The name Harriet is a girl's name of French, English origin meaning "estate ruler". Harriet and is often added to lists like Old Lady Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Names on NB that make you go WOW!".
From the experts:
Harriet has long been considered a stylish, upscale name in England, but it's still waiting to be revived in the US—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. Harriet 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 61 in England and Wales.
Cutesy nicknames for Harriet include Hattie, Hetty, and Hatsy. A related idea: Henrietta.
Lists containing Harriet:
- Geek Chic Names for Girls
- British Girl Names
- Literary Names for Girls
- Old Lady Names
- Vintage Girl Names
- Vintage Baby Names
- Jane Austen Baby Names
- TV Mom Names
- Baby Names from Books
- Old-Fashioned Baby Names
- Cool Classic Girl Names — 100+ below the Top 1000
- Cool Midcentury Baby Names
- Names That Mean Ruler or Royal
- Unique Vintage Names for Girls
- Popular English Girls' Names
- Baby Names from Children's Books
- Stylish Girls' Names That End in Consonants
- Urban Prairie Names
- Girl Names Uncommon in the US
- March Baby Names