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Origins of the Harrison surname

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What does the name Harrison mean?

The origin of the Harrison surname is believed to be patronymic, and of English origin. Harrison has been found in documents dating back to the 1300s, and even today is the 42nd most prevalent in England. The surname Harrison is believed to derive from a description of someone who was the 'son of Harry/Henry'.

Alternative variations of the name Harrison

Harrison, Harryson, Harison, Haryson, Herrison

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Where do most Harrisons live?

In 1921, most Harrisons lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Harrisons

How common is your surname?

31st most common surname in the UK

We have 687,000 records for the Harrison surname. The oldest one dates back to 1264.

Who were Harrisons most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Harrison first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Harrisons

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

Common Female occupations for Harrisons in 1921


Cotton Weaver


Domestic Servant


General Servant Domestic


Living On Own Means


Common Male occupations for Harrisons in 1921
Coal Miner




General Labourer


Agricultural Labourer




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