Meaning and name origin
Harriet \ha(r)-riet\ as a girl's 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 is a very popular first name for females (#316 out of 4276, Top 7%) and a slightly less popular surname or last name for all people (#47112 out of 88799, Top 53%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Harriet for girls. Harriet reached its highest rank of #90 in the U.S. in 1880-1889. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Harriet and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Hallie (#586), Hattie (#590), Halle (#773), Henrietta, Henry, Harriett, Harriet, Etta and Harry. (2014 statistics).