Explore the Family Name Harrison

The meaning of Harrison

English (northern): from the Middle English personal name Harry or Herry + -son. These were the common pronunciations of Henry (see Harry). History: Harrison is an extremely common surname in northern England. One important and influential American family of bearers are descended from Benjamin Harrison, who emigrated from England to VA in 1633 or 1634. Descendants include another Benjamin Harrison (c.1726–91), who was an activist in the American Revolution and a signer of the Declaration of Independence. His son William Henry Harrison (1773–1841) and great-grandson Benjamin Harrison (1833–1901) both became presidents of the US.

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How common is the last name Harrison in the United States?

Based on the Decennial U.S. Census data, the popularity of the surname Harrison has seen a slight decrease from 2000 to 2010. In 2000, Harrison was the 128th most popular surname in the United States, but by 2010, it had dropped to being the 141st most common. Even though its rank decreased by 10.16%, the actual count of people bearing the name increased by 3.14% from 175,577 to 181,091. However, when looking at the proportion per 100,000 individuals, there was a decrease of 5.68%.

20002010Change
Rank#128#141-10.16%
Count175,577181,0913.14%
Proportion per 100k65.0961.39-5.68%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Harrison

In terms of ethnicity, the same census data reveals some shifts in the ethnic identity associated with the surname Harrison between 2000 and 2010. The largest increase was seen within the Hispanic demographic, which saw a 51.69% rise. Meanwhile, those identifying as Asian/Pacific Islander or belonging to two or more races also saw increases of 23.81% and 34.32%, respectively. The proportion of Harrisons identifying as Black or American Indian and Alaskan Native increased slightly. On the other hand, those identifying as White showed a decrease of 3.3%.

20002010Change
White71%68.66%-3.3%
Black23.76%24.45%2.9%
Hispanic1.78%2.7%51.69%
Two or More Races1.69%2.27%34.32%
American Indian and Alaskan Native1.35%1.39%2.96%
Asian/Pacific Islander0.42%0.52%23.81%

Harrison ancestry composition

23andMe computes an ancestry breakdown for each customer. People may have ancestry from just one population or they may have ancestry from several populations. The most commonly-observed ancestry found in people with the surname Harrison is British & Irish, which comprises 55.4% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are French & German (19.9%) and Eastern European (3.6%). Additional ancestries include Nigerian, Scandinavian, Ashkenazi Jewish, Italian, and Spanish & Portuguese.

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ANCESTRY BREAKDOWNCOMPOSITION
British & Irish55.4%
French & German19.9%
Eastern European3.6%
Other21.1%
Harrison

Possible origins of the surname Harrison

Your DNA provides clues about where your recent ancestors may have lived. Having many distant relatives in the same location suggests that you may all share common ancestry there. Locations with many distant relatives can also be places where people have migrated recently, such as large cities. If a large number of individuals who share your surname have distant relatives in a specific area, it could indicate a connection between your surname and that location, stemming from either recent ancestral ties or migration.

Based on 23andMe data, people with last name Harrison have recent ancestry locations all within United Kingdom.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom84.00%
Greater London, United Kingdom84.00%
Merseyside, United Kingdom83.80%
Glasgow City, United Kingdom83.70%
West Midlands, United Kingdom83.40%

What Harrison haplogroups can tell you

Haplogroups are genetic population groups that share a common ancestor on either your paternal or maternal line. These paternal and maternal haplogroups shed light on your genetic ancestry and help tell the story of your family.

The top paternal haplogroup of people with the surname Harrison is R-P311, which is predominantly found among people with European ancestry. Haplogroup R-P311 is descended from haplogroup R-M343. Other common haplogroups include R-CTS241 and I-Z58, which are predominantly found among people with European and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Brown, Davis, Smith, Wright, Clark, Wilson, Morris, Thompson, Hall, West.

The most common maternal haplogroups of people with Harrison surname are: T2b, H, H1. These most commonly trace back to individuals of European ancestry.

harrisonPaternal Haplogroup Origins R-M343

Your maternal lineage may be linked to Marie Antoinette

Because it is so dominant in the general European population, haplogroup H also appears quite frequently in the continent's royal houses. Marie Antoinette, an Austrian Hapsburg who married into the French royal family, inherited the haplogroup from her maternal ancestors. So did Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, whose recorded genealogy traces his female line to Bavaria. Scientists also discovered that famed 16th century astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus traced his maternal lineages to haplogroup H.

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What do people with the surname Harrison have in common?

Spoiler alert: it's complicated. People with the same last name are usually no more genetically similar than a randomly sampled group of people from the same population. That said, people with the same surname are more likely to have similar ancestries than randomly sampled individuals. The reason is the tendency of people with similar cultural or geographical backgrounds to preferentially mate with one another. That's why people who share a surname may be more likely to share traits and tendencies in common than people within the general population. Check out the percentages below to see the prevalences of tastes, habits, and traits of people with your surname compared with prevalences among 23andMe users.

Preferences

Harrison

Chocolate Ice Cream

Prefers chocolate flavored ice cream over other flavors.

"Harrison" Surname 41.0%

23andMe Users 41.3%

Traits

Harrison

Misophonia

When sounds made by others, like the sound of chewing or yawning, provoke strong emotional reactions in an individual.

"Harrison" Surname 27.7%

23andMe Users 27.9%

Habits

Harrison

Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Harrison" Surname 23.0%

23andMe Users 21.1%

Wellness

Harrison

Migraine

A severe headache characterized by intense pain, sensitivity to light and sound, and often accompanied by nausea and vomiting.

"Harrison" Surname 17.8%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Harrison?

The short answer is that, if there is an association between surname and health, it's usually more about your ancestry than your name. Individuals with a given surname are no more genetically similar than the general population but often have similar ancestries. The populations of people associated with those shared ancestries often have sets of genetic variations, also known as alleles, in common. Some of those alleles are associated with a greater likelihood of developing certain diseases.

Disease variant frequency by ancestry

Disease allele frequencies in populations associated with the surname Harrison are shown below. Important Note: not everyone with a disease allele will develop these health condition

Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Y402H variant

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the most common cause of irreversible vision loss among older adults. The disease results in damage to the central part of the retina (the macula), impairing vision needed for reading, driving, or even recognizing faces. The 23andMe Health + Ancestry DNA test includes the two most common variants associated with an increased risk of developing the condition: the Y402H variant in the CFH gene and the A69S variant in the ARMS2 gene. Learn more about Age-Related Macular Degeneration

British & Irish 62.1%

23andMe Users 57.2%