When Martin Lenoy Harris was born on 8 December 1912, in Alabama, United States, his father, Preston Grover Harris, was 25 and his mother, Jessie E. Dearman, was 23. He married Alta Christine Wright on 19 December 1930, in Cuba, Sumter, Alabama, United States. He lived in Beat 5, Lauderdale, Mississippi, United States for about 20 years and Richland, Union, South Dakota, United States in 1956. He died on 29 October 1956, in Richland, Benton, Washington, United States, at the age of 43, and was buried in Kewanee, Lauderdale, Mississippi, 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.