The name ‘Harris’ originates from Ireland. it is derived from the Irish name ‘mac hanraoi’ meaning the ‘son of Henry’. Compiled information from Historical and Private archive’s has confirmed that the surname ‘Harris’ and or it’s variant’s, dates as far back as the 13th century were a ‘John Hanry’, from the County of Buckinghamshire, England, is recorded on the Hundred Rolls in 1273. The exact period of settlement in North America has not been definately determined but Information extracted from Public and Civil registry archive’s confirm that one of the first settlers was a certain ‘Thomas Harris’, the founder of this family in America , who sailed from the Port of Bristol aboard the ship named the ‘Lyon’ on the 1st of December 1630, arriving on the 5th of February 1631 at Nantasket near Boston. He fathered a son by his wife Elisabeth, a son, Thomas Harris, born in California in 1640. Philip Andrew Jackson Harris of, South Carolina (who moved later to Gwinnett County, Georgia) was married to Harriet Ann Orr, a direct descendant of Colonel Richard Le… Coat of arms: Sable three cre…
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