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What does Harriet mean?

Harriet Pronunciation of Harriet [har-ri-et] as a girls' name is pronounced HARE-ee-et. It is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Harriet is "home leader". Feminine of Harry, from Henry; an informal version of Henrietta. A TV sitcom in the 1950s was called "Ozzie and Harriet". Literary: "Harriet the Spy" is a well-known children's book. See also Etta. Author Harriet Beecher Stowe; civil rights leader Harriet Tubman.


Harriet has 16 variants: Halle, Hallie, Hariette, Harrie, Harriett, Harrietta, Harriot, Harriott, Harriotte, Hat, Hatsee, Hatsey, Hatsie, Hatsy, Hattie and Hatty.

Affiliated girl name: Harriette.

2 more relations via Etta, Henrietta: Henrie and Henrieta.

Creative forms:
(female) Hardee, Hariet, ..

(male) Harde, Harriel, ..

Middle name pairings:
Harriet Mia (H.M.), ..

How popular is Harriet?

Harriet is a very popular first name for women (#316 out of 4276, Top 7%) and a slightly less popular last name for all people (#82691 out of 150436, Top 55%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Harriet reached its highest position of #90 in the U.S. in the 1880s, and is at #1314 presently. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Harriet name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Harriet outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Hattie (#488 from current records), Hallie (#566), Halle (#916), Etta (#1075), Henrietta, Henry, Harriett, Harriette and Harry are the popular related forms of Harriet (#1314 from current records). Other forms, like Henrieta, are uncommon. These forms of Harriet were popular as birth names a century ago (average #442) and are now significantly less widespread (#1435, 92%), with versions such as Halle going out of style.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Harriet, Etta, Halle, Hallie, Harriett in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Harriette, Harry, Hattie, Henrietta, Henry in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Harriet outside U.S.

Similar Names

Recommended names are Barrie, Briet, Carrie, Garnet, Hadarit (see Hadara), Hadria, Hadrien, Haelie, Hailie, Halie, Hannie, Harlea, Harlee, Harleen, Harley, Harli, Harlie, Harper, Harpreet, Harrela (see Harela), Haylie, Karrie, Marget, Margret and Mariet. These names tend to be less frequently used than Harriet.

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in meaning and etymology.