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Gender: F Meaning of Harriet: "estate ruler" Origin of Harriet: English variation of French Henriette

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Harriet has long been considered a stylish, upscale name in England, but is still waiting to be revived in the U.S. --though some parents seeking a solid, serious semi-classic are beginning to consider it.

Distinguished namesakes include Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of the influential Uncle Tom's Cabin, Harriet Tubman (born Araminta), the famed abolitionist, and in pop culture, Harriet Hilliard Nelson, of Ozzie & Harriet TV fame. Many will associate it with the protagonist of the childhood classic Harriet the Spy. She has appeared in other books ranging from Jane Austen's Emma to Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

Harriet, a Top 100 name at the turn of the last century, hasn't appeared on the list since 1970. On the other hand, it is currently Number 71 in England and Wales.

Cutifying nicknames for Harriet include Hattie, Hetty and Hatsy. A related idea: Henrietta.

Famous People Named Harriet

Harriet Beecher Stowe, American novelist
Harriet Nelson (born Peggy Louise Snyder), American singer and actress, wife of Ozzie Nelson
Harriet Tubman (born Araminta Ross), American abolitionist
Harriet Mary Walter, English actress
Harriet Ruth Harman, British Shadow Deputy Prime Minister
Harriet Martineau, English social theorist
Harriet Ellan Miers, 31st U.S. White House Counsel
Harriet Sansom Harris, American actress
Harriet Andersson, Swedish actress
Harriet Roberts, English dance pop singer
Harriet Sutherland-Leveson-Gower, Duchess of Sutherland (born Harriet Elizabeth Georgiana Howard), British Mistress of the Robes
Harriet Sarah, Lady Mordaunt, Scottish divorcee of MP Charles Mordaunt and friend of King Edward VII
Harriet Arbuthnot, English diarist and friend of the Duke of Wellington
Harriet Hemings, daughter of U.S. President Thomas Jefferson

Pop Culture References for the Name Harriet

Harriet Chetwode-Talbot, main character in movie "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen"
Harriet Welsch, main character in "Harriet the Spy"
Harriet Jones, character on TV's "Doctor Who" and "Torchwood"
Harriet Vanger, character in "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo"
Harriet Smith, character in "Emma"
Harriet Vane, character in Dorothy L. Sayers' "Gaudy Night"
Harriet Oleson, character on TV's "Little House on the Prairie"
Harriet Goodcharm, from the TV series "The Worst Witch"
Harriet "Harry" Watson, sister of Dr. John Watson in BBC's "Sherlock"
Harriet Beadle "Tattycoram", character in Charles Dickens' "Little Dorrit"
Harriet Townsend, character in "Yesterday's Child" by Barbara Wood
Harriet Bentley, character in movie "Wild Child"
Harriet Schulenburg, character on British TV's "Green Wing"
Harriet Hayward, character on TV's "Twin Peaks"

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