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national harrison day – June 17, 2025

National Harrison Day is celebrated every year on June 17 to commemorate all the people who have this attractive name. Harrison is also a common surname in parts of England. This name translates to “son of Harry.” Harrison is also a popular name in North America, as seen with famous actor Harrison Ford and race car driver Harrison Burton. It’s one of the rarer boys’ names, with only about 18,587 Americans sharing it, most of the time as a surname. Other variations of Harrison are Harrisson, Harryson, and the less common Henrison. Let’s celebrate this name today!

History of national harrison day

National Harrison Day is celebrated every year on June 17. Many eminent personalities have been named Harrison. The name Harrison belongs to the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. After the Norman Conquest of 1066, when William the Conqueror won the Battle of Hastings, killing Harold, the last Saxon King of England, the personal name Henry arrived in England. Harrison is one of the top 40 names in the United Kingdom, indicating that it is a very popular boy’s name. This is a good option for parents who want something classic and timeless. Harrison is the name of one in every 594 baby boys and one in every 148,291 baby girls born in 2021.

The veteran actor, Harrison Ford, is undoubtedly the most famous Harrison of them all. Born on July 14, 1942, Ford is an accomplished performer who has starred in dozens of movies, with a career spanning decades. His mother was a radio actress and an advertising executive, while his father was a former actor. Ford’s upbringing was a markedly liberal one. As a child, he served in the Boy Scouts and worked as a camp counselor. After playing minor roles in movies and auditioning for roles he never landed, Ford got his first significant role as Han Solo in “Star Wars” (1977). Since then, he’s starred in dozens of films, including “Raiders of the Lost Ark” (1981), “Clear and Present Danger” (1994), and “What Lies Beneath” (2000).

British musician George Harrison, often referred to as “the Quiet Beatle,” was a singer, songwriter, and the lead guitarist of the iconic pop band, the Beatles. He was known for his deeply spiritual nature, embracing Indian culture and incorporating its influences into his music and lifestyle. Harrison led the group through their folk-rock phase and got his bandmates to embrace concepts such as transcendental meditation. When the band broke up, he released the album, “All Things Must Pass,” which was well received by critics and produced his most successful single, ‘My Sweet Lord.’ Harrison remained a prolific recording artist, releasing multiple albums and singles as a solo musician until his death from lung cancer in 2001.

national harrison day timeline

The Name Enters England

The name Harrison is introduced in England after the Battle of Hastings, in which King Harold is killed by William the Conqueror.

Inventing a New Sport

H.C.A Harrison comes up with Australian Football Rules.

An Engineering Marvel

Herbert C. Harrison develops the modern automobile radiator.

George Harrison’s Solo Journey

Harrison embarks on his solo music career after the break-up of the Beatles.

national harrison day FAQs

Is Harrison a first or last name?

Harrison can be used interchangeably as a surname or given name.

Is Harrison a unisex name?

It’s rare for girls to be named Harrison unless it’s a surname.

Is Hank short for Harrison?

Hank is short for Henry.

national harrison day Activities

  1. Listen to George Harrison

    Sit back and listen to the soulful tunes of Harrison’s. Whether it's the Beatles or his solo numbers, you’re sure to appreciate his influences and artistic genius. Connect to your spiritual side and delve into inner peace and calm.

  2. Watch movies all day

    Watch Harrison Ford flicks! With so many films under his belt and as a quite famous Harrison on the list, it's only fitting that you celebrate National Harrison Day with a Ford movie binge. You’ll be spoiled for choice.

  3. Host a costume party

    Host a costume party on the Harrison Ford theme. It can be a great idea to connect with friends! You can be Solo, and someone else can be Indiana Jones. Make it more interesting by having a charades night.

5 Facts About Harrisons

  1. Theater wasn’t his calling

    Harrison Ford initially wanted to be a philosopher before getting into acting.

  2. Chivalry isn’t dead

    George Harrison received an M.B.E. (Most Excellent Order of the British Empire), a British order of chivalry.

  3. It goes way back

    The name Harrison goes back to the 14th century when it became prevalent.

  4. It's in the blood

    Dhani Harrison, son of Harrison, followed in his father’s footsteps to become a musician.

  5. “The Black Socrates”

    Hubert Harrison, a West Indian-American writer and political activist, was so wise and well-spoken that he came to be known as “The Black Socrates.”

Why We Love national harrison day

  1. It works both ways

    Harrison works as a first name and a surname which makes it unique. With all its variations, this name is also a unisex name, which makes it even more special.

  2. It is rare

    Not many people bear the name Harrison nowadays. Take advantage of its rarity and value. This name has a certain charm and chivalry associated with it.

  3. It is good and strong

    Harrison is a strong-sounding name, and many talented artists carry this name. This name is classic and beautiful.

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