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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 author
Harriet Nelson, American singer and actress, wife of Ozzie Nelson
Harriet Tubman, American abolitionist
Harriet 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

Pop Culture References for the Name Harriet

Harriet Chetwode-Talbot, a lead character in the film "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen"
Harriet Welsch, heroine of "Harriet the Spy"
Harriet Jones, character on "Doctor Who" and "Torchwood"
Harriet Vanger, character in "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" book/film
Harriet Smith, character in Jane Austen's Emma
Harriet Vane, protagonist of 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 from Yesterday's child, by Barbara Wood
Harriet, character from Wild child film

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