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Origin & Meaning

The name Harriet is of French and German origin.

The meaning of Harriet is "ruler of the estate".  


In the U.S. in 2014, it ranked 1658  in baby name popularity for girls with 127 occurrences.    Less than 5 boys were given the name. 

View the Harriet Name Popularity Page to see how the popularity trend for Harriet has changed since 1880, or to compare the popularity of Harriet to other names.


The name Harriet is an Anglicized form of the French name Henriette. Henriette is a feminine form of Henri, the French form of Henry.

In Scotland the name has been used as an Anglicized form of the Gaelic name Oighrig.


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Harriet is a form of the name Henriette, Harry.

Variants of the name Harriet include Harrette, Harriett, Harrietta, Harriette.

Harriet has the diminutive (nickname) Hattie.

Other Tidbits

Some famous bearers of this name include: Harriet Beecher Stowe.

Name Fun

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Just for fun, see the name Harriet in Hieroglyphics, learn about ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics and write a Hieroglyphic message.

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French names have similar origins to those of other old-world European nations. They are often derivations of place names or trade names, or have their basis in history, mythology, religion or nature. They may also be created names.

The popularity of hyphenated names is a unique feature of French given names. For example Paul-Henri or Anne-Marie. A hyphenated name is considered a single unit first name, not separate first and middle names. Hyphenated names may be of the same or different genders. The first part of the name will always indicate the holder's gender.

Masculine names may be made feminine with the addition of -e, -ette, or -ine as suffixes.