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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 Girl Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Quick Question Thread?!".

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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)

Comments

CSB Says:

2019-03-13T04:25:40

My 8 month old twin girls are named Bridget & Cara, and I get nothing but positive comments on their names :) I call Bridget ' Baby Bridge" or "Bridgey"

Tigris Says:

2018-09-27T22:50:01

Alternatively could be spelled Bridgette, similar to Charlotte and other -ette/-otte names to add a more feminine flair.

loiswrenmatthews Says:

2018-09-02T16:23:41

I have always adored Bridget.

josephinedagnall Says:

2018-06-14T12:16:59

Bridget isn't German; it's Irish Gaelic.

Daiseymae Says:

2017-07-07T23:03:04

Such a sweet post.

Shelbi Says:

2017-06-25T21:42:57

I nannied the sweetest little baby Bridget last year while she was 3 to 11 months old. I hadn't particularly cared for the name before I started keeping her, but now I love it and would definitely use it on my own baby :)

danirose01 Says:

2017-03-10T21:09:41

I've always loved this name, although I prefer the traditional Brighid. Obviously for convenience reasons in the US, Bridget would be easier. But I made a friend a few years ago who's a Bridget and now I feel like I can't use it anymore because we aren't close enough for me to use her name. ):

Daiseymae Says:

2017-02-21T19:35:28

I always thought this was a very pretty sounding name.

paulapuddephatt Says:

2017-02-17T20:41:28

I'm starting to love this name.

Beth Webster Says:

2016-08-16T22:22:17

This is my cats name :D

Star_Girl Says:

2016-03-20T03:31:39

My mom and grandma aren't fond of German names so there is a chance that if I have a daughter, they might not want me to use it.

EW314 Says:

2016-02-10T10:54:04

"One of the spunkiest names", "unexpectedly abrupt", "jumping rhythm", "lively" - you've hit the nail on the head about why I love this name! I always think your comments are so apt every time I see them :)

Bridget IS super-spunky, I agree. It's derived from the name of the Gaelic goddess Brighid - goddess of fire, poetry and wisdom. NB gives the meaning of Brighid as "strength, power" - that's the sort of meaning I just LOVE to see for a girl's name, since all too often they have meanings like "beautiful", "chaste" or "pure". Fine, but not what I want my daughter to aspire to.

As a bonus, Bridget is very uncommon nowadays both in the US (536 in 2014) and UK (715 in 2014), but at the same time it's a very familiar name that everyone can pronounce and spell. For that reason, I'd stick with this spelling (lovely though Brighid, Brigid, Brigit, Brigitte, etc. are too).

Birdie is sweet and chirpy, but I have to say I find it a little too cute to age well. My personal favourite nickname for Bridget is the spunky and unexpected Jet.

headintheclouds Says:

2015-08-22T14:05:59

One of the spunkiest names ever, IMO! Bridget sounds rather unexpectedly abrupt when you say it, and there's a sort of jumping rhythm to it that makes it so lively. I once met a Bridget in the roller derby and I remember thinking it was such a fitting name for her energetic no-nonsense personality :) Birdie would be an adorable nickname for Bridget.

Samantha Says:

2015-07-26T02:56:40

My daughters name is Bridget and I'm so in love with this name! It's almost a name brushed under the rug, and very under rated. Everyone who asks her name says they always love it! I have loved this name since a teenager and I am so happy I got to the chance to use it on my beautiful daughter!!

Chloe14 Says:

2015-06-12T16:08:06

Bridget is such a pretty name!

AliciaDawn Says:

2015-02-18T08:43:05

I love this name! It's not "sticky" with vales as many popular girls names are and yet it still manages to keep its elegance and femininity all while sounding strong. With names like Charlotte and Scarlett becoming so popular Bridget wouldn't be out of place but it would still remain different. My mom almost named my this and I'm forever resentful that she didn't...

Saffron_Rice Says:

2014-12-13T12:22:06

Although associated with Ireland it's been used quietly in England since the middle ages - Bridget (Mrs Ireton) was Oliver Cromwell's favourite daughter.

Zoey_Artemisia Says:

2014-11-11T23:09:47

I much prefer Brighid or Brigid, but I would only use then as Middle names.

Mia42 Says:

2014-07-05T20:27:16

Bridget is one of the cutest girl names ever because it has great meaning, is a saints's name, and is cute. I also it ages well and I can picture a Bridget at any age! Bridget is hands down my favorite girl's name!

Theodora_Phoenix Says:

2014-05-26T20:44:45

Not sure why, but since I first heard this name, it sounded fake and plastic. For some reason, I can imagine it on a teen or preteen since I met a Bridget, but I can't imagine hearing it on a baby or toddler.