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Gender: Female Meaning of Bridget: "strength or exalted one" Origin of Bridget: Anglicized variation of Gaelic Brighid Bridget's Popularity in 2017: #674

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 Classic Baby Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "Themed Families..".

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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 one of the exclusive group of girl names that mean strong, brave, or powerful.

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.

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Famous People Named Bridget

Saint Bridget of Sweden, 14th century mystic
Bridget Cromwell Ireton, Oliver Cromwell's favourite daughter, wife of Major-General Henry Ireton
Bridget Jane Fonda, American actress
Bridget Hall, American supermodel
Bridget Christina Marquardt, American model and reality TV star
(Kathryn) Bridget Moynahan, American actress and model
Bridget Catherine Regan, American actress
Bridget Elizabeth Sloan, American gymnast
Bridget Malcolm, Australian model
Bridget Monroe Pope (b. 2014), daughter of TV personality Rosie Pope

Pop Culture References for the name Bridget

Bridget Jones, main character in Bridget Jones's Diary series
Bridget Vreeland, character in the The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
Bridget Hennessy, character on TV's "8 Simple Rules"
Bridget, character in movie "Coney Island Baby"
Bridget Kelly, character on TV series "Ringer"
Bridget, character in Moms' Night Out
Bridget Tice, character in the YouTube series "Most Popular Girls in School"
Bridget Barsamian, main character in "Goodbye Stranger" by Rebecca Stead
Bridget, giraffe character in the animated film The Wild
Bridget Forrester, character in American soap The Bold and the Beautiful
Bridget, character in the video game series Guilty Gear
Bridget, Irish mouse in animated film "An American Tail"
Satellizer el Bridget, character from the manga/anime "Freezing"
Bridget/Sacha/Sascha/Lola Evans, character in the TV series "extr@"

Biddy, Bridgitte, Bree, Bridey, Bidu, Bridgie, Brigit, Bridgit, Brie, Bridie, Brigita

Bridget's International Variations

Bríd, Breda, Brighid, Brigid, Bride (Irish) Piritta, Riitta, Pirjo, Pirkko (Finnish) Ffraid (Welsh) Brygid, Brygida (Polish) Gitta (German) Birgitta, Bridgette (Scandinavian) Gittan, Brita, Brigitta, Berget, Britta, Britt (Swedish) Brigitte (French) Birte, Birgitte, Berit, Birgit (Norwegian) Brigida (Italian)