When Mary Elizabeth Harris was born on 6 March 1852, in Stockholm, St. Lawrence, New York, United States, her father, William L. Harris, was 29 and her mother, Abigail Harris, was 32. She married Mason Sherman Allen on 19 June 1871, in Weyauwega, Waupaca, Wisconsin, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 2 daughters. She lived in Carbonate, Lawrence, South Dakota, United States in 1900 and Custer, South Dakota, United States in 1910. She died on 17 September 1931, in Lostine, Wallowa, Oregon, United States, at the age of 79, and was buried in Wallowa, Wallowa, Oregon, United States.
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.