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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.

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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