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Quick Facts on Harrison

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • English
  • Number of syllables:
  • 3
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 161
Simple meaning:
Son of the ruler of the home

Characteristics of Harrison

  • Communicative
  • Creative
  • Optimistic
  • Popular
  • Social
  • Dramatic
  • Happy

Etymology & Historical Origin - Harrison

Harrison is the transferred use of an English surname meaning ‘Son of Harry’. Harry is the pet form of Henry, a name that came to England by way of the French after the Norman Conquest (1066). The French Henri came from the Old German Haimric, from the elements “haim” (home) and “ric” (power). After arriving in England, the name Henry gave birth to several nicknames and pet forms such as Harry, Hal, Hann and Hankin. The first recorded spelling of the surname was Harriesone in the 14th century. It is also considered a distinguished surname and was borne by two U.S. presidents, William Harrison and his grandson Benjamin Harrison. These two men had a significant impact on the usage of Harrison as a male given name in America. For more information on both these presidents, see historical figures below.

Popularity of the Name Harrison

Harrison has been used as a given male name in America since the U.S. government began tracking naming trends in 1880. The forename Harrison probably dates back to at least 1841, the year our 9th U.S. President William Harrison was elected, or perhaps 1811 when he became a national hero following the Battle of Tippecanoe. Harrison was also a Top 100 choice for boys back in the 1880s when Benjamin Harrison was serving his presidency (Old Tippecanoe’s grandson). Like Jefferson and Jackson, Harrison was popularized as a first name thanks to these notable presidents. As the 20th century progressed, the name Harrison slowly declined in usage and almost fell off the charts altogether in 1977. Fortunately for the name, 1977 also brought the first of the Star Wars Trilogy installments starring the young Harrison Ford. In fact, this handsome actor would dominate the 1980s as the biggest box-office draw, so he helped put his charming name back on the map. Harrison would advance by almost 600 positions up the charts in that decade alone. The name was at its height of popularity in the late 1990s and recently has shown relatively modest signs of decline again. Harrison follows the ever-popular Last Names First trend in America, but it is also a modern alternative to Henry. Harrison can easily be shortened to the adorably old-fashioned Harry.
Popularity of the Boy Name Harrison
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Harrison

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Harrison

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Harrison

    Harrison We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Harrison.

  • Popular Songs on Harrison

    Popular Songs on Harrison

    Harrison - We cannot find any well-known or significantly popular songs featuring the name Harrison.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Harrison

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Harrison

    Harry the Dirty Dog (Gene Zion) - Harry was a white dog with black spots who liked everything, except getting a bath. Taking matters into his own paws, he buries his family's scrubbing brush in the backyard and runs away from home before they can wrangle him into the tub. Harry gets dirty playing in the street, dirtier at the railroad, and dirtier still playing tag with the other dogs. When sliding down the coal chute, he actually changes from a white dog with black spots to a black dog with white spots! Of course, by the time he gets home he is completely unrecognizable to his family--even when he does all his clever flip-flopping tricks. In a stroke of doggy genius, he unearths the bath brush, begs for a bath, and the rest is history. Recommended for ages 3 to 8.

    Mr. Harrison Is Embarrassin'! (Dan Gutman) - My Weirder School weirder than ever! Mr. Harrison, the tech guy at Ella Mentry School, can fix anything: computers, phones, pencil sharpeners. He can also build anything, like a solar-powered umbrella. What a nerd! But when the power goes out in the school, everyone is yelling and screaming and freaking out in the dark. Can Mr. Harrison save the day? Recommended for ages 9-12.

    William Henry Harrison, Young Tippecanoe (Howard S. Peckham) - Originally published in 1951, this biography of the childhood years of America’s ninth president, William Henry Harrison, details the boyhood adventures and character of young Tippecanoe prior to his assumption of the highest office. The story opens with young Harrison’s rousing rescue of sister Sally from drowning when he was just seven, followed soon after by an account of Harrison’s quick thinking as he saved his uncle from bleeding to death following an accident. The famous battle at Tippecanoe is also reviewed, as are many more events and actions that young history buffs will enjoy. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    William Henry Harrison: Ninth President 1841 (Mike Venezia) - Part of the “Getting to Know the Presidents” series, this one presents a biography of William Henry Harrison. Recommended for ages 4-8.

  • Famous People Named Harrison

    Famous People Named Harrison

    Famous People Named Harrison - Harrison Ford (actor); Harrison Dillard (Olympic athlete); Harrison Frazar (golfer); Harrison Page (actor); Harrison Schmitt (astronaut)

  • Children of Famous People Named Harrison

    Children of Famous People Named Harrison

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Harrison - Jack Wagner (actor); Warwick Davis (actor)

  • Historic Figures

    Harrison - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Benjamin Harrison (20 Aug 1833 – 13 Mar 1901) - Benjamin Harrison was the 23rd President of the United States. A Republican, he served between 1889 and 1893. He won the presidency through the electoral vote (Grover Cleveland had won the popular vote). Known as the "money president," Harrison is most remembered for enacting the McKinley Tariff which intended to protect the American worker and corporations by levying a high tax on foreign imports. This backfired, as consumer goods skyrocketed when foreign countries refused to export goods to the U.S. and American companies formed monopolies. The voters rebelled, and Harrison was a one-term president. A Civil War veteran himself, Harrison also instituted a Pension for vets that nearly bankrupted the country. Harrison was also the grandson of the 9th U.S. President, William Henry Harrison. While not considered one of the more distinguished Presidents, historians are taking a second look. Particularly at Benjamin Harrison's foreign policies and his fearlessness and activism in international affairs that ultimately would inspire Theodore Roosevelt.

    William Henry Harrison (9 Feb 1773 – 4 Apr 1841) - William Harrison was the 9th President of the United States, the last President to be born a British subject, the oldest President to be elected at age 68 (until Ronald Reagan), the President with the shortest term (one month) and the first to die in office. Elected in 1840, Harrison’s campaigned under the slogan “Tippecanoe & Tyler, too!” to remind Americans of his military prowess against American Indians in the Battle of Tippecanoe (1811). He is also noted for having the longest inaugural speech in history (over two hours!). Standing out in that east-coast cold January weather for so long at his inauguration ironically led to Harrison contracting pneumonia - he would die 32 days later. It was the first time in American history that Presidential Succession was put into force, and Vice President John Tyler would assume the office.

Personality of the Boy Name Harrison

The Three energy is powerful and enthusiastic. These personalities are cheerful, full of self-expression, and often quite emotional. They have an artistic flair and "gift-of-gab" that makes them natural entertainers. Their joyfulness bubbles over, and their infectious exuberance draws a crowd. The Three personality is like a child - forever young and full of delight. They are charming, witty, and generally happy people. The Three personality lives in the "now" and has a spontaneous nature. Threes seem to live with a bright and seemingly unbreakable aura that attracts others to them. In turn, they are deeply loyal and loving to their friends and family. Luck also has a tendency to favor number Threes.

Variations of the Baby Name - Harrison

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