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Origin: Netherlands
Region Origin: Western Europe

Harriet is a baby girl name of German origin, derived from the Old German name Henriette and the baby boy name Harry, meaning "home ruler". The name has gained popularity in the United States due to former American abolitionist Harriet Tubman, who was born into slavery but helped people create safe houses across the country. The name Harriet also symbolizes strength, leadership, and authority. The name Harriet has German and French origins, with Henrik, its Germanic form, originating from the term heim (home) and ric (power or ruler). The name was first used in England by the Normans and was later adopted as a feminine form of Harry. Variants of the name Harriet include Henrietta, Henrietta, and Henriette, as well as nicknames such as Hattie, Hatty, Hetty, Hettie, and others. The name Harriet has been used by various famous personalities, including Harriet Beecher Stowe, the author of "Uncle Tom's Cabin".

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