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The Strongbownian invaders added their Norman conventions for surnames to the previously established Irish system for hereditary surnames. One of the most frequent forms of surnames for both cultures was the patronymic surname, which was formed from the name of the bearer's father or grandfather. The Norman tradition that the followers of Strongbow brought with them created such a surname through diminutive suffixes such as "-ot," "-et," "-un," "-in," or "-el." Occasionally, two suffixes were combined to form a double diminutive, as in the combinations of "-el-in," "-el-ot," "-in-ot," and "-et-in." The Normans also formed patronymic surnames in a manner very similar to the Irish: they added a prefix to their father's name. These Anglo-Norman people, however, used the prefix "Fitz-," which was derived from the French word "fils," and ultimately from the Latin " filius," which both mean "son." Although this prefix probably originated in Flanders or Normandy, it can now only be found in Ireland. The surname Fitzharris is derived from the personal name Henry, which was brought by the Normans into England and then Ireland. This name is composed of the elements "haim" or "heim," which mean "home," and "ric," which means "power." Harris was a patronymic form of Henry. The name features the distinctive Irish patronymic prefix fitz, which means son of in Anglo-French. This is derived from the Old French word "fils," which ultimately comes from the Latin word "filius." The Gaelic form of the surname Fitzharris is Mac Éinri.

Fitzharris Early Origins



The surname Fitz Harris was first found in County Wexford (Irish: Loch Garman), founded by Vikings as Waesfjord, and located in Southeastern Ireland, in the province of Leinster, where they were granted lands by Strongbow on his invasion of Ireland in 1172. Fitz Harris Castle is a medieval castle located near Abingdon, Oxfordshire, England and dates back to 1071-1084, shortly after the Norman Conquest. It is thought that the Norman knight Owen built the castle which formed a motte, 78 ft by 68 ft across, protected by a stream that flowed around the motte producing a moat. A keep remained on this site until about 1247. Today, remains of the castle is owned by the local authorities but access is restricted to protect erosion from visitors.

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Fitzharris Spelling Variations


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Fitzharris Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Fitzhenry, Fitzharris and others.

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Fitzharris Early History


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Fitzharris Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fitzharris research. Another 159 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1206, 1648, 1681, 1681, 1st , 1640, 1690, 1645 and 1704 are included under the topic Early Fitzharris History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Fitzharris Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Fitzharris Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the family up to this time was Edward Fitzharris (1648?-1681), Irish-born, Anglo conspirator who was prosecuted during the Popish Plot hoax. In 1681, he claimed he could reveal the secret of Sir Edmondbury Godfrey's murder and eventually implicated the Earl of Danby, but was impeached by the House...

Another 50 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fitzharris Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Fitz Harris Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Nicholas Fitzharris settled in Philadelphia in 1855 along with Peter

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Contemporary Notables of the name Fitz Harris (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Fitzharris (post 1700)




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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
    2. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    3. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
    4. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    5. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    6. Woulfe, Rev. Patrick. Irish Names and Surnames Collected and Edited with Explanatory and Historical Notes. Kansas City: Genealogical Foundation, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-940134-403).
    7. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    8. Tepper, Michael Ed & Elizabeth P. Bentley Transcriber. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986. Print.
    9. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. 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 Co., 1992. Print.
    11. ...

    The Fitzharris Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fitzharris 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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