Feminine variation of Henry
"estate ruler"

Henrietta Origin and Meaning

The name Henrietta is a girl's name of French, English origin meaning "estate ruler".

Despite a return to such feminizations of male names as Josephine, Clementine, and Theodora, starchy Henrietta has not made it into that group. Still, if you look hard enough, you'll see that Henrietta has the same vintage charm.

The name arrived in England in 1625 via King Charles I's wife, the French princess Henriette Marie, who became known as Henrietta Maria. Her daughter shared her name but was known as Minette.

It has been prominent recently through the bestselling book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, the story of the poor black woman whose cells became one of the most important tools in medical research. Henrietta Szold was a U.S. Zionist leader and founder of the Hadassah Women's Organization.

Henrietta has a number of charming vintage nicknames, including Etta, Hetty and Hattie.

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Famous People Named Henrietta

  • Henrietta MariaQueen consort of Charles I of England
  • Henrietta of EnglandDuchess of Orleans, daughter of Charles I
  • Henrietta "Jetty" TreffzAustrian operatic mezzo,soprano; first wife of composer Johann Strauss II
  • Henrietta Emma "Etty" Darwindaughter of naturalist Charles Darwin
  • Henrietta LacksAmerican woman whose cells (HeLa cells) led to many scientific breakthroughs; subject of a book by Rebecca Skloot
  • Henrietta Swan LeavittAmerican astronomer
  • Henrietta SzoldAmerican Zionist leader; founder of Hadassah
  • Henrietta LeaverMiss America 1935
  • Henrietta OnodiHungarian Olympic gymnast who has a skill named for her on balance beam
  • Henrietta DugdaleAustralian feminist and suffragist
  • Henrietta Alexandrine Friederike WilhelminePrincess of Nassau,Weilburg, wife of Archduke Charles
  • Maria Henrietta (born Maria Enrichetta Carmel)Princess of Naples and Sicily; daughter of Ferdinand I
  • Henrietta Godolphin2nd Duchess of Marlborough; daughter of John Churchill
  • Henrietta "Harriet" PelhamHolles, Duchess of Newcastle,upon,Tyne, wife of British PM Thomas Pelham,Holles; daughter of Henrietta Godolphin
  • Henrietta FitzJames ButlerViscountess Galmoye, daughter of Britain's James II and Arabella Churchill
  • Benedicta Henrietta PhilippinaPrincess of the Palatinate; Duchess of Brunswick,Lüneburg
  • Maria Henrietta Caroline GabrieleArchduchess of Austria
  • Isabella Henrietta Ingrid Margrethe (b. 2007)Princess of Denmark, daughter of Crown Prince Frederik

Henrietta in Pop Culture

  • Henrietta "H"character in the film "Imagine Me & You"
  • Henrietta Bigglecharacter in the TV series "South Park"
  • Henrietta "Hetty" Kingcharacter on TV's "Road to Avonlea"
  • Henrietta "Hetty" Langecharacter on "NCIS: Los Angeles"
  • Henrietta "Etta" Bishopcharacter on TV's "Fringe"
  • Henrietta Musgrovecharacter in "Persuasion" by Jane Austen
  • Henrietta "Henny" character in Sydney Taylor's "All,of,a,Kind Family"
  • Henrietta Pussycatcharacter on "Mister Rogers Neighborhood"
  • Henrietta "Hettie" Hubblecharacter on "The New Worst Witch"
  • Henrietta Lowellin film "A New Leaf"
  • Henrietta Vanderpreencharacter on "Bear in the Big Blue House"
  • Henrietta Beakchicken character in comic strip "Pluggers"
  • Henriettasong by The Fratellis
  • Henrietta "Hetty" Woodlawnin the "Caddie Woodlawn" by Carol Ryrie Brink.
  • Henrietta Von Marzipancharacter on "Codename: Kids Next Door"
  • Henrietta "Etta" Spencercharacter in book "Passenger"
  • Henriettasmall town in "The Raven Cycle" series
  • Henriettaa little girl turned assasin in the Manga and Anime "Gunslinger Girl"