When William Lester Harris was born on 19 August 1908, in El Dorado, Union, Arkansas, United States, his father, James Pleasant Harris, was 25 and his mother, Ida E. Pyles, was 20. He married Ola Frances Cary on 9 October 1926, in Columbia, Arkansas, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons. He lived in El Dorado Township, Union, Arkansas, United States for about 5 years. He died on 19 January 1995, in Union, Arkansas, United States, at the age of 86, and was buried in Harris Cemetery, El Dorado, Union, Arkansas, 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.