What does Harriet mean?
Harriet \ha(r)-riet\ 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 22 more related variations via Etta, Henrietta: Enrichetta, Enrichette, Enriqueta, Etta▼, Ettie▼, Etty, Heike, Hendrika, Henia, Henie, Henka, Hennie, Henrie, Henrieta, Henriette▼, Henrika, Henryetta, Hetta, Hette, Hettie▼, Yetta▼ and Yettie.
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)
Shown below is the birth name popularity of Harriet for girls. Harriet reached its highest position of #90 in the U.S. then, but is not found in the list at the moment. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)
Below is a graphed analysis of the usage of Harriet and related names. Hallie (#586 the previous year), Hattie (#590), Halle (#773), Henrietta, Henriette, Henry, Yetta, Hettie, Harriett, Etta, Ettie, Enriqueta and Harry are the popular related forms of Harriet. These girl names were at the apex of their popularity during the years 1880-1889 (usage of 0.5396%) and are now significantly less widespread (usage 0.0751%, down 86.1%), with versions such as Halle, Hallie, Etta, Ettie and Harriet falling out of style. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)