Henrietta vs. Henriette

Any thoughts on these names? [name]Henrietta[/name] is a family name. Is [name]Henriette[/name] more modern sounding, or does it sound even more dated?


hmmm…that’s a really good question!

To me they both feel sorta “stuffy.” Were you thinking of using them in the middle? If so, I would say to go with the one that flows the best with the first name you have picked out. You could also just use [name]Etta[/name]…that would be a cute substitute.

Or, if its a boy anything where the nn could be [name]Henry[/name].

Although I like French variants a lot, I think [name]Henriette[/name] doesn’t sound better than [name]Henrietta[/name]. Although they are both feminizations/diminutives of [name]Henry[/name], [name]Henrietta[/name] sounds like a girl’s name and [name]Henriette[/name] sounds like you wanted a boy and tacked on the ending. Not sure where this feeling comes from. [name]Henriette[/name] also sounds a lot like it should be [name]Harriet[/name], but you went with a weird compromise, despite the fact that it is a legitimate variant in its own right and maybe deserves to become more familiar and acceptable to our ears.

I don’t know if either feels more modern, but I definitely like [name]Henrietta[/name] better than [name]Henriette[/name], especially in light of being able to shorten to [name]Etta[/name].

They are both nice. It just depends on what style you want to go for. [name]Henrietta[/name] is the elegant-with-a-back-bone name. What I like to call a ‘moldie-oldie’ and fits with names like [name]Beatrice[/name], [name]Augusta[/name], [name]Cecilia[/name] etc.

[name]Henriette[/name] is the European sister who is slightly softer (if a bit more flirty and flightier) and fits with names like [name]Cecily[/name], [name]Veronique[/name], [name]Aurelie[/name] etc.

Personally, I think [name]Henriette[/name] is flirtier and [name]Henrietta[/name] is more serious. Chose your favorite.

I love [name]Henrietta[/name] and other vintage names like it, although I do like [name]Henriette[/name], too. Either way, I think the potential [name]Hattie[/name] nickname is darling. :slight_smile:

With [name]Henrietta[/name], I picture siblings with other “comfy” names like [name]Beatrice[/name], [name]Cordelia[/name], [name]Dorothy[/name], [name]Evangeline[/name], [name]Frances[/name], [name]Ivy[/name], [name]Mae[/name], [name]Pearl[/name], [name]Susannah[/name], [name]Violet[/name], etc, while I picture sophisticated French names with [name]Henriette[/name], such as [name]Annabelle[/name] (which actually feels comfy to me), [name]Camille[/name], [name]Delphine[/name], [name]Josephine[/name], [name]Mirabelle[/name], etc.

If you’re looking for something with a cozy vintage feel, I’d go with [name]Henrietta[/name], and if you’re looking for something with a French vibe, I’d go with [name]Henriette[/name].

Good luck! :slight_smile:

I love [name]Henrietta[/name] the most because it sounds like she’s having a whimsical tea party in a garden. [name]Henriette[/name] sounds like she’s in a cabaret dancing. [name]Both[/name] are very nice, but I guess I like tea parties the best. [name]Love[/name] the nn [name]Hattie[/name]!

I prefer [name]Henrietta[/name] and think [name]Hattie[/name] or [name]Hettie[/name] for nn is adorable.


Unless you’re going to pronounce [name]Henriette[/name] the French way, AWN-ree-et (which only works with a French accent!), then it’s better to stick to the English form [name]Henrietta[/name].

[name]Henrietta[/name] definitely. [name]Henriette[/name] (esp if not pronounced the French way) sounds slightly off to my ears, like pp said about tacking the ending onto [name]Henry[/name]. [name]Henrietta[/name] sounds more intentional or something, like a name you truly love not just the feminine form of a name you truly love. I’m not sure if this makes any sense.

I, too, like [name]Henrietta[/name] best, but it ultimately depends on your taste ([name]Henriette[/name] is very pretty too). I also think [name]Etta[/name] as a nickname, as some have suggested, may make your choice less unique because it is becoming popular along with [name]Ella[/name], [name]Ellie[/name], and so on. I love [name]Hattie[/name] though, and I also love [name]Harriet[/name] if a ending in a hard T works better with your middle name choice or last name.

It only works if it is pronounced the French way in my opinion.