[ 3 syll. har-riet, ha-rri-et ] The baby girl name Harriet is pronounced as HHEY-R-iy-ahT †. Harriet is of Germanic origin and it is used mainly in English. The name is an Anglicized form of the French Henriette. It was first adopted by English speakers in the 17th century, and it was commonly used in the subsequent two centuries. It is also used as an Anglicized form of the Scottish Gaelic Oighrig. In literature, it has appeared as the name of the sweet girl Harriet Smith in Jane Austen's novel Emma (1816).
Harriet is a form of the English and German Henrietta in the English language.
Harriet is the feminine form of the English Harry.
Harriet is a widely used name; it has 56 forms that are used in English and foreign languages. English forms of the name include Etti, Ettie, Etty, Hallie, Hanrietta, Hanriette, Harietta, Hariette, Hariot, Hariott, Harrette, Harri, Harrieta, Harrietta, Harriotta, Harriotte, Harryet, Harryette, Haryett, Hat, Hatti, Heirierte, Heirrierte, Henrietta, Henriette (used in French as well), Hetta, Hetti, Hettie, Hetty, and Yetti. Other English forms include the diminutives Harrie, Harry, Hatsie, Hatsy, Hattie, and Hatty, and the spelling variants Hariet, Harriett, Harriette, Harriot, and Harriott.
Forms used in foreign languages include Arietta (Italian), Arriet (Scandinavian), Enrieta (Romanian), Enriqueta (Spanish), Enriquita (Spanish), Henia (Polish), Henka (Polish), Henrieta (Polish), Henriete (Latvian), Jindraska (Czech), Kika (Spanish), Kiki (Spanish), and Queta (Spanish).
Variant forms share the origin and meaning of the name Harriet.
Harriet is unusual as a baby girl name. Its usage peaked modestly in 1917 with 0.196% of baby girls being named Harriet. It had a ranking of #104 then. The baby name has markedly slipped in popularity since then, and is used only on an infrequent scale today. Among the family of girl names directly related to Harriet, Hallie was the most popular in 2018.
Baby names that sound like Harriet include Harriett, Haaritheh, Harata, Harita, Haritee, Harithe, Hariti, Harriette, Harriotte, Harryet, Harryette, Haryett, Harytee, Haryti, Harytie, Hariette, Harrietta, Haarithe, Harrette, and Hart.
† Pronunciation for Harriet: HH as in "he (HH.IY)" ; EY as in "ate (EY.T)" ; R as in "race (R.EY.S)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)" ; T as in "tee (T.IY)"
Details of famous persons named Harriet:
Actress Harriet Walter, born Harriet Mary Walter 24 September 1950, London, England.
Anti-slavery Activist Harriet Tubman, born Araminta Ross, Dorchester County, Maryland.
Author Harriet Beecher Stowe, born Harriet Elizabeth Beecher 14 June 1811 - 1 July 1896, Litchfield, Connecticut.
Author Harriet Martineau, born June 12, 1802 - June 27, 1876, Norwich, England.
Lawyer Harriet Miers, born 10 August 1945, Dallas, Texas.