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Popularity Over Time: How Many Girls Have Been Named Harriet
This chart illustrates how many Girls were named Harriet in the U.S. since 1880.
A few facts about the girl's name Harriet:
Records indicate that 85,428 girls in the United States have been named Harriet since 1880.
The greatest number of people were given this name in 1921, when 2,386 people in the U.S. were given the name Harriet. Those people are now 98 years old.
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Comments about the name Harriet
Based on the comments submitted below
13 Positive Comments
"Harriet is my name and I think it?s a great name! It is often spelt wrong by many people though, so I prefer the name Hattie. Still people spell it wrong. Some putting ?hatty? or once even ?hati?. I especially love the meaning which is house ruler. This suits m great. I do not think it is old fashioned at all. I am still in primary school yet it is my namel" Oct. 23, 2018:
"I'm quite young and my name is Harriet. I get called Harry lots by immature boys but that's the only thing that bothers me. I am proud of my feminine name and I love that I can be called Hattie. Other nicknames I am called that annoy me: Hat, Bobble, Beanie." Jan. 27, 2017:
"Harriet with one T. Named after my mother's father Harry. No one ever called me Hattie. It's always misspelled with two tt's and sometimes with two tt's and an e. Yikes! More popular on the east coast of the U.S. and hardy younger than 65! I think it will come back as it's not a common name." Nov. 2, 2015:
"My name is Harriet and I don't mind it. I like how it is unusual even though I live in England. It may posh but it really is not that bad." Oct. 19, 2015:
"My name is Harriet, and I'm currently in high school. I love my name. I usually go by Hattie, most can't say or spell Hattie at first though (I get a lot of "Maddy" or "Patty"). While that is annoying I love the fact that I have a unique name, I haven't met a single Hattie or Harriet yet :)" Aug. 22, 2015:
"My name is Harriet. I'm currently in my school years and I have been researching into my name. I have seen it been called ugly, spoilt, harsh but I have also seen it called strong, pretty and feminine. It has its ups and downs. I have only recently grown to the nickname Hatty, which I spell differently to most but the spelling doesn't bother me. I have also been called H and Harri and have also seen some rather amusing spellings of my name (Harriot, Harriett, Harritte...). Despite it being rather old-fashioned I do think it has gained popularity for I have at least three other people in my generation with the name. It is quite a posh name and sometimes I find myself with quite a disliking to it but overall it just adds to who I am, I shouldn't let my name define me, for I should define it. Harriet, I guess, is a one in a million kind of name. I'm not going to throw that away." Jul. 30, 2015:
"My name is Harriet, and some people call me Hazel- it's a nice, strong name if you're calm, relaxed but ready to pounce. It has that kind of educated ring to it, not too nerdy but intelligent and bold. I'm the only Harriet that I know of in person, and I'm proud that my name can be misspelled, I get an excuse for telling people off!" Jul. 5, 2015:
"I absolutely love my name. It's unusual enough that I'm the only one in the room but not so unusual that people can't spell it or give me funny looks. I can be Hattie or H or Harri if I want, but the full name is just as glorious. Also, the solid 'T' at the end makes for a really delicious sound. Long live Harriets!" Apr. 19, 2015:
"If I am in a crowd and someone calls out Harriet it is usually for me. I've only met a few people named Harriet throughout my 65 years. I love my name as it is not common. I was named after my paternal grandmother who went by the nickname of Hattie. My father called my Harri and nieces and nephews call me Aunt Hari (Ha Ree)." Dec. 24, 2013:
"Harriet is a beautiful, classic name. I teach and you wouldn't believe the amount of cutesy names - like Maisie, Daisy, Bella, Millie, etc. Not to say those names are bad, but they're so overused. Harriet is a breath of fresh air. It's strong, but also feminine. If I have a girl I will call her Harriet (and Hattie or Harry as a nn). If your name is Harriet be proud of it, it's fab!" May. 1, 2013:
"my name is harriet and i love it :) i mostly get called hattie by my family and hazz by my friends, and it's not easy to mishear :P best name ever, in my opinion!" May. 10, 2007:
"my name is harriet & i dont like it..but im 16 & its not very common..so my friends call my harri with an i. i would have liked hattie maybe..but anyway i dont think its umcommon i know 2 people in my year at school with the same name. & they both go by harriet." Jan. 7, 2007:
"This is my daughter's name (born 2005). We love it. People sometimes spell with two "t's". Not sure if she'll go by Harriet or Hattie. We wanted a traditional name that would be unique in her generation. So far so good. I have yet to meet someone younger than 40 with this name." Oct. 3, 2006:
3 Negative Comments
"My name is Harriett. I was born in1957.Iwas named after my grandmotherand I always hated the name.Nobody I knew had this name and all my peers thought it was oldfashion and ugly,which made it worse. Iwas teased a lot.Everyone called me Harry or Hattie which I hated even more than Harriett." May. 15, 2010:
"My baby sister was named Harriet. Poor girl, we always teased her and called her "Henry" and "Henrietta" and "Harvey," any any other ugly name beginning with an H that we could think of. It's a most unfeminine name, and perfect if you want your kid teased through adolescence--and beyond. (We're in our 30s, and I still call my sister Henry.)" Jan. 17, 2008:
"Harriet is such a kool name neva get teased or nothing its fooly hot :)" Nov. 4, 2007:
11 Neutral Comments
"My real name is Harriet. My Father did not like the name much. Someone walked by the bassinet in the hospital and said that's the pink is baby I've ever seen. Since that time I have gone as Pinky. My ancestors once owned the Poplar Neck Plantation where Harriet Tubman escaped from and was a leader in the underground railroad to free slaves. I like to think that me being named Harriet was a way for my family to say kiss off to slavery. I am now proud that I carry her name. I am 52 years old." Oct. 5, 2019:
"My stand in French teacher spelt my name as 'Harriot' instead of 'Harriet'" Mar. 21, 2017:
"My name is Harriet. Harriet is a very unique name. In my school I am by far the only Harriet. I don't like it shortened because I feel it is incorrect and not accurate. Harriet is not an ugly name, it is unique, posh and lovely. I love my name very much and would not want to really be called anything else!" Mar. 29, 2016:
"My name is Harriet. But i think its such a classic, posh name. I'd much rather be called Hattie because it sounds less harsh. The only problem with the name Harriet is that people think they can call you harry! I'm not a boy! " Dec. 10, 2014:
"i love that name harriet so much because its a girls name" Nov. 9, 2012:
"My daughter is Hattie, she is aged 2 , has 3 older brothers , so we felt a strong name was necessary.
On her birth certificate she is Harriet , just to give her the choice when older, although she has only ever been known as Hattie to date. Generally we have received positive comments. I just hope she likes it when she's older.
Any comments from folk with this name, should we change it through deed poll to Hattie or leave her with a Sunday name on paper ?" Jul. 11, 2012:
"Harriet is an ok name. I have a cousin with that name but she doesn't really like her name.It"s a name that you like it or hate it.Maybe it will become popular again when Prince Harry has a daughter and names her Harriet Diana." May. 15, 2010:
"I love this name. When I was pregnant, this was the one name for a girl my husband and I both liked and were leaning toward the spelling Harriet (like the actress Harriet Nelson). We had a son but I still think this is the greatest name. Funny side story is that we were thinking her name would be Harriet Patricia. Patricia in honor of a dear friend of mine who died young. We also liked the nickname Hattie until someone pointed out that we could call her Hattie Pattie. Yikes." Jun. 19, 2009:
"my names harriet and its the LUSHEST name in the world!! if any adults are looking this is THE name 2 call ur child if its a girl. I get called haz, harri or hatty." Jun. 8, 2007:
"This is my name and I'm only 20 VV!! Even though it's a typical English name (and I'm English), I still have to repeat about 3 times to everyone that says "What's your name?". It's old and traditional, but not unfashionable, I think." Dec. 23, 2006:
"i *LOVE* this name and named my daughter Harriet -- it's a love it/hate it name, unusual but still easy to pronounce -- it doesn't try too hard to be cool and ends up being much cooler as a result ;-)" Nov. 22, 2005:
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