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The Daily Genealogist Name Origin: Henrietta

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Julie Helen Otto

Julie Helen Otto
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HENRIETTA (f): This name, the feminine form of HENRY (with diminutive form –etta/ette), was popular from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. One of the name’s best-known early bearers in England was Henriette-Marie de France (1609–1669), known in England as Henrietta Maria, daughter of Henri IV of France and Marie de’ Medici, and wife of King Charles I of England. Henrietta Fitz-James (1667–1730), wife of Sir Henry Waldegrave (later Lord Waldegrave), was an illegitimate daughter of Henrietta Maria’s son James, Duke of York (1633–1701, King James II 1685-88) and Arabella Churchill (1648–1730), sister of John Churchill, later Duke of Marlborough. John’s daughter Henrietta Churchill (1681–1733), who married the Hon. Francis Godolphin, later 2nd Earl of Godolphin, was a distant great-aunt of Sir Winston Churchill, the great Anglo-American statesman. Jonathan and Lydia (Gushee) Shaw of Raynham, Mass., neatly honored two tragic French royal figures when naming their daughter Henrietta Maria Antonietta Shaw in 1793 (Raynham VRs) — Queen Henrietta Maria above, and the recently-executed Marie Antoinette, Queen of France.

Posted by Jean Powers at 06/12/2012 09:30:59 AM | 


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