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HARRISON - Name Meaning & Origin


HARRISON Surname Meaning & Origin:

Harrison is generally considered to mean "son of Harry." The given name Harry is a derivation of Henry, meaning "home ruler." Like many patronymic surnames, the surnames HARRISON and HARRIS are often found used interchangably in early records - sometimes within the same family.

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100 Most Common U.S. Surnames & Their Meanings
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The HARRISON Genealogy Repository
Records, family trees and more for a number of different HARRISON families, most in the United States and England.

Bill Harrison's Genealogy Site
Explore Bill's extensive research on his Harrison family from Staffordshire, England.

The Harrison DNA Project
Over 100 Harrison participants have joined together to use DNA as a tool to help sort out Harrison families worldwide.

Harrison Family Genealogy Forum
Search this popular genealogy forum for the Harris surname to find others who might be researching your ancestors, or post your own Harris query. There is also a separate forum for the HARRIS surname.

FamilySearch - HARRISON Genealogy
Find records, queries, and lineage-linked family trees posted for the Harrison surname and its variations.

HARRISON Surname & Family Mailing Lists
RootsWeb hosts several free mailing lists for researchers of the Harrison surname.

Cousin Connect - HARRISON Genealogy Queries
Read or post genealogy queries for the surname Harrison, and sign up for free notification when new Harrison queries are added.

DistantCousin.com - HARRISON Genealogy & Family History
Free databases and genealogy links for the last name Harrison.

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References: Surname Meanings & Origins

Cottle, Basil. Penguin Dictionary of Surnames. Baltimore, MD: Penguin Books, 1967.

Menk, Lars. A Dictionary of German Jewish Surnames. Avotaynu, 2005.

Beider, Alexander. A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from Galicia. Avotaynu, 2004.

Hanks, Patrick and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1989.

Hanks, Patrick. Dictionary of American Family Names. Oxford University Press, 2003.

Smith, Elsdon C. American Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997.

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