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

The name Henrietta is a girl's name of French, English origin meaning "estate ruler". Henrietta and is often added to lists like Badass Princess Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Names on NB that make you go WOW!".

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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 Maria, Queen consort of Charles I of England
Henrietta of England, Duchess of Orleans, daughter of Charles I
Henrietta "Jetty" Treffz, Austrian operatic mezzo-soprano; first wife of composer Johann Strauss II
Henrietta Emma "Etty" 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
Henrietta Alexandrine Friederike Wilhelmine, Princess of Nassau-Weilburg, wife of Archduke Charles
Maria Henrietta (born Maria Enrichetta Carmel), Princess of Naples and Sicily; daughter of Ferdinand I
Henrietta Godolphin, 2nd Duchess of Marlborough; daughter of John Churchill
Henrietta "Harriet" Pelham-Holles, Duchess of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, wife of British PM Thomas Pelham-Holles; daughter of Henrietta Godolphin
Henrietta FitzJames Butler, Viscountess Galmoye, daughter of Britain's James II and Arabella Churchill
Benedicta Henrietta Philippina, Princess of the Palatinate; Duchess of Brunswick-Lüneburg
Maria Henrietta Caroline Gabriele, Archduchess of Austria
Isabella Henrietta Ingrid Margrethe (b. 2007), Princess of Denmark, daughter of Crown Prince Frederik

Pop Culture References for the name Henrietta

Henrietta "H", character in the film "Imagine Me & You"
Henrietta Biggle, character in the TV series "South Park"
Henrietta "Hetty" King, character on TV's "Road to Avonlea"
Henrietta "Hetty" Lange, character on "NCIS: Los Angeles"
Henrietta "Etta" Bishop, character on TV's "Fringe"
Henrietta Musgrove, character in "Persuasion" by Jane Austen
Henrietta "Henny," character in Sydney Taylor's "All-of-a-Kind Family"
Henrietta Pussycat, character on "Mister Rogers Neighborhood"
Henrietta "Hettie" Hubble, character on "The New Worst Witch"
Henrietta Lowell, in film "A New Leaf"
Henrietta Vanderpreen, character on "Bear in the Big Blue House"
Henrietta Beak, chicken character in comic strip "Pluggers"
Henrietta, song by The Fratellis
Henrietta "Hetty" Woodlawn, in the "Caddie Woodlawn" by Carol Ryrie Brink.
Henrietta Von Marzipan, character on "Codename: Kids Next Door"
Henrietta "Etta" Spencer, character in book "Passenger"
Henrietta, small town in "The Raven Cycle" series
Henrietta, a little girl turned assasin in the Manga and Anime "Gunslinger Girl"

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)