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Gender: F Meaning of Bernadette: "brave as a bear" Origin of Bernadette: German

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Although feminizations ending in 'ette' are not particularly popular now, Bernadette is a pleasant, feminine, but strong name that doesn't feel prohibitively dated. And though strongly associated with the saint who saw visions of the Virgin Mary--Saint Bernadette of Lourdes--it is now no longer strictly inhabiting the Catholic diocese.

Bernadette was much more widely used at one time than it is now. The year after Saint Bernadette was canonized, her name reached Number 252, and not long after the successful film The Song of Bernadette was released, it hit Number 188 in 1946.

Bernadette Peters is a contemporary bearer, and Minnie Driver's breakthrough film role was as Bernadette 'Benny' Hogan in Circle of Friends.

Famous People Named Bernadette

Saint Bernadette Soubirous, French mystic and visionary of Our Lady of Lourdes
Bernadette Peters, American actress/singer
Imelda Mary Philomena Bernadette Staunton, English actress
Shona Bernadette McGarty, English actress
Bernadette Anne "Pixie" McKenna, Irish TV doctor
Sinead Marie Bernadette O'Connor, Irish singer-songwriter
Bernadette Lafont, French New Wave actress
Bernadette Chirac, wife of former French President Jacques Chirac

Pop Culture References for the Name Bernadette

Bernadette Maryann Rostenkowski, character in TV's "The Big Bang Theory"
"Where'd You Go, Bernadette?," novel by Maria Semple
Sister Bernadette, character on BBC series "Call the Midwife"
Bernadette Ezkeniazki, character in the movie "No Reservations"
"Bernadette," song by The Four Tops

Bernadette's International Variations

Bernadett (Hungarian) Berneen (Irish) Bernardetta (Italian) Bernardita (Spanish)