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

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

Pop Culture References for the name Henrietta

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

Henrietta's International Variations

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


NovaRaya Says:


It is a rather long name, but this name is a classic that would age well as opposed to some of the names that are currently extremely popular. This name fits several different personalities, it is feminine, but it is also strong, daring, and bold. I really like the nickname "Nettie" for this name.

Wittyusername103 Says:


With Henry coming back why not Henrietta? It fits in the formula (vintage + at least two possible not a stretch nicknames + longer then five letters + romantic sounding) that comes with most girls names and it sounds lovely out loud.

Jengrierson Says:


I love this name and am almost certain we'll use it when baby is here in July. We also like the shortened version of Hetty. I already have a Monty and and Elsie so this old fashioned but recognisable name will go nicely 😃 I can't wait till baby is here so I can start telling everyone her name!

paulapuddephatt Says:


This name is so beautiful. I absolutely love it. 😃 💝 Xxx

beth.beth Says:


I named my daughter Henrietta Cate in 2013 as it is a beloved family name. She is known as both Henrietta and Henrie. I anticipated more "disapproval" from people, but the overwhelming response by people learning her name is delight. It's a great name with pluck!

headintheclouds Says:


Also the first associations that come to mind are The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks and the fictional little assassin girl Henrietta from the anime Gunslinger Girl!

Finn Says:


Never had much of an opinion on Henrietta besides that it sounded a bit dated. After reading Maggie Stiefvater's series "The Raven Cycle", it's one of my favourite names. Now whenever I hear it, I can't help but think of the small, impossible town full of magic and mystery in the middle of nowhere, Virginia.

gummybear0724 Says:


I can only think of chickens

ameliejane123 Says:


This is my daughter's name. We call her Petit Hen most of the time since she's so little.

Floris Says:


I loove this name, but my grand-father is called Heinrich. He isn't evil or anything, just grumpy & we aren't very close...

Plus, if we start with the first child being named after a relative I feel like we have to do the same if we have other childen. Which I don't want. So our daughter won't be a Henrietta, I guess :(

Louisa Says:


I love this GLORIOUS name! I would use the nickname Etta or Hattie.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


I don't see Henrietta making a serious comeback, however, I can see the appeal. While not a personal favorite of mine, Henrietta is a respectable choice. The name is familiar yet unusual.

Zelliew Says:


Some very strong sounding male names don't readily lend themselves to be feminised in my opinion. This always sounded chuncky & old to me

lesliemarion Says:


Henrietta doesn't seem starchy to me; she seems plucky like Eloise. A rollicking good name.

ThistleThorn Says:


This is pretty, but I like Harriet more. For some reason I also like Harrietta. Either way you can call her Hattie!

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Azumarill . Says:


I love this name, i know a sweet 21 year old girl named Hemy, her real name is Henrietta. She's from Manchester, so i always associate that name with someone with an english accent, a soft voice and big strong hands. Quite the guitarist and singer too she is. <3 u Hemy.

headintheclouds Says:


Really like this name! Downside is that it can seem rather long and fussy, but it's great that it has so many great nicknames like Hattie, Nettie, Etta, so many others. Ultimately though, I'd most likely not use the name- too vintage as opposed to just the right amount of vintage for me.

Coll Says:


I love it! Our little Henrietta Jane is called Hattie.

ShunPun Says:


I really love this name. I have a feeling this could make a comeback in the near future.

Chelsey Says:


We love the name! Our little girl is named Henrietta June and we call her Henri, it fits her perfectly.

NaomiNY Says:


I think this name's okay. I recently put it on my guilty pleasure name list. Any time I hear Henrietta, I think of the anime Gunslinger Girl.

kitchi1 Says:


I used to really dislike this name. Recently, however, I've been crushing on it.

Guest Says:


I heard this name get teased on tv one time so that just reiterated why I would never use it. (Besides the fact that it's ugly and old)

Christina25 Says:


This name is so not my style, but I love it anyway for some reason! :3