"brave as a bear"

Bernadette Origin and Meaning

The name Bernadette is a girl's name of German, French origin meaning "brave as a bear".

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.

# 893 in the US

Bernadette Rank in US Top 1000

# 585 on Nameberry

Bernadette Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Bernadette Popularity

Famous People Named Bernadette

  • Saint Bernadette SoubirousFrench mystic and visionary of Our Lady of Lourdes
  • Bernadette PetersAmerican actress and singer
  • Bernadette (Kraakman)Danish pop singer
  • Bernadette Anne "Pixie" McKennaIrish physician and TV presenter
  • Bernadette LafontFrench actress
  • Bernadette Chiracwife of former French President Jacques Chirac
  • Bernadette DupontFrench Senator
  • Bernadette BourzaiFrench Senator
  • Bernadette YaoAmerican actor
  • Imelda Mary Philomena Bernadette StauntonEnglish actress
  • Shona Bernadette McGartyEnglish actress
  • Sinead Marie Bernadette O'ConnorIrish singer,songwriter
  • Bernadette Bannerhistorical costumer and YouTube creater

Bernadette in Pop Culture

  • Bernadette Maryann RostenkowskiWolowitz, character on TV's "The Big Bang Theory"
  • Bernadette Foxmain character in "Where'd You Go, Bernadette?" by Maria Semple
  • Sister Bernadette (later Shelagh Turner)character on TV's "Call the Midwife"
  • Bernadette Ezkeniazkicharacter in the movie "No Reservations"
  • Bernadette StablerEliott Stabler's mother on TV's "Law and Order; SVU"
  • "Bernadette" song by The Four Tops
  • "Bernadette" song by IAMX
  • "Bernadette" song by Paul Simon
  • "Bernadette" song by The Kinks