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The origins of the name Harrison are with the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from the personal name Henry. The personal name Henry arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066, when William the Conqueror won the Battle of Hastings, killing King Harold, the last Saxon King of England. It is of Germanic origin, and arrived with the wave of immigration that followed King William into England from continental Europe. The surname Harrison is derived from a diminutive form of the name, Harry. The name means "the son of Henry."

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The surname Harrison was first found in Lancashire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Harrison has been spelled many different ways, including Harrison, Harryson, Harieson and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Harrison research. Another 247 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1590, 1669, 1640, 1669, 1579, 1656, 1583, 1655, 1621, 1640, 1606, 1660, 1685, 1713, 1797 and are included under the topic Early Harrison History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Notables of this surname at this time include Sir John Harrison ( c. 1590-1669), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons variously between 1640 and 1669, supporter of the Royalist side in the English Civil War; John Harrison (1579-1656), a prominent inhabitant of Leeds in Yorkshire, England, in the...

Another 77 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Harrison Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the Harrison family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 147 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Harrisons to arrive in North America:

Harrison Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Harmon Harrison settled in Virginia in 1607
  • Harmon Harrison, who arrived in Jamestown, Va in 1607
  • Rafe Harrison settled in Virginia in 1623
  • Benjamin Harrison, who arrived in Virginia in 1631
  • Hugh Harrison settled in Virginia in 1635
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Harrison Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Coll Harrison, who landed in Virginia in 1700
  • Anne Harrison, who arrived in New England in 1718
  • Andrew Harrison, who landed in Virginia in 1719
  • Ellinor Harrison, who landed in Virginia in 1719
  • Elir Harrison, who landed in Carolina in 1724
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Harrison Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • George Harrison, who landed in New York, NY in 1832
  • David Harrison, who landed in New York in 1833
  • Henry George Harrison, who arrived in New York in 1835
  • James Harrison, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844
  • Asa J Harrison, who arrived in America in 1849
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Harrison Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • James Herbert Harrison, who arrived in Alabama in 1925

Harrison Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Francis Harrison, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Eleanor Harrison, aged 48, arrived in Fort Cumberland, Nova Scotia in 1774
  • Mr. William Harrison U.E. who settled in Belle Vue, Beaver Harbour, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783
  • Capt. Charles Harrison U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 he served in the New Jersey Volunteers 2nd Battalion
  • Mr. Christopher Harrison U.E. born in England from Hunterdon County, New Jersey, USA who settled in Annapolis County, Nova Scotia c. 1784 arriving in American Colonies in 1773 he enlisted in 1776 serving as Conductor of Stores and Wagon Master in the Quarter Master General's Department he died in 1814 in York Mills, Ontario, married to Priscilla Peddle they had 8 children
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Harrison Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Mary Harrison, aged 28, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Salus" in 1833
  • Mary Harrison, aged 21, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Breeze" from Dublin, Ireland
  • Michael Harrison, aged 24, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Charlotte" from Cork, Ireland
  • Elizth Harrison, aged 60, landed in Montreal in 1849
  • Alfred Harrison, aged 22, arrived in Montreal in 1849
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Harrison Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Harrison, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
  • Thomas Harrison, English convict from Warwick, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on September 21, 1826, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Sarah Harrison, English convict from Gloucester, who was transported aboard the "America" on December 30, 1830, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • William Harrison, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on November 13, 1832, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Peter Lumper Harrison a stevedore, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1837
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Harrison Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • A V Harrison landed in Taranaki, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship William Bryan
  • H S Harrison landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Bolton
  • R J B Harrison landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Bolton
  • Robert Harrison landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Thomas Harrison landed in Taranaki, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship William Bryan
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  • President Benjamin Harrison (1833-1901), American politician, the 23rd President of the United States
  • James "Jim" Harrison (1937-2016), American author, best known for his 1979 novella Legends of the Fall
  • Robert Lucius "Bob" Harrison Jr. (1937-2016), American NFL football defensive lineman who played from 1959 to 1967
  • Esther Mullin Harrison (1946-2015), American politician, Member of the Mississippi House of Representatives (2001-2015)
  • William Neal Harrison (1933-2013), American Hugo and Nebula Award nominated novelist, short story writer, and screenwriter, best known for writing the short story "Roller Ball Murder" which was made into the movie Rollerball in 1975
  • Major-General William Kelly Jr. Harrison (1895-1987), American Commander in Chief US Caribbean Command (1954-1957)
  • Major-General William Henry Harrison (1892-1956), American Chief of Shipbuilding, Construction & Supplies Branch (1941)
  • Brigadier-General Eugene Lynch Harrison (1898-1981), American Chief of Information, Army Ground Force (1946-1948)
  • George Russell Harrison (1898-1979), American physicist, Professor of Experimental Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1930, Dean of Science at MIT, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Wallace Kirkman Harrison (1895-1981), American architect, who designed the UN headquarters and the Lincoln Center
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Harrison Historic Events



Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. Frank Harrison, British Bedroom Steward from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Mr. Francis Harrison, British Grill Cook from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Mr. Hugh Harrison, Irish Third Class Passenger from Belfast, Ireland who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914

Flight 191

  • Mrs. W Harrison, American passenger from Los Angeles, California, USA, who flew aboard American Airlines Flight 191 and died in the crash on May 25, 1979

HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. Leslie Alexander Harrison (1904-1941), Australian Petty Officer Steward from Ashfield, New South Wales, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Ronald Harrison, British Able Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Ralph Harrison (b. 1925), Welsh Boy Seaman from Wales, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Ralph Arthur George Harrison, British Boy, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Leonard H Harrison, British Able Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Frank Harrison, British Telegraphist, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Henry A Harrison, British Shipwright 2nd Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Samuel Kane Harrison (b. 1921), Irish Able Bodied Seaman from Belfast, County Antrim, Ireland, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. George Wraith Harrison, Canadian 3rd Class passenger from Fernie, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
  • Mr. James Harrison, English 2nd Class passenger residing in New York, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking and was recovered
  • Mr. Herbert Kesteven Harrison, English 2nd Class passenger residing in Chicago, Illinois, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Aragon D. Harrison, aged 40, English Saloon Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking by escaping in life boat 9
  • Mr. Norman E. Harrison (d. 1912), aged 38, English Assistant Second Engineer from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Mr. William Henry Harrison (d. 1912), aged 45, English First Class passenger from Wallasey, Merseyside who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking and was recovered by CS Mackay-Bennett
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  • The Venturers: The Hampton, Harrison, and Earle Families of Virginia, South Carolina, and Texas by Virginia G. Meynard.
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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Vincit qui patitur
Motto Translation: He conquers who endures.

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    2. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    5. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    7. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    9. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    10. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
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    The Harrison Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Harrison Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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