Harris History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The family name Harris dates back to the beginnings of the Norman culture in Britain - the Norman Conquest of 1066. Originally, Harris was a name given to a person who was the son of the ruler of the property upon which he lived. Initially, le Herisse, the name came to England with the Norman Conquest, and is of Old French derivation. Another derivation, which is probably more common shows that the name is a version of the Old English given name Harry. [1] Although both derivations are valid time has confused them and historians now disagree on which is appropriate in a given situation.

Early Origins of the Harris family

The surname Harris was first found in Normandy, where Hericius and his brothers were in 1022 prohibited by King Robert of France from making inroads of on the estates of a neighbouring abbey. "Henricus was father of Ancelin de Beaumont who in 1086 held a barony in Nottinghamshire. Ivo Fitz-Herice or De Heriz, his son was Viscount of Nottinghamshire before 1130." [2] His sons quickly spread through Britain as seen by Robert Fitz-Herice who was mentioned in a charter of Barberie Abbey, executed by Henry II; Josceline Fitz-Herice mentioned in Huntingdonshire in 1156; and William who held two fees in Nottinghamshire and four in Lincolnshire in 1165. Humphrey Hairez was listed in Berkshire in 1158. William Herez held an estate in Wiltshire in the 13the century and later one of his descendants held estates in Salisbury in 1469 and was ancestor of the Earls of Malmsbury who also have three herrisons on their arms. [2] " Harris and Heris are armorially identified, each bearing three herissons (hedgehogs) in allusion to the name." [2] "Wootton Hall [in Wooton, Northamptonshire], the seat of W. Harris, Esq., stands elevated, and commands extensive prospects: the grounds are surrounded with thriving plantations." [3]

Important Dates for the Harris family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Harris research. Another 158 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1080, 1600, 1483, 1399, 1581, 1658, 1588, 1658, 1680, 1596, 1649, 1628, 1644, 1650, 1686, 1671, 1685, 1631, 1677, 1661, 1677, 1666, 1719 and are included under the topic Early Harris History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Harris Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Harris were recorded, including Harris, Harries, Harrys, Harryss, Haries, Haris, Hairis and many more.

Early Notables of the Harris family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John ap Harry of Poston in Vowchurch, High Sheriff of Herefordshire in 1399; Robert Harris (1581-1658), an English clergyman, known as a Puritan preacher, member of the Westminster Assembly, and President of Trinity College, Oxford; John Harris (Harrys) (c.1588-1658), an English academic and clergyman, Regius Professor of Greek at Oxford, long-time Warden of Winchester College, and a member of the Westminster Assembly; Peter Harris (the elder) (died 1680), a British buccaneer, one of the captains...
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Migration of the Harris family to Ireland

Some of the Harris family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 67 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Harris migration to the United States

The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Harris arrived in North America very early:

Harris Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Adria Harris, who arrived in Virginia in 1621 [4]
  • Lt. Harris who settled in Virginia in 1623
  • Lieutenant Harris, who landed in Virginia in 1623 [4]
  • Dorothe Harris, who landed in Virginia in 1623 [4]
  • Elizabeth Harris, who settled in Salem, Massachusetts in 1630
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Harris Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Ann Harris, who settled in Maryland in 1737
  • Alexander Harris, who landed in America in 1764 [4]
  • Edward Harris, who arrived in Kentucky in 1773 [4]
Harris Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Dennis Harris, who arrived in New York, NY in 1844 [4]
  • Abraham Harris, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1846 [4]
  • David Harris, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1847 [4]
  • Dan Harris, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1850 [4]
  • B Harris, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [4]
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Harris Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Anna E Harris, who arrived in Colorado in 1903 [4]

Harris migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Harris Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Harris U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswickc. 1783 was a passenger aboard "Cyrus" on August 21, 1783 from New York to Saint John River [5]
  • Mr. James Harris U.E. who settled in Belle Vue, Beaver Harbour, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783 [5]
  • Mr. John Harris U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1783 was a passenger aboard "Cyrus" on August 21, 1783 from New York to Saint John River [5]
  • Mr. Massy Harris U.E. from Rhode Island, USA who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1783 passenger aboard the Union Transport he served in the New Jersey Volunteers [5]
  • Mr. Thomas Harris U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1783 was a passenger aboard "Cyrus" on August 21, 1783 from New York to Saint John River [5]
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Harris Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Alanson Harris, who landed in Canada in 1828
  • Mrs. Harris, aged 56, a lady, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Sarah" from Bristol, England
  • Edward Harris, aged 24, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the barque "Pallas" from Cork, Ireland
  • Mary Harris, aged 23, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Charity" from Kinsale, Ireland
  • Nancy Harris, aged 24, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Protector" in 1834
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Harris migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Harris Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Harris, English convict from Gloucester, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia [6]
  • Robert Harris, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia [7]
  • Thomas Harris, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia [7]
  • William Harris, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia [7]
  • Mr. Thomas Harris(b. 1805), aged 14, Cornish settler convicted in Cornwall, UK on 12th January 1819, sentenced for 7 years for stealing 6 loaves of bread from John Penwarne, transported aboard the ship "Guildford" in May 1820 to Van Diemen's Land, Tasmania, Australia [8]
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Harris migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Harris Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Henry Harris, Cornish settler travelling from Launceston, UK aboard the ship "Brazil Packet" arriving in New Zealand in 1836 [9]
  • W Harris, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1839
  • Abram Harris, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Luke Harris, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • R T Harris, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
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Contemporary Notables of the name Harris (post 1700)

  • Kylie Rae Harris (1989-2019), American singer-songwriter from Wylie, Texas who died from a car accident at 30 years old
  • Curtis West Harris (1924-2017), African-American minister, civil rights activist, and politician from Dendron, Virginia
  • Bill Harris (1934-2017), American politician, 92nd President of the Ohio Senate (2005-2010), Member of the Ohio Senate (2000-2010)
  • Bradford Harris (1933-2017), American actor, stuntman, and executive producer, inducted into the Stuntman's Hall of Fame
  • Viola Harris (1926-2017), American actress known for roles in television, theater and film, known for her roles with Woody Allen including The Other Guys, Choke, and Deconstructing Harry
  • Joi "S.J." Harris (1977-2017), American motorcycle road racer and stuntwoman who was killed while filming a motorcycle stunt on the set of Deadpool2
  • Hollis Loyd Harris (1931-2016), American airline executive, President and COO of Delta Air Lines (1987-1990), CEO of Continental Airlines (1990-1991), Air Canada (1992-1996), and World Airways (1999-2004)
  • Steve Harris (1963-2016), American professional NBA basketball player
  • Chris Harris (1948-2015), American politician and lawyer, Member of the Texas Senate (2005-2013)
  • Carroll Wayne Harris (1938-2015), American Hall of Fame CFL football player
  • ... (Another 46 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Harris family

Air New Zealand Flight 901
  • Miss Hazel Phoebe Harris (1919-1979), New Zealander passenger, from Hamilton, North Island, New Zealand aboard the Air New Zealand Flight 901 for an Antarctic sightseeing flight when it flew into Mount Erebus; she died in the crash [10]
Arrow Air Flight 1285
  • Mr. Brian D Harris (b. 1965), American Private 1st Class from Canton, Ohio, USA who died in the crash [11]
Flight TWA 800
  • Mr. Lawrence E. Harris (d. 1996), from New York, New York, USA, American passenger, son of Jeffrey H Erickson president and chief executive of TWA flying aboard flight TWA 800 from J.F.K. Airport, New York to Leonardo da Vinci Airport, Rome when the plane crashed after takeoff ; he died in the crash [12]
  • Miss. Chelsea Lynn Harris (1988-1996), from New York, USA, American passenger traveling with Elsie Ostachiewicz flying aboard flight TWA 800 from J.F.K. Airport, New York to Leonardo da Vinci Airport, Rome when the plane crashed after takeoff ; she died in the crash [12]
Halifax Explosion
  • Master John Russell  Harris (1917-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [13]
  • Mr. George Frederick  Harris (1871-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [13]
Hillcrest Coal Mine
HMAS Sydney II
  • Mr. Ronald Charles Harris (1915-1941), Australian Able Seaman from North Richmond, Victoria, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [15]
HMS Cornwall
  • Arthur Thomas Harris (d. 1942), British Able Seaman aboard the HMS Cornwall when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he died in the sinking [16]
HMS Hood
  • Mr. Desmond S R Harris (b. 1916), English Lieutenant serving for the Royal Marine from Keyham, Devonport, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [17]
  • Mr. James H Harris (b. 1908), English Marine serving for the Royal Marine from Kidderminster, Worcestershire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [17]
  • Mr. Frank R Harris (b. 1920), English Ordnance Artificer 4th Class serving for the Royal Navy from Copnor, Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [17]
  • Mr. Charles A Harris (b. 1901), English Chief Mechanician serving for the Royal Navy from Blandford, Dorset, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [17]
HMS Prince of Wales
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Samuel Harris, British Petty Officer, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died in the sinking [19]
  • Mr. Leonard Harris, British Boy 1st Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [19]
  • Mr. Trevor Harris, British Boy 1st Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [19]
  • Mr. Albert W G Harris, British Boy, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [19]
HMS Royal Oak
  • Edward J. Harris, British Leading Seaman with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [20]
  • Edward Harris, British Engine Room Artificer 5th Class with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [20]
  • Donald T. Harris, British Seaman with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [20]
  • Norman Herrick Harris (1921-1939), British Seaman with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [20]
  • Percy Walter Harris (1905-1939), British Leading Seaman with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [20]
  • ... (Another 2 entries are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. John Lewis Harris, English Assistant Butcher from Birmingham, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [21]
  • Mr. Edward James Harris, English Trimmer from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [21]
  • Mr. Reuben Harris, English 2nd Class passenger residing in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [22]
  • Mrs. Emma Harris, English 2nd Class passenger residing in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [22]
  • Mr. Dwight Carlton Harris, American 1st Class Passenger from New York, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking by escaping in life boat believed to be 22 [22]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Charles William Harris (d. 1912), aged 19, English Saloon Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [23]
  • Mr. Clifford Henry Harris (d. 1912), aged 16, English Bell Boy from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [23]
  • Mr. Edward Harris (d. 1912), aged 18, English Assistant Pantryman Steward from Winchester, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [23]
  • Mr. Edward John Harris (d. 1912), aged 28, English Fireman/Stoker from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [23]
  • Mr. Frederick Harris, aged 34, English Fireman/Stoker from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on life boat 14 [23]
  • ... (Another 4 entries are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
SS Alcoa Puritan
  • H.L. Harris, American Messman from Mobile, Alabama, who was working aboard the SS Alcoa Puritan traveling from Port of Spain, Trinidad to Mobile, Alabama when it was torpedoed by U-boat U-507; he survived the sinking [24]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Henry S. Harris, American Seaman First Class working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he survived the sinking [25]
  • Mr. John D. Harris, American Seaman First Class working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he survived the sinking [25]
  • Mr. Peter John Harris, American Coxswain from Nebraska, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [25]
  • Mr. George Ellsworth Harris, American Machinist's Mate First Class from Illinois, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [25]
  • Mr. Hiram Dennis Harris, American Seaman First Class from Georgia, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [25]
  • ... (Another 2 entries are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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