St. Brigid of Kildare inspired the popularity of the name Bridget.
|Meaning||Noble or exalted one|
|Related names||Brigitte, Birgit, Birgitta, Birgitte, Bridgette|
Bridget or Brigid is a Gaelic/Irish female name derived from the noun brígh, meaning "power, strength, vigor, virtue". An alternate meaning of the name is "exalted one". Its popularity, especially in Ireland, is largely related to the popularity of Saint Brigid of Kildare, who was so popular in Ireland she was known as "Mary of the Gael". This saint took on many of the characteristics of the early Celtic goddess Brigid, who was the goddess of agriculture and healing and possibly also of poetry and fire. One of her epithets was "Brigid of the Holy Fire". In German and Scandinavian countries, the popularity of the name spread due to Saint Bridget of Sweden.
In the Irish language, the name is spelled Brighid or Bríd and is pronounced "bree-yid" or "breej". In the Scottish Gaelic language, the name is spelled Brìghde and is pronounced "breej-eh" At one time the name was so popular for Irish girls that Bridey was used as a slang term for an Irish girl in English-speaking countries. Some Irish servant girls were called Biddie or Biddy by their employers even if that wasn't their real first name. It has been steadily used in the United States throughout the 20th century, though never among the top 100 most popular names for girls. It was most popular in the 1970s, when it ranked as the 153rd most popular name for girls born in that decade in the United States. In 2006, it was the 349th most popular female given name in the United States; in 2007 it fell to 357th place. It was ranked as the 367th most common name for girls and women in the United States in the 1990 census.
The following people and characters share given name Bridget.
- Bridget Breiner (born 1974), American dancer and choreographer, working mainly in Germany
- Bridget Rose Dugdale, English heiress who joined the Provisional Irish Republican Army
- Bridget Fonda, actress
- Bridget Marquardt, from The Girls Next Door
- Bridget Moynahan, actress and model
- Bridget Perrier (born 1977), Canadian anti-prostitution activist
- Brigitte Bardot French Actress
- Bridget (Guilty Gear), a fictional character in the fighting game series Guilty Gear
- Bridget, a character in the film The Wild
- Bridget, a character in the film An American Tail
- Bridget Forrester, a fictional character in The Bold and the Beautiful
- Bridget Hennessey, the fictional eldest child on the sitcom 8 Simple Rules
- Bridget Jones
- Bridget "Bee" Vreeland, a fictional character in the book and movie The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
- Berc'hed (Breton)
- Berget (Swedish)
- Bergit (Scandinavian)
- Berit (Scandinavian)
- Birgitta (Scandinavian)
- Birgitte (Norwegian)
- Birte (Norwegian)
- Brede (Manx)
- Breesha (Manx)
- Breeshey (Manx)
- Bríd (Irish)
- Bríde (Irish)
- Bridget (English)
- Bridgette (English)
- Bridgid (English)
- Brídín (Irish)
- Brigette (French)
- Brìghde (Scottish Gaelic)
- Brighid (Irish)
- Brighidín (Irish)
- Brigid (Old Irish)
- Brígida (Catalan) (Portuguese) (Spanish)
- Brigida (Italian), (Spanish)
- Brigit (English, Old Irish)
- Brigita (Latvian), (Lithuanian), (Slovenian)
- Brigitta (German), (Hungarian)
- Brigitte (French), (German)
- Brit (Norwegian)
- Brita (Finnish), (Scandinavian)
- Britt (Scandinavian)
- Britta (Scandinavian)
- Brygid (Polish)
- Brygida (Polish)
- Ffraid (Welsh)
- Gitta (German)
- Gittan (Swedish)
- Piritta (Finnish)
- Pirkko (Finnish)
- Priita (Finnish)
- Riitta (Finnish)
- Todd (1998), p. 23.
- Campbell, Mike. "Meaning, origin and history of the name Bridget". Behind the Name. Retrieved 14 February 2018.
- Todd (1998), p. 23
- Campbell, Mike. "Popularity for the name Bridget". Behind the Name. Retrieved 14 February 2018.
- Campbell, Mike. "Names Related to Bridget". Behind the Name. Retrieved 14 February 2018.
- Manx First Names
- Rosenkrantz and Satran (2007), p. 40
- Rosenkrantz, Linda, and Satran, Pamela Redmond (2008). Cool Names for Babies. St. Martin's Griffin. ISBN 978-0-312-37786-1
- Todd, Loreto (1998). Celtic Names for Children. Irish American Book Company. ISBN 0-86278-556-1.
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