When Thomas Burgess Harris was born on 16 July 1830, in Robertson, Tennessee, United States, his father, Benjamin Buckner Harris, was 21 and his mother, Lucy Wilie, was 18. He married Sarah Ann Woodruff on 5 December 1853, in Robertson, Tennessee, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Haywood, Tennessee, United States in 1880 and District 14, Grainger, Tennessee, United States in 1880. He died on 13 December 1898, in Robertson, Tennessee, United States, at the age of 68, and was buried in Sandy Springs, Robertson, Tennessee, 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.