Hello! What are your thoughts on the name [name_f]Arrietty[/name_f]? She’s been on my mind the past few days… [name_f]Do[/name_f] you like it, dislike it, and why? Is it too tied to the book or Studio Ghibli movie?

If you don’t like it, what are some alternatives you do like?

Thanks! :heart:


I think [name_f]Arrietty[/name_f] is pretty and is a perfect name for a girl in a 19th or early 20th century [name_f]English[/name_f] novel. It has a very memorable sound and sounds very spirited to me. The only place I’ve come across it is in the children’s books “The Borrowers”, a series about a family of very tiny (maybe not even a foot tall) people called borrowers who went on many adventures. [name_f]Arrietty[/name_f] was the teenage daughter and her parents were Pod, the father, and Homily, the mother.


I think it’s okay, but a bit heavy. I would shorten it to Ariette, I think that’s prettier. Very unique otherwise.

I go back and forth on whether I prefer Arietty or [name_f]Arietta[/name_f]. I prefer the sharper sound of Arietty and it feels sweeter but the prominent “yeti” sound at the end kind of throws me off of it. Where as [name_f]Arietta[/name_f] has most of the same sweet sounds but at times feels too frilly.

As an alternative, I might recommend the Greek girls’ name Areti (pronounced ah-reh-TEE), meaning virtue or excellence.


It definitely is to me… and I love that about it. :smiling_face:

These associations make Arrietty a warm, natural, old-friend-hug of a name. I think this would be a lot of name to wear, but a lovely lot. And… Etta and Attie are some excellent potential nicknames, too, if the full thing ever feels too grand! So lovely, truly. :tulip:

“Cherry popsicles, sand in my toes, rolled down windows, hold my hand hold me close…”
Lyrics I remember from the song of the Ghibli movie. A perfect capsule of this name.


[name_f]Arrietty[/name_f] is charming - distinctive and fun, but with the elegance, established, clunky feel of [name_f]Harriet[/name_f].

[name_f]Harriet[/name_f] ‘Arrietty’ could be a safer alternative?

[name_f]Briony[/name_f], [name_f]Elodie[/name_f], [name_f]Amelie[/name_f], [name_f]Amberly[/name_f], Camberly, [name_f]Waverley[/name_f], [name_f]Juliette[/name_f], [name_u]Cassidy[/name_u], or [name_f]Magali[/name_f] came to mind


How do you pronounce that? :slight_smile:

Genius. :star_struck::star_struck::star_struck:

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[name_f]Arrietty[/name_f] is sweet and flowy, a bit frilly but nice. I think it has a good sound

[name_u]Love[/name_u] it. More dainty than a lot of names I like but there’s something about the mix of pleasing sounds (I find that ari- prefix pretty, see also [name_f]Ariadne[/name_f], Arianthe), and the warm and cosy literary / Ghibli association that gives it a special place in my heart. It’s also one of very few names that could lean princessy for people with that taste, but also has spunk to it. I think the similarity to [name_f]Harriet[/name_f] grounds it a bit so it sounds more established even though we know it’s invented (I mean go back far enough and all names are I suppose), and there is nice nickname potential in [name_f]Etta[/name_f] or [name_f]Hettie[/name_f].

I think it’s a brave choice but I actually love it.
[name_f]Ariadne[/name_f] could be some alternatives

I didn’t realise this was a real name outside the Ghibli-verse for quite some time, so to me it’s very much tied to that. I know it’s in the Borrowers too, which is an association lots of people might have. Doesn’t mean it’s unusable but it might read similar to other very distinctive character name choices, like say, [name_f]Hermione[/name_f] or [name_m]Westley[/name_m] (I say this as someone who has [name_m]Caspian[/name_m] pretty high up on her boy list).

It depends where you are, but in the U.K. I’d also be concerned that it sounds a bit like [name_f]Harriet[/name_f] done in a cockney accent :sweat_smile: ‘arriet!

I quite like the idea of going with [name_f]Harriet[/name_f] officially but using [name_f]Arrietty[/name_f] as a nickname!

Thank you all! I love the suggestion of Harriet… So pretty!