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

The name Bernadette is a girl's name of German, French origin meaning "brave as a bear". Bernadette and is often added to lists like Saints' Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "Middle name for a First name!".

From the experts:

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 MarySaint 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

Saint Bernadette Soubirous, French mystic and visionary of Our Lady of Lourdes
Bernadette Peters, American actress and singer
Bernadette (Kraakman), Danish pop singer
Bernadette Anne "Pixie" McKenna, Irish physician and TV presenter
Bernadette Lafont, French actress
Bernadette Chirac, wife of former French President Jacques Chirac
Bernadette Dupont, French Senator
Bernadette Bourzai, French Senator
Imelda Mary Philomena Bernadette Staunton, English actress
Shona Bernadette McGarty, English actress
Sinead Marie Bernadette O'Connor, Irish singer-songwriter
BernNadette Stanis, American actress

Pop Culture References for the name Bernadette

Bernadette Maryann Rostenkowski-Wolowitz, character on TV's "The Big Bang Theory"
Bernadette Fox, main character in "Where'd You Go, Bernadette?" by Maria Semple
Sister Bernadette (later Shelagh Turner), character on TV's "Call the Midwife"
Bernadette Ezkeniazki, character in the movie "No Reservations"
Bernadette Stabler, Eliott 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

Bernadette's International Variations

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