When John Alexander Harris was born on 26 February 1869, in Sullivan, Missouri, United States, his father, Charles Martin Harris, was 38 and his mother, Mary Josephine Harman, was 21. He married Sarah Elisabeth Browning in 1886, in Sullivan, Missouri, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in Marion Township, Mercer, Missouri, United States in 1920 and Grand River Township, Wayne, Iowa, United States in 1930. He died on 22 February 1968, in Brookfield, Linn, Missouri, United States, at the age of 98.
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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