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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.

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Famous People Named Bernadette

Bernadette Peters, American Broadway actress/singer
Imelda Mary Philomena Bernadette Staunton, British actress
Shona Bernadette McGarty, English actress
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Sinéad Marie Bernadette O'Connor, Irish singer-songwriter

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, from the movie "No Reservations"

Bernadette's International Variations

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