The name Bridget is a girl's name of Irish origin meaning "strength or exalted one". Bridget is ranked #674 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Saints' Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "Drop 3 Add 2 Girls Names".
From the experts:
One of the earliest Irish names for girlsto immigrate to the USA, Bridget, the most familiar form of the name of the Celtic goddess of wisdom, is still used by traditionalists but also carries some modern spark and a great meaning.
Bridget is the name of the most famous female saint of Ireland, who became the patroness of her country, as well as patron saint of scholars, poets and healers. Because of her sanctity, the name did not come into common use in Ireland until the seventeenth century, after which it became wildly popular. Bridget was eventually used as a generic name -- and not a flattering one -- for an Irishwoman; Irish maids in the early 20th century US were derogatorily called "the Bridgets".
According to Irish myth, there were three sister goddesses named Brigid: the goddess of poetry, the goddess of healing, and the goddess of agriculture.
Most prominent Bridgets today are actresses Fonda and Moynahan, op artist Bridget Riley, and the fictional hapless Bridget Jones--she and her diary the protagonist of four books, three movies, and even a musical.
Irish variants include Brighid, Brigid (as in the devious character in The Maltese Falcon), Bridie, Biddy, Brid and Bedelia.