 72 in 2004.

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