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Harry Family History

Harry Name Meaning

English (mainly south Wales and southwestern England): from the medieval personal name Harry a common form of Henry with assimilation of -nr- to -rr- and regular Middle English change of -er- to -ar-. In south Wales the surname is generally a post-medieval coinage in most cases not hereditary until the 18th or 19th century. French: from the ancient Germanic personal name Hariric composed of the elements hari heri ‘army’ + rīc ‘power(ful)’. Native American (e.g. Navajo): adoption of the English personal name Harry (see 1 above) as a surname.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Barry, Hardy, Hurry, Merry, Harty, Harr, Harke, Berry, Terry, Larry

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Where is the Harry family from?

You can see how Harry families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Harry family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Harry families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1891 there were 680 Harry families living in Glamorgan. This was about 19% of all the recorded Harry's in United Kingdom. Glamorgan had the highest population of Harry families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Harry surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Harry ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Harry. 9% of Harry men worked as a General Labourer and 68% of Harry women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Harry were Farm Labourer and Private Means. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • General Labourer
    9%
  • Incapacitated
    5%
  • Farmer
    5%
  • Farm Labourer
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    68%
  • Domestic Duties
    3%
  • Housewife
    3%
  • Private Means
    2%
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Census Records

There are 135,000 census records available for the last name Harry. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Harry census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 21,000 immigration records available for the last name Harry. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Australia, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 26,000 military records available for the last name Harry. For the veterans among your Harry ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Harry lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Harry life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Harry in 1943 was 18, and 71 in 2004.

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