The baby name Harriet is based on two Germanic elements, the first meaning “home,” the second meaning “ruler.”
Here are half a dozen impressive people named Harriet:
- Harriet B. Hawes (1871-1945), American archaeologist.
- Harriet Quimby (1875-1912), American aviator. First female pilot to fly across the English channel, in 1912.
- Harriet B. Rogers (1834-1919), American educator. Pioneer of the oral method of deaf education (oralism).
- Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896), American writer. Wrote Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1852), often cited as a cause of the American Civil War.
- Harriet W. R. Strong (1844-1926), American inventor and water conservationist.
- Harriet Tubman (c.1820-1913), African-American abolitionist and Underground Railroad conductor. (Her birth name was Araminta Ross. She later renamed herself Harriet after her mother.)
And here’s a bonus Harriette:
- Harriette Chick (1875-1977), British microbiologist and nutritionist. Confirmed that both cod-liver oil and sunlight could prevent/cure rickets.
Do you know of any other equally cool people named Harriet (or Harriette, or some other variant)?