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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


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

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Harris Family Origin

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Harris Family Occupations

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 CA named Harris. 24% of Harris men worked as a Farmer and 9% of Harris women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Harris were Carpenter and Clerk

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Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
    24%
  • Labourer
    8%
  • Laborer
    4%
  • Carpenter
    3%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Stenographer
    9%
  • Housekeeper
    7%
  • Income
    7%
  • Clerk
    6%

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

Harris Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 3 million census records available for the last name Harris. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Harris 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 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 Card

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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Harris Life Expectancy

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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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