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Harris Family History
Family spelling variants include Harries, Harriss, Haris, Herries.
There are approximately 1,023,744 Harris family members around the world. In general you can double this figure to include those related to the Harris names to allow for those connected to the name through maiden name connections.
It is estimated that the largest group of Harris family members live in USA with 761,684 (74.4%) members, 863,941 (12.9%) members reside in England, 110,892 (1.3%) in Wales, Australia 46,772 members (4.6%), Canada 32,408 (3.2%), South Africa 22,598 (2.2%) and New Zealand 6,383 (0.6%), 40,722 (0.5%) from Ireland and Scotland with 27,803 members (0.4%).
In 1891 Census, the Harris family name was predominant in the following Southern counties: London - 13,536 (17%), Devon - 3,918 (4.9%), Warwickshire - 3,749 (4.7%), Gloucestershire - 3,313 (4.2%), Worcestershire - 2,963 (3.7%), Kent - 2,867 (3.6%), Hampshire - 2,321 (2.9%), Essex - 2,276 (2.9%), Somerset - 2,028 (2.5%) and Middlesex - 1,977 (2.5%).
Earlier in 1881 census, Kent was recorded as a top county with 3,597 occurrences. It was recorded as a top surname by occurrence in Faversham district with 94 occurrences and neighbouring parish Boughton Under Blean with 41 occurrences. Also a top surname by occurrence in the coastal town of Sandwich St Peter with 14 occurrences.
It was also frequent in the county of Gloucestershire in 1881, where there were 3,428 occurrences and Bristol district was recorded as a top surname by occurence with 13 occurrences in the parish.
This ancient surname is English, Scottish and Irish, and has been recorded in many spellings including Harries, Harris, Haris and Herries. Derived from the 11th century personal name Harry, itself an early medieval form of Henry. Henry originates from the pre 7th century Frankish name "Henn- ric", meaning "home-rule". The Franks were a Germanic tribe, and spoke a branch of continental Germanic.
The name was first introduced into Britain at the Norman Conquest of England, in 1066, and is recorded as Henricus in the famous register known as the Domesday Book, in the year 1086. This name is also well established in Ireland, moving there principally during the Plantation of Ulster.
Also interpreted as 'The son of Harry', deriving from a form of Henry which may have also signified a rich lord. Also, from the Old Norse, Harri. In Dutch, it comes from Harries and from the Flemish, a personal name - Hariche. In Ireland, there are some cases, particularly in families coming from County Mayo, both Harris and Harrison can be Anglicised forms of Gaelic Ó hEarchadha.
In Greek, it is a reduced form of the Greek personal name Kharalambos, composed of the elements khara meaning ‘joy’ and lambein ‘to shine’. In Jewish, it is an Americanised form of any of various like-sounding Jewish names, perhaps as an anglicised form of Aaron.
Early bearers of the surname include: Willelmo Harries, 1379 in Poll Tax (Devizes, Wilts); Willelmo Herys, 1379 in Poll Tax (Luton, Beds); Isabella Harreis, 1381 in Poll Tax (Fairford, Gloucs); William Harrys, 1406 in Eynsham Cartulary (Oxon); Lawrence Harryes, 1468 in Fine Rolls (Herts); John Harys, 1540 in Parish Registers (Saint Peter, Sandwich, Kent); George Haris, 1554 in IGI (Coleshill, Warwicks); Ralfe Harris, 1575 in Parish Registers (Isle of Sheppey, Kent).
It is believed that the first recorded spelling of the family name was John Harry, which dated back to 1273 in the "Hundred Rolls" of the county of Buckinghamshire. This was during the reign of King Edward 1st, also known as "The Hammer of the Scots" (1272 - 1307).
A John Harris from Gloucestershire was transported as a convict to Australia aboard the 'Ann' in August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia.
The most common Harris occupation in the UK in 1881 was Agricultural Labourer, followed by Labourer and Farmer as the top 3 reported jobs worked by Harris. A less common occupation for the Harris family was Coal Miner.
Geographically, the locative town named Harris and Harriseahead can be found in United Kingdom. Harris is located in Scotland on the largest island in the Outer Hebrides and is the most mountainous part of the island. Harriseahead is a village located in the county of Staffordshire.
The noted, Rodney Harris CBE, FRCP, FRCPath (1932-2017) was a British geneticist, Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (FRCP) and a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists (FRCPath).
Dr Derek Harris was the founder of Aston Science Park, now known as Birmingham Science Park, Aston. Visitors to the site included Prince Edward, Duke of Kent in 1985.
Mrs Lindsay Jane Harris L.V.O., British Lady in Waiting to Princess Michael of Kent, was appointed Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order on 29th December 2018.
Another noted, Mr. Derek Edward Harris O.B.E.,, from Ashford Kent. A British Member for Minds Matter Trading Activities Board who was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire on 29th December 2018 for services to charity and to Charitable Fundraising.
1881, 1891 Census
1881 Census in Kent
1881 Census in Gloucestershire
Dictionary of American Family Homes, P Hanks OUP 2003
Homes of Family Names in Great Britain, H.B. Guppy, London 1890
The Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland, P.Hanks, Coats, McClure OUP 2016
1860 Lower, Mark A Patronymica Britannica: a dictionary of the family names of the United Kingdom, London: J.R Smith. Public Domain
1857 Arthur, William An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. New York: Sheldon, Blakeman. Public Domain
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