William Harris

Brief Life History of William

William Harris was born in 1701, in High Littleton, Somerset, England, United Kingdom as the son of George Harris and Martha Harris. He had at least 2 sons and 2 daughters with Millior Gilbert.

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Family Time Line

William Harris
1701–
Millior Gilbert
1709–1742
William Harris
1730–
Betty Harris
1735–1739
Martha Harris
1732–
John Harris
1739–1784

Sources (4)

  • William Harris, "England, Somerset, Church Records, 1501-1999"
  • William Harris in entry for William Harris, "England, Somerset, Church Records, 1501-1999"
  • William Harris in entry for Martha Harris, "England, Somerset, Church Records, 1501-1999"

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World Events (2)

1801 · The Act of Union

The Act of Union was a legislative agreement which united England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland under the name of the United Kingdom on January 1, 1801.

1815

The defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte at Waterloo marks the end of the Napoleonic Wars. Napoleon defeated and exiled to St. Helena.

Name Meaning

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.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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