When John Harris was born on 10 June 1733, in New London, New London, Connecticut, United States, his father, Henry Harris, was 26 and his mother, Mary Lester, was 29. He married Lydia Way on 16 January 1755, in New London, Connecticut, United States. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 2 daughters. He died on 8 February 1794, in his hometown, at the age of 60, and was buried in East Neck Cemetery, Waterford, New London, Connecticut, 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.