Our Baby Name of the Day comes from this list of girls’ names inspired by Sadie.
There’s no Hattie without Harriet. And there’s no Harriet until we have Henry.
Let’s back up. The Dictionary of Medieval Names from European Sources lists the earliest Henrys in the 800s. But the name isn’t necessarily recognizable. Over the years, it’s been Heinrich and Hendricus and such.
The Normans brought it to England when they conquered, and the English heard the French Henri, and pronounced it more like Harry. We eventually came to use Harry as a nickname for Henry. (Just ask the current Duke of Sussex, popularly known as Prince Harry, but born Henry Charles Albert David.)