Harriet \ha(r)-riet\ as a girl's name is pronounced HARE-ee-et. It is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Harriet is "home ruler". Feminine form of Harry, from Henry; an informal version of Henrietta. A TV sitcom in the 1950s was called "Ozzie and Harriet". Literary: "Harriet the Spy" is a well-known children's book. See also Etta. Author Harriet Beecher Stowe; civil rights leader Harriet Tubman.