What does the name Harris mean?
The origin of the surname Harris is British and Irish. It's the 23rd most common name in England, and the 21st most common in the United States of America. The surname Harris denotes a 'son of Harry/Henry', and originated mostly in the 1300s. In Ireland (particularly in county Mayo), Harris can be an English form of the Gaelic 'OhEarchadha', but most often originates from the plantation of Ulster and the arrival of settlers from the British mainland.
The earliest occurrence of the Harris surname in our family history documents is from 1390, and we currently have 5,046,774 records where Harris appears.
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Typical jobs for Harrises
Hard-working people, the Harrises. 4714 worked in domestic service, according to the 1901 Census.
Where most Harrises lived
In the 1900s, you’d probably bump into a Harris in London.
Harrises’ criminal history
How do we put this... Not all Harrises were angels, apparently. We found 6532 in criminal records.
Harrises in World War I
According to the World War I records, 7136 Harrises served in the First World War.