Origin of the name HENRIETTA.
Etymology of the
Meaning of the baby name HENRIETTA.
feminine form of Henry
(q.v.), meaning "home ruler." Usage: America, England,
Germany, Holland, Ireland, Scotland.
feminine forms of Henry, Henrietta, Harriet,
Harriot, Harty, Hatty,
Detta, did not become common
until the sixteenth century, when the Queen of Charles I., Henrietta
Maria, daughter of Henry IV. of France, made it fashionable. She
was a beautiful and high-spirited woman, and though her levity and
attachment to the Romish Church made her very unpopular in England with
a certain party, the royalists were her warm adherents and her English
namesakes were innumerable. Even one of Oliver Cromwell's
daughters was named after the Queen; but that was before Englishmen had
realized the coming troubles of the reign of Charles I.
Her daughter Henrietta Maria of England, as she is
called, added to the charm of beauty that of great sweetness of
character. She married Philip Duke of Orleans, but the marriage
was not a happy one. She was induced to take an active part in the
intrigues between the French and English courts during her brother
Charles II.'s reign. She died at the early age of twenty-six,
probably from the effects of poison. (Girls' Christian Names,