Harris Family History

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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 Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Harris name?

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

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  • England & Wales

    46%

  • Ireland & Scotland

    16%

  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples

    7%

  • Germanic Europe

    5%

  • Benin/Togo

    5%

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Harris Family Origin

Where is the Harris family from?

Harris Family Occupations

What did your Harris ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Agricultural Labourer, Labourer and Farmer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Harris. A less common occupation for the Harris family was Coal Miner. The most common Harris occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 4% of Harris's were Agricultural Labourers.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

    4%
  • Labourer

    4%
  • Farmer

    4%
  • Coal Miner

    3%

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

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 the UK, 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

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.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Harris

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Harris 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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