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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]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Although both derivations are valid time has confused them and historians now disagree on which is appropriate in a given situation.

Harris Early Origins



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]CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
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]CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
" Harris and Heris are armorially identified, each bearing three herissons (hedgehogs) in allusion to the name." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
"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]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Harris Spelling Variations


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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.

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Harris Early History


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Harris Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Harris research. Another 317 words (23 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.

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Harris Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Harris Early Notables (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...

Another 114 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Harris Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Harris In Ireland


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Harris In Ireland



Some of the Harris family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 121 words (9 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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The Great Migration



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
  • Lt. Harris who settled in Virginia in 1623
  • Lieutenant Harris, who landed in Virginia in 1623
  • Dorothe Harris, who landed in Virginia in 1623
  • Elizabeth Harris settled in Salem, Massachusetts in 1630
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Harris Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Ann Harris settled in Maryland in 1737
  • Alexander Harris, who landed in America in 1764
  • Edward Harris, who arrived in Kentucky in 1773

Harris Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Dennis Harris, who arrived in New York, NY in 1844
  • Abraham Harris, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1846
  • David Harris, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1847
  • Dan Harris, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1850
  • B Harris, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Harris Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Anna E Harris, who arrived in Colorado in 1903

Harris Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mrs. Elizabeth 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 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. James Harris U.E. who settled in Belle Vue, Beaver Harbour, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • 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 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • 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 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • 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 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Harris Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Alanson Harris, who landed in Canada in 1828
  • Mrs. Harris, aged 56, a lady, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Sarah" from Bristol, England
  • Edward Harris, aged 24, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the barque "Pallas" from Cork, Ireland
  • Mary Harris, aged 23, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Charity" from Kinsale, Ireland
  • Nancy Harris, aged 24, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Protector" in 1834

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
  • Robert Harris, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Thomas Harris, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • William Harris, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Joseph Harris, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on July 3, 1822, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Harris Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • W Harris landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1839
  • Abram Harris landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Luke Harris landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • R T Harris landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • George Harris landed in Tamaki, Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Harris (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Harris (post 1700)



  • 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
  • Earl L. Harris (1941-2015), American politician, Democratic member of the Indiana House of Representatives (1982-2015)
  • Bob Lee Harris (1922-2014), American actor, and the father of Ed Harris
  • Julia Ann "Julie" Harris (1925-2013), American five-time Tony Award, three-time Emmy Award and a Grammy Award winning stage, screen, and television actress, 1994 recipient of the National Medal of Arts
  • James H. Harris (1828-1898), African-American Union Army soldier during the American Civil War, recipient of the Medal of Honor for his actions at the Battle of Chaffin's Farm
  • Brigadier-General Ray Guy Harris (1891-1971), American Commanding Officer Midwestern District (1942-1945)
  • Major-General John Augustus Harris (1890-1951), American Adjutant-General of Missouri (1945)
  • ... (Another 23 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Harris Historic Events


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Harris Historic Events




Arrow Air Flight 1285

  • Mr. Brian D Harris (b. 1965), American Private 1st Class from Canton, Ohio, USA who died in the crash of Arrow Air Flight 1285 on December 12, 1985 in Gander, Newfoundland, Canada

Halifax Explosion

  • Master John Russell  Harris (1917-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mr. George Frederick  Harris (1871-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

Hillcrest Coal Mine

  • Mr. David John Harris (1892-1914), Welsh Bratticeman from Wales, United Kingdom who worked in the Hillcrest Coal Mine, Alberta, Canada and died in the mine collapse on June 19 1914

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 on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

HMS Hood

  • Mr. Desmond S R Harris (b. 1916), English Lieutenant serving for the Royal Marine from Keyham, Devonport, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. James H Harris (b. 1908), English Marine serving for the Royal Marine from Kidderminster, Worcestershire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • 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 on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. Charles A Harris (b. 1901), English Chief Mechanician serving for the Royal Navy from Blandford, Dorset, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Thomas Henry Harris, British Petty Officer Stoker, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking
  • Mr. James Harris, British Able Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Samuel Harris, British Petty Officer, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking
  • Mr. Leonard Harris, British Boy 1st Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Trevor Harris, British Boy 1st Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Albert W G Harris, British Boy, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. John Lewis Harris, English Assistant Butcher from Birmingham, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Mr. Edward James Harris, English Trimmer from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Mr. Reuben Harris, English 2nd Class passenger residing in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Mrs. Emma Harris, English 2nd Class passenger residing in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • 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

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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • ... (Another 4 entries are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Harris


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Suggested Readings for the name Harris



  • Families of Elisha, Joseph and Woodruff Harris of Chenango County, New York and Geauga and Portage Counties, Ohio by Gale Ion Harris.
  • Harris Index: A Biographical of Over 4500 American Descendants of Edward Harris and Flora Douglas of Scotland, 1730-1983 by Calsita V. Leonard.

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Motto



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: Ubique patriam reminisci
Motto Translation: Everywhere to remember one's country.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  4. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  2. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  3. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  4. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  5. 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).
  6. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  7. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  9. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  10. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
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The Harris Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Harris 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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