Harriet

July 28, 2014 § 7 Comments

ORIGIN:
Like “Henrietta“, an English form of “Henriette”, both being feminine variants of “Harry” or “Henry“, meaning “home ruler” or “leader of the army”.

VARIATIONS and NICKNAMES:
Enrica, Etta, Ettie, Etty, Halle, Hallie, Harrie, Harriett, Harrietta, Harriette, Harry, Hattie, Hatty, Henrietta, Henriette, Het, Hettie, Hetty, Yetta, etc.

REFERENCES IN LITERATURE:
– Harriet Dunbar (called “Harry“), a founding member of the children’s society for the prevention of cruelty to cats, in “The Kit-Kat Club”, from The Youngest Miss Lorton, and Other Stories by Nora Perry (1889).
Harriet Forster, the Mrs. Colonel Forster responsible for aiding and abetting Lydia’s and Wickham’s elopement in Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (written in 1797, published in 1813).
Harriet Kennedy, Sidney Page’s aunt, who decides to branch out on her own and start a dressmaking business, in K. by Mary Roberts Rinehart (1914).
Harriet Smith, a very pretty, engaging, and humble pupil of Mrs. Goddard’s, who Emma adopts as her new best friend, ripe for meddling with and matchmaking for, in Jane Austen’s Emma (1815).

WRITERS:
– Harriet Miller Davidson (1839-1883), British novelist and poet.
– Harriet Myrtle (1812-1876), pen name of English children’s book author Lydia Mackenzie Falconer Miller.
– Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896), American abolitionist and author.

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