Harris family page
Mrs Harris photographed by Henry Mullins
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Origins of surname
This is a common English surname recorded in many spellings, including Harry, Harrie, Harrhy, Harris, Harries, and Harriss. All derive from the personal name Harry, itself a nickname form of Henry. Henry, which originates from the Frankish name "Henn-ric", meaning "home-rule", was first introduced into Britain at the Norman Conquest of England, in 1066, and is recorded in the Domesday Book in 1086.
Harris first appears in Jersey baptism records in 1710 and 1713 with the children of Edouard and Marie Kitchin, and then in 1717 and 1720 with the children of Charles, a newcomer from England, and Elizabeth Le Feuvre. However, these early lines appear to have died out and the next baptism on record is in St Brelade in 1796, when Harriet, daughter of John and Sara, was baptised.
A number of Harris men appear to have come to the island with their families, or married in Jersey and started families with local girls, during the peak immigration years of the first half of the 19th century. We have been able to identify five separate family trees from this period.
- Descendants of William Harris
- Descendants of John Harris
- Descendants of Charles Harris
- Descendants of John George Harris
- Descendants of William Harris and Ann Flux
Great War service
These wills created by members of the Harris family are now held by Jersey Archive. By visiting the archive site and using the names, dates and reference numbers shown here, it is possible to view a copy of each will. You will have to subscribe to the Archive's online service to do this. To find out more about this collection, which covers the period from 1663 to 1980, and how to search for your family's wills there, visit our Jersey wills page
- Abner Harris, Franche Villa, Grouville - 19 January 1932, D/Y/A/92
- Andrew Harris - 22 November 1944, D/Y/A/113
- Francis Harris, 21 Don Street, St Helier, retired Lieutenant, Indian Army - 25 January 1933, D/Y/A/94
- Francis Joseph Harris, 24½ Great Union Road, St Helier - 15 January 1939, D/Y/B1/25/7
- George Harris, Oakhurst, Grouville, bequeaths to Winifred Maude Godfray Clayfield, St Peter - 30 September 1927, D/Y/A/87
- Henry Harris of Woodbrook Cottage, Town Mills, St Saviour - 30 May 1948, D/Y/A/119
- Jospeh Harris of 3, Museum Street - 28 January 1874, D/Y/A/37
- Laura Harris née Gallichan, Sussex Lodge, St Martin - 15 August 1947, D/Y/A/118
- Nicholas Harris, Glenlee, St Marks Road, St Helier - 22 October 1935, D/Y/A/98
- Philippe Harris, Havre des Pas, St Helier desires to be buried in St Clement's cemetery - 21 April 1909, D/Y/A/68
- Rowena Harris, St Helier, widow of George Clements desires to be buried in Almorah Cemetery - 6 April 1916, D/Y/A/75
- Thomas Harris of St Helier, Cabinet Maker and Upholsterer , bequeaths to Mrs Howell all his furniture in Clarendon House, 12 Clarendon Road, St Helier, currently occupied by Colonel Draper - 16 December 1864, D/Y/A/32
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The grave of Great War casualty Wilfred Ernest Harris at Heninel Communal Cemetery, near Arras