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Gender: F Meaning of Brigid: "strength or exalted one" Origin of Brigid: Irish variation of Brighid

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Brigid is the simpler Irish version of the name of the goddess of fire, which may also be spelled Brighid. Other variations include Bridget, the most usual spelling in the U.S., and the French Brigitte.

The most famous female saint of Ireland is the fifth century Brigid, who was abbess of Kildare and is the patron saint of scholars. Because of her sanctity, her name did not come into common use in Ireland until the eighteenth century, after which it became wildly popular, eventually used as a generic name for an Irishwoman.

According to Irish myth, there were three sister goddesses named Brigid: the goddess of poetry, the goddess of healing, and the goddess of agriculture.

The ancient Brigid may not be exactly stylish but it's beautiful and strong, a true Irish classic.

Nicknames include Bridie, Bidelia, Biddy, and Breda.

In literature (and film), Brigid is the devious character in The Maltese Falcon.

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