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is a common patronymic
A patronym, or patronymic, is a component of a personal name based on the name of one's father, grandfather or an even earlier male ancestor. A component of a name based on the name of one's mother or a female ancestor is a matronymic. Each is a means of conveying lineage.In many areas patronyms...
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origin. It may also be spelled Harrisson
. Harrison means "son of Harry". Early records suggest that the surnames Harrison and Harris
Harris is a family name of British origins, and has many different spellings, none of which are the definitive, or 'correct', spelling. These spellings are largely regional which, when combined with the fact that most families only learned to spell in the 19th century, has led to different...
were used interchangeably by some families. It is likely that to this day there are some Harrisons and Harrises that are related. Surname DNA projects exist for both Harrison and Harris Harrison is the 37th-most common surname in the United Kingdom.
Harrison is also a popular masculine given name
A given name, in Western contexts often referred to as a first name, is a personal name that specifies and differentiates between members of a group of individuals, especially in a family, all of whose members usually share the same family name...
derived from the surname, of fairly recent origin.
As a name, Harrison may refer to:
- Alvin Harrison
Alvin Harrison is an American athlete. He won a gold medal in the 4 x 400 metres relay at both the 1996 and 2000 Summer Olympics and a silver medal in the 400 metres at the 2000 Summer Olympics. He is the twin brother of fellow Olympic medalist Calvin Harrison...
(born 1974), American athlete
- Anna Harrison
Anna Tuthill Symmes Harrison , wife of President William Henry Harrison and grandmother of President Benjamin Harrison, was nominally First Lady of the United States during her husband's one-month term in 1841, but she never entered the White House.-Early Life and Marriage:Anna was born at her...
(1775–1864), wife of U.S. President William Henry Harrison
- Arthur Leyland Harrison
Lieutenant-Commander Arthur Leyland Harrison VC was an English Royal Navy officer, and World War I recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.Harrison was born in Torquay,...
(1886–1918), British naval officer
- Ashley Harrison
Ashley Harrison is an Australian professional rugby league footballer for the Gold Coast Titans of the NRL...
(born 1981), Australian rugby league player
- Audley Harrison
Audley Harrison is a British professional boxer from Harlesden, England who fights in the heavyweight division. At the 2000 Olympics in Sydney he became the first British fighter to win an Olympic gold medal in the superheavyweight division. He stands and usually weighs around .Harrison turned...
(born 1971), British boxer
- Benjamin Harrison
Benjamin Harrison was the 23rd President of the United States . Harrison, a grandson of President William Henry Harrison, was born in North Bend, Ohio, and moved to Indianapolis, Indiana at age 21, eventually becoming a prominent politician there...
(1833–1901), American politician and U.S. President
- Benjamin Harrison V
Benjamin Harrison V was an American planter and revolutionary leader from Charles City County, Virginia. He earned his higher education at the College of William and Mary, and he was perhaps the first figure in the Harrison family to gain national attention...
(1726–1791), American planter and revolutionary
- Bret Harrison
Bret Michael Harrison is an American actor and singer known predominantly for his work on comedies such as The Loop, Grounded for Life, Reaper and Breaking In.-Early life:Harrison was born in Tualatin, Oregon...
(born 1982), American actor
- Caroline Harrison
Caroline Lavinia Scott Harrison , wife of Benjamin Harrison, was first lady of the United States from 1889 until her death. She was the first “first lady” to be born in October.-Early life:...
(1832–1892), wife of U.S. President Benjamin Harrison
- Charles Custis Harrison (1844–1929), American university provost
- Chris Harrison (footballer) (born 1956), played for Plymouth Argyle
- Chris Harrison
Christopher Bryan "Chris" Harrison is an American television host, perhaps best known for his role as host of the ABC reality television dating show The Bachelor since 2002 and its spin-offs The Bachelorette since 2003 and Bachelor Pad in 2010...
(born 1971), American television host
- Colin Harrison (ornithologist)
Colin James Oliver Harrison was an English ornithologist.Harrison was born in London, UK. He got a scholarship to grammar school, and then worked as a librarian and a teacher. He had been interested in birds since childhood, and joined an expedition to study autumn migration in Norway...
(1926–2003), British ornithologist
- Cyril Harrison
Cyril Stanley Harrison was an English cricketer: a left-handed batsman and slow left arm bowler who made 17 first-class appearances for Worcestershire in 1934 and 1935....
(1915–1998), English cricketer
- David Harrison (basketball)
David Joshua Harrison is an American professional basketball player. A former NBA player, he was a member of the Beijing Ducks for the 2008-09 season and played with the Guangdong Southern Tigers for the next two years. He is now a member of Tianjin Ronggang. At Brentwood Academy, Harrison...
(born 1982), American basketball player
- David Howard Harrison
David Howard Harrison was a politician, farmer and physician. He was born in the township of London, Canada West, and moved to Manitoba in 1882. He and his family soon established themselves as substantial landowners....
(1843–1905), Canadian politician
- Dhani Harrison
Dhani Harrison is an English musician and the son of George Harrison of The Beatles and Olivia Harrison. Harrison debuted as a professional musician when completing his father's final album Brainwashed after George Harrison's death in November 2001...
(born 1978), English musician
- Edward Harrison (chemist)
Lt-Col Edward Frank Harrison C.M.G. was a British chemical scientist, credited with the invention of the first serviceable gas mask during World War I....
(1869–1918), chemist and inventor of World War I gas mask
- Elizabeth Harrison (writer)
Elizabeth Harrison was a British writer of romance novels from 1965 to 1995, she specialized in medical romances, because she was a medical secretary....
, British writer
- Ellis Harrison
Ellis Harrison is a Welsh association footballer from Newport who plays as a striker for Bristol Rovers.He made his senior debut for The Pirates on 16 April 2011 in a 1–0 defeat to Southampton at St Mary's Stadium, when he came on as a 75th-minute substitute for Jo Kuffour...
, English footballer
- Fairfax Harrison
Fairfax Harrison was an American lawyer, businessman, and writer. The son of the secretary to the Confederate President Jefferson Davis, Harrison studied law at Yale University and Columbia University before becoming a lawyer for the Southern Railway Company in 1896...
(1869–1938) American railroad executive and writer
- Francis Burton Harrison
Francis Burton Harrison was an American statesman who served in the United States House of Representatives and appointed Governor-General of the Philippines by President of the United States Woodrow Wilson...
(1873–1957), American politician
- Gavin Harrison
Gavin Harrison is a British drummer and percussionist. He is best known for playing with the British progressive rock band Porcupine Tree which he joined in 2002. As of 2008, he also plays with the band King Crimson....
, British drummer
- George Harrison
George Harrison, MBE was an English musician, guitarist, singer-songwriter, actor and film producer who achieved international fame as lead guitarist of The Beatles. Often referred to as "the quiet Beatle", Harrison became over time an admirer of Indian mysticism, and introduced it to the other...
(1943–2001), English musician
- Gregory Harrison
Gregory Neale Harrison is an American actor. He is probably best known for his role as Chandler in the 1987 cult favorite North Shore and as Trapper John MacIntyre's young surgeon, Dr. George Alonzo 'Gonzo' Gates, on the CBS series Trapper John, M.D....
(born 1950), American actor
- Harry Harrison
Harry Harrison is an American science fiction author best known for his character the Stainless Steel Rat and the novel Make Room! Make Room! , the basis for the film Soylent Green...
(born 1925), American author
- Henry Baldwin Harrison
Henry Baldwin Harrison was a Republican politician and the 52nd Governor of Connecticut.Harrison was born in New Haven, Connecticut. He graduated from Yale College in 1846, where he was a member of Skull and Bones, and studied at Yale Law School. He was a member of Connecticut Sons of the American...
(1821–1901), American politician
- H. C. A. Harrison (1836–1929), Australian football pioneer
- Henry Thomas Harrison
Henry Thomas Harrison , known to most simply as "Harrison", was a spy for Confederate Lt. Gen. James Longstreet during the American Civil War. He is most well known for the information he gave Longstreet and Gen. Robert E...
(1832–1923), American spy
- Hubert Harrison
Hubert Henry Harrison was a West Indian-American writer, orator, educator, critic, and radical socialist political activist based in Harlem, New York. He was described by activist A. Philip Randolph as “the father of Harlem radicalism” and by the historian Joel Augustus Rogers as “the foremost...
(1883–1927), American writer and activist
- James Harrison (disambiguation), multiple people
- Jane Ellen Harrison
Jane Ellen Harrison was a British classical scholar, linguist and feminist. Harrison is one of the founders, with Karl Kerenyi and Walter Burkert, of modern studies in Greek mythology. She applied 19th century archaeological discoveries to the interpretation of Greek religion in ways that have...
(1850–1928), British classical scholar
- Jenilee Harrison
Jenilee Harrison is an American actress possibly best known for her role as replacement blonde roommate Cindy Snow on the hit sitcom Three's Company from 1980–1982 and Jamie Ewing in Dallas from 1984–1986.- Early years :...
(born 1959), American actress
- Jerry Harrison
Jerry Harrison is an American songwriter, musician and producer...
(born 1949), American musician
- Joe Harrison (Louisiana politician)
Joseph Arthur Harrison, known as Joe Harrison is a financial planner from Napoleonville, Louisiana, who is a Republican member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from District 51 in Assumption, Lafourche, St...
(born ca. 1952), American politician
- John Harrison (disambiguation)
John Harrison may refer to:*John Harrison , 17th century*John Harrison , clockmaker who designed and built the world's first successful marine chronometers...
, multiple people
- Kenny Harrison (born 1965), American track and field athlete
- Kevin Harrison
Kevin Alexander Harrison was an American football linebacker for the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League. He was originally signed by the Cleveland Browns as an undrafted free agent in 2005...
(born 1981), American football player
- Linda Harrison (disambiguation), multiple people
- Lou Harrison
Lou Silver Harrison was an American composer. He was a student of Henry Cowell, Arnold Schoenberg, and K. P. H. Notoprojo Lou Silver Harrison (May 14, 1917 – February 2, 2003) was an American composer. He was a student of Henry Cowell, Arnold Schoenberg, and K. P. H. Notoprojo Lou Silver Harrison...
(1917–2003), American composer
- Marvin Harrison
Marvin Daniel Harrison is a former American football wide receiver for the Indianapolis Colts. He was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the first round of the 1996 NFL Draft. He played college football at Syracuse...
(born 1972), American football player
- Mary Dimmick Harrison
Mary Dimmick Harrison was the second wife of the 23rd United States president Benjamin Harrison. She was 25 years younger than Harrison, and was the niece of his first wife.- Biography :...
(1858–1948), wife of U.S. President Benjamin Harrison
- M. John Harrison
M. John Harrison , known as Mike Harrison, is an English author and critic. His work includes the Viriconium sequence of novels and short stories, , Climbers , and the Kefahuchi Tract series which begins with Light . He currently resides in London.-Early years:Harrison was born in Rugby,...
(born 1945), British writer
- Nigel Harrison
Nigel Harrison is an English musician, and best known as the bass player of the rock band Blondie....
(born 1951), British guitarist
- Pat Harrison
Byron Patton "Pat" Harrison was a Mississippi politician who served as a Democrat in the United States House of Representatives from 1911 to 1919 and in the United States Senate from 1919 until his death....
(1881–1941), American politician
- Peter Harryson
John Peter Kaj Harryson is a Swedish actor, singer and entertainer from Norrköping, Östergötland. He is the son of actor John Harryson ....
(born 1948), Swedish actor
- Randy Harrison
Randolph Clarke Harrison is an American actor best known for his portrayal of Justin Taylor on the Showtime drama Queer as Folk.-Early life and college:...
(born 1977), American actor
- Rex Harrison
Sir Reginald Carey “Rex” Harrison was an English actor of stage and screen. Harrison won an Academy Award and two Tony Awards.-Youth and stage career:...
(1908–1990), British actor
- Richard Harrison (disambiguation), multiple people
- Rodney Harrison
Rodney Scott Harrison is a retired professional football player of the National Football League. Harrison played safety for the San Diego Chargers and New England Patriots...
(born 1972), American football player
- Ross Granville Harrison
Ross Granville Harrison was an American biologist and anatomist credited as the first to work successfully with artificial tissue culture....
(1870–1959), American biologist
- Russell Benjamin Harrison
Russell Benjamin Harrison , also known as Russell Lord Harrison, was the son of United States President Benjamin Harrison and Caroline Harrison.-Life:...
(1854–1936), American lawyer and politician
- Scott Harrison (boxer) (born 1977), Scottish boxer
- Steve Harrison (disambiguation)
Steve Harrison may refer to:* Steve Harrison , Democratic candidate in New York* Steve Harrison , English football player* Steven Harrison, author...
, multiple people
- Thomas Harrison (soldier) (1610–1660), English politician
- Thomas Harrison (architect)
Thomas Harrison was an English architect and engineer. He built a number of bridges, including Grosvenor Bridge in Chester. He also rebuilt parts of Chester and Lancaster castles...
(1744–1829), English architect
- Tom Harrisson
Major Tom Harnett Harrisson DSO OBE was a British polymath. In the course of his life he was an ornithologist, explorer, journalist, broadcaster, soldier, guerrilla, ethnologist, museum curator, archaeologist, documentarian, film-maker, conservationist, and writer...
(1911–1976), British anthropologist and writer
- Wallace Harrison
Wallace Kirkman Harrison , was an American architect.-Career:Harrison started his professional career with the firm of Corbett, Harrison & MacMurray, participating in the construction of Rockefeller Center...
(1895–1981), American architect
- Wayne Harrison
Wayne Harrison was a child and teenage star performing on stage and television, including performing in J.C. Williamsons' musicals...
(born 1953), Australian theatre director
- Wayne Harrison (footballer)
Wayne Moffat Harrison is an English former professional association football player. He played for a number of teams in the Football League throughout his career, making almost 100 league appearances...
(born 1957), English football player
- Wilbert Harrison
Wilbert Harrison was an American rhythm and blues singer, pianist, guitarist and harmonica player.Born in Charlotte, North Carolina, United States, Harrison had a Billboard #1 record in 1959 with the song "Kansas City". The song was written in 1952 and was one of the first credited collaborations...
(1929–1994), American singer
- William Harrison (disambiguation), multiple people
- Harrison Afful
Harrison Afful is a Ghanaian professional footballer, who currently plays as a defender for Tunisian Ligue Professionnelle 1 club Espérance Sportive de Tunis in Tunisia, and the Ghana national team.- Career :...
(born 1986), Ghanaian football player
- Harrison Birtwistle
Sir Harrison Paul Birtwistle CH is a British contemporary composer.-Life:Birtwistle was born in Accrington, a mill town in Lancashire some 20 miles north of Manchester. His interest in music was encouraged by his mother, who bought him a clarinet when he was seven, and arranged for him to have...
(born 1934), British composer
- Harrison Cady
Walter Harrison Cady was an American illustrator best known for his Peter Rabbit comic strip which he wrote and drew for 28 years....
(1877–1970), American illustrator
- Harrison Gray Dyar
-Early life:Dyar grew up in Concord, Massachusetts. As a young man he initially made a living as an apprentice watchmaker, working for the Concord clockmaker Lemuel Curtis from 1818 to 1825. For many years he lived in Paris where he made a good living as a chemist. In 1858 he returned to America...
(1805–1875), American inventor
- Harrison Dillard
William Harrison Dillard is an American track and field athlete, only the second male so far to win Olympic titles in both sprinting and hurdling events. Dillard was born in Cleveland, Ohio, attended East Technical High School...
(born 1923), American athlete
- Harrison Ford
Harrison Ford is an American film actor and producer. He is famous for his performances as Han Solo in the original Star Wars trilogy and as the title character of the Indiana Jones film series. Ford is also known for his roles as Rick Deckard in Blade Runner, John Book in Witness and Jack Ryan in...
(born 1942), American actor
- Harrison Gray Otis (publisher) (1837–1917), American publisher
- Harry Libbey
Harrison 'Harry' Libbey was a U.S. Representative from Virginia.Born in Wakefield, New Hampshire, Libbey attended the common schools.He moved to Virginia and settled in Hampton in 1863....
(Harrison Libbey, 1843–1913), U.S. Representative from Virginia, 1883–1887
- Harrison Marks
George Harrison Marks was a British glamour photographer and director of nudist, and later, pornographic films who was active in the fields for several decades.-Kamera and Pamela Green:...
(1926–1997), British photographer
- Harrison McCain
Harrison McCain, CC, ONB was a Canadian businessman, co-founder of McCain Foods Limited.Born in Florenceville, New Brunswick, he was the co-founder, along with his brothers Andrew, Robert and Wallace, of McCain Foods. Harrison was the 4th son and Wallace the 5th son of the family. Their father was...
(1927–2004), Canadian businessman
- Harrison Page
Harrison Page is an American television and film actor who has appeared in many popular shows, including Cold Case, JAG, ER, Ally McBeal, Melrose Place, Quantum Leap, The Wonder Years, 21 Jump Street, Murder She Wrote, Fame, Gimme a Break!, Benson, Hill Street Blues, Webster, The Dukes of Hazzard,...
(born 1941), American actor
- Harrison Reed (politician) (1813–1899), American politician
- Harrison Reed (ice hockey)
Harrison Reed is a Canadian professional ice hockey right winger currently playing with the Toledo Walleye of the ECHL.-Playing career:...
(born 1988), Canadian ice hockey player
- Harrison Salisbury
Harrison Evans Salisbury , an American Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist , was the first regular New York Times correspondent in Moscow after World War II. He was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota...
(1908–1993), American journalist
- Harrison Schmitt
Harrison Hagan "Jack" Schmitt is an American geologist, a retired NASA astronaut, university professor, and a former U.S. senator from New Mexico....
(born 1935), American astronaut and politician
- Harrison Storms
Harrison Allen Storms Jr. , nicknamed Stormy, was an American aeronautical engineer best known for his role in managing the design and construction of the command module for the Apollo program.-Early life and career:...
(1916–1992), American aeronautical engineer
- Harrison White
Harrison Colyar White is the emeritus Giddings Professor of Sociology at Columbia University. White is an influential scholar in the domain of social networks. He is credited with the development of a number of mathematical models of social structure including vacancy chains and blockmodels...
(born 1930), American sociologist
- Harrison Young
Harrison Richard Young was an American film and television actor. He is perhaps most recognized for his role as the elderly Private James Ryan in Steven Spielberg's 1998 war epic Saving Private Ryan...
(1930–2005), American actor
- Robert Harrison Blake
Robert Harrison Blake is a fictional character in the Cthulhu Mythos. The character is the creation of H. P. Lovecraft and appears in his short story "The Haunter of the Dark" .-Summary:...
, fictional character in the stories of H.P. Lovecraft
- B. J. Harrison
B.J. Harrison is a fictional character from the film The Godfather Part III. He is portrayed by actor George Hamilton.B.J. Harrison was the Corleone crime family's legal and financial adviser, who took over the role from Tom Hagen in the 1970s...
, fictional character in the 1990 film The Godfather Part III
- Jude Harrison, fictional character in the television series Instant Star
- Steve Harrison (Robert E. Howard)
-Stories:*The Black Moon*Fangs of Gold: First published in Strange Detective Stories, February 1934. Alternate title: People of the Serpent. Original text at Wikisource*Graveyard Rats: First published in Thrilling Mystery, February 1936...
, fictional detective created by Robert E. Howard
- Tony Harrison, fictional shaman in the television series The Mighty Boosh
- Harrison John, fictional character in the television series Popular
- Francis Harison
-Life:He was the son of Rev. William Harison, Rector of Cheriton, England. He came to New York about 1710.On October 5, 1721, Harison was appointed Judge of Admiralty for New York, Connecticut and the Jerseys, in place of Caleb Heathcote, deceased. Harison was Recorder of New York City from 1725 to...
(d. 1740), colonial New York lawyer
- Richard Harison
Richard Harison was an American lawyer and Federalist politician from New York.-Life:...
(1748–1829), New York lawyer