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[har-is] /ˈhær ɪs/
Benjamin, c1660–c1720, English journalist who published the first newspaper in America 1690.
Frank, 1856–1931, U.S. writer, born in Ireland.
Joel Chandler
[chan-dler,, chahn-] /ˈtʃæn dlər,, ˈtʃɑn-/ (Show IPA),
1848–1908, U.S. journalist, novelist, and short-story writer: creator of Uncle Remus.
Julie, born 1925, U.S. actress.
Louis, born 1921, U.S. public-opinion pollster and columnist.
Mark, born 1922, U.S. novelist.
Roy, 1898–1979, U.S. composer.
Thaddeus William, 1795–1856, U.S. entomologist: pioneer in applied entomology.
Zellig Sabbatai [zel-ig sah-buh tahy,, sab-uh-] /ˈzɛl ɪg ˈsɑˌbətaɪ,, ˈsæb ə-/ (Show IPA), 1909–92, U.S. linguist, born in Ukraine.
a male given name. Unabridged
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  • Believed to be one of the first songs written by steve Harris.
British Dictionary definitions for Harris


the S part of the island of Lewis with Harris, in the Outer Hebrides. Pop: about 3000 (2001). Area: 500 sq km (190 sq miles)


Sir Arthur Travers, known as Bomber Harris. 1892–1984, British air marshal. He was commander-in-chief of Bomber Command of the RAF (1942–45)
Frank. 1856–1931, British writer and journalist; his books include his autobiography My Life and Loves (1923–27) and Contemporary Portraits (1915–30)
Joel Chandler. 1848–1908, US writer; creator of Uncle Remus
Roy. 1898–1979, US composer, esp of orchestral and choral music incorporating American folk tunes
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Word Origin and History for Harris

popular surname, attested from c.1400, from Harry, popular medieval pronunciation of Henry. As a type of tweed (1892), it is from the name of the southern section of the island of Lewis with Harris in the Outer Hebrides; originally it referred to fabric produced by the inhabitants there, later a proprietary name. That place name represents Gaelic na-h-earaidh "that which is higher," in comparison to the lower Lewis. Harrisburg, capital of Pennsylvania, is named for ferryman John Harris (1727-1791), son of the original European settler.

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Encyclopedia Article for Harris

largest and most northerly of Scotland's Outer Hebrides islands, lying 24 miles (39 km) from the west coast of the Scottish mainland and separated from it by the Minch channel. Although the island forms one continuous unit, it is usually referred to as two separate islands. The larger and more northerly portion is Lewis; Harris is in the south. Lewis is part of the historic county of Ross-shire in the historic region of Ross and Cromarty, while Harris belongs to the historic county of Inverness-shire. Both Lewis and Harris lie within the Western Isles council area.

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