Last name: Harris

This ancient surname is English, Scottish and Irish, and is recorded in many spellings including Harry, Harrie, Harrhy, Harris, Harries, and Harriss. However spelt, all derive from the 11th century personal name Harry, itself a nickname form of Henry. "Henry", which originates from the pre 7th century Frankish name "Henn- ric", meaning "home-rule", was first introduced into Britain at the Norman Conquest of England, in 1066, and is recorded in the famous register known as the Domesday Book, in the year 1086. Over the next four centuries the name in all its spellings became very popular in England, although in Scotland the usual spelling is Harrison. The eight English kings called officially Henry, were all referred to as Hal or Harry. Early examples of the "Harry" surname recordings taken from authentic medieval charters, and showing the surname development, include Nicholas Herri, in the 1327 Subsidy Rolls of Worcestershire, and William Harrys, in the Eynsham Cartulary of Oxford, in the year 1406. Later recordings include those of Walter Harris (1647 - 1732), a court physician to King Charles 11, and later William and Queen Mary, 1689 - 1694. The first recorded spelling of the family name is believed to be that of John Harry, which was dated 1273, in the "Hundred Rolls" of the county of Buckinghamshire. This was during the reign of King Edward 1st, known as "The Hammer of the Scots", 1272 - 1307. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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lucas harris

anyone related to General George Custer from the 11th century and had a family member that married a Harris?

EmmaBennett
hi my maternal grandmother Florence married a harris, but my mother doesnt know his name because she was fostered. as far as i know though he or his family were irish.

help for you
look up county register if you knew where they are from. they did house registration back then so everyone in the household's name was on register

Rich
Any Irish Harris's out there? I know my grandather Thomas came from Cork.

Marcy
Yes, my grandmother was a Harris from Cork. Her name was Madgie Irene.

Rick Harris
I am trying to trace William Harris who married Ann Erwin in America in 1775. I assume he was Welsh due to him being a Presbyterian.We know he was a tanner. Anybody know anything?

Jane Woodside
Is this William Harris from Pennsylvania?

Steve Harris
.any Aberdare Harris families?

June Jones nee Harris
Hi My fathers family came from Merthyr Tydfil and moved to Birmingham in the late 1800s. Merthyr Tydfil and Aberdare are geographically very close .

Karen
My grandfather, born June 22, 1907, as Alfred William Harris in London England. His father before him was also named Alfred, but Herbert was his middle name. I have no date of birth, marriage or death. My grandfather married Ethel Busby Read in 1926.......any relatives out there??? Thanks

Gillian Harris
Possible conection to my husbands family if born in the East end of London. Only a couple have the first name Alfred his family and another in Marylebone. Well thatsa all I have found. I have trees on Ancestry and Genes that you could look at if your a member.

K Harris
Both sides of my family, are from the south west of England, my fathers side the Harris's are related to the Halletts.My grandfather was called Micheal Harris My dad is currently looking up the family tree,so interesting :).Trying to find out more

richard
my ansestors were normans at the kings be hest . highly religous and of noble blood . knights of the highest order and members of the round table .. cool

jodie harris
he also is my great granfather ,sorry about the spelling cheers

jodie
hi im look for anyone that was related to a Walter Charles Sydney Harris born 1832 but not to sure we don't know whether hes from Scotland or england he came to nz an married a maori lady by the name of tawakino paniora we are looking for one that might be family to him like brothers of sisters that might be still alive thank s

Barry Harris
My name is Barry, son of Neil George, brother of Walter (Wally), grandson of Walter Charles Harris (b 1873), gr grandson of Walter Charles Harris (b 1830). We link, and maybe through Warrick (Rick)?? Contact on barry.heather@xtra.co.nz

Mharry
My Great Grandfather was Frank Harris b.1878 d. 1916 He married Beulah Ellis Harris b.08/17/1880 d.07/24/1963 They begot Frankie Nell Harris Harry b.12/15/1916 d. 08/28/1996 She married Charles Edward Harry b. 04/17/1913 d. 04/06/1972 They begot Charles Kenneth Harry b. 10/20/1945 Who, is my father. All buried in Sylacauga, AL area Any info would be appreciated.

chloe harris
That is my surname and I never used to like it, however I have had a change of heart and now I like it :)

Scot
Looking for any info on Charles Harris in or around the CT area in the 1700 or 1800.

patricia harris
i am interested in your comment about charles harris my grandad was charlie harris he was born in the 1800s he lived in london

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Harris is a cool name :)