When Janey Olive Harris was born on 21 March 1897, in Iuka, Tyler, West Virginia, United States, her father, William Sanderson Harris, was 31 and her mother, Mary Minerva Snider, was 30. She married Bert Dewey Peters in 1919, in Wetzel, West Virginia, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 daughters. She lived in Grant District, Wetzel, West Virginia, United States in 1920 and Wellsburg District, Brooke, West Virginia, United States in 1940. She died on 30 November 1972, in Wellsburg, Brooke, West Virginia, United States, at the age of 75.
English (southern England and south Wales): from the personal name Harry + genitival -s. This surname is also established in Ireland, taken there principally during the Plantation of Ulster. However, in some cases, particularly in families coming from County Mayo, Harris can be an Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hEarchadha. This surname is also very common among African Americans.
American shortened and altered form of Greek surnames begining with Cha(r)-, such as Chasandrinos (variant of Kassandrinos, a habitational name from the Kassandra peninsula of Chalkidiki), and various patronymics from the personal name Charalampos (see Charos ). In North America, the surname Harris may possibly also originate from a transferred use of the Greek personal (given) name Charis or Harris (shortened forms of Charalampos) as a surname (i.e. as a replacement of the original surname).
Americanized form of various like-sounding Jewish surnames.
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