In the USA, Hattie is one of those nicknames that is now more popular than its parent name, Harriet. While Harriet has been missing from the Top 1000 for more than 40 years, Hattie reached #488 in 2015, its highest ranking in 60 years, and dropped only slightly to Number 503 in 2016. In England, however, Harriet (at Number 56) is still by far more popular than Hattie (Number 265), while in Australia, Harriet is in the Top 100 while no data exists on Hattie. In the US, we’d like to see Harriet get more usage but we’re happy to see Hattie again.
Hattie was popular at the end of the nineteenth century, in the Top 50 from 1880 to 1900, along with other similar nickname names like Lottie and Letty. It fell off the list in 1969, to return in 2011, the year of Hattie McDermott's birth.
Hattie McDaniel was the first African-American to be awarded an Academy Award, in 1940, for her role in Gone With the Wind. Hattie was the name of the sweet, simple protagonist in Woody Allen's 1999 film Sweet and Lowdown; Hattie (born Henriette) Carnegie was a well-known twentieth century fashion designer.