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Gender: F Meaning of Henrietta: "estate ruler" Origin of Henrietta: Feminine variation of Henry

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.

Famous People Named Henrietta

Henrietta Maria, Queen consort of Charles I of England
Henrietta of England, Duchess of Orleans, daughter of Charles I
Henrietta Louise von Hayn (1724-1782), Dutch hymnist
Henrietta "Jetty" Treffz, Austrian operatic mezzo-soprano; first wife of composer Johann Strauss II
Henrietta "Etty" Emma Darwin, daughter of naturalist Charles Darwin
Henrietta Lacks, American woman whose cells (HeLa cells) led to many scientific breakthroughs; subject of a book by Rebecca Skloot
Henrietta Swan Leavitt, American astronomer
Henrietta Szold, American Zionist leader; founder of Hadassah
Henrietta Leaver, Miss America 1935
Henrietta Onodi, Hungarian Olympic gymnast who has a skill named for her on balance beam
Henrietta Dugdale, Australian feminist and suffragist
Isabella Henrietta Ingrid Margrethe, Princess of Denmark, daughter of Crown Prince Frederik

Pop Culture References for the name Henrietta

Henrietta "Hetty" King, character on TV's "Road to Avonlea"
Henrietta "Hetty" Lange, character on TV's "NCIS: Los Angeles"
Henrietta "Etta" Bishop, character on TV's "Fringe"
Henrietta Musgrove, character in the novel "Persuasion" by Jane Austen
Henrietta "Henny," character in Sydney Taylor's "All-of-a-Kind Family"
Henrietta Pussycat, character on TV's "Mister Rogers Neighborhood"
Henrietta "Hettie" Hubble, character on TV's "The New Worst Witch"
Henrietta Lowell, shy heiress and botanist in film "A New Leaf"
Henrietta Vanderpreen, character on TV's "Bear in the Big Blue House"
Henrietta Beak, chicken character in comic strip "Pluggers"
Henrietta, song by The Fratellis
Henrietta "Hetty" Woodlawn, character in the "Caddie Woodlawn" book series, by Carol Ryrie Brink.
Henrietta Von Marzipan, character on TV's "Codename: Kids Next Door"
Henrietta "Etta" Spencer, character in book "Passenger"

Hettie, Etta, Henny, Hennie, Hatsy, Hanrietta, Hatty, Hatsie, Etty, Ettie, Hanriette, Harriet, Hen, Henia, Henie, Hattie, Harrietta

Henrietta's International Variations

Rika, Jetje, Hendrika (Dutch) Heinricka, Enrika, Rike (German) Henka, Henrieta (Polish) Henriette, Harriette (French) Rikka (Finnish) Henrika (Swedish) Enrica (Spanish)