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Origins of the Harris surname

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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.

Alternative variations of the name Harris

Harris, Harries, Haris, Haries, Harrys

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Where do most Harrises live?

In 1921, most Harrises lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Harrises

How common is your surname?

25th most common surname in the UK

We have 802,000 records for the Harris surname. The oldest one dates back to 1318.

Who were Harrises most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Harris first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Harrises

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Harrises in 1921




Domestic Servant


General Servant Domestic


General Servant


Common Male occupations for Harrises in 1921
Agricultural Labourer


General Labourer


Coal Miner






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