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Gender: Female Meaning of Brigid: "strength or exalted one" Origin of Brigid: Irish variation of Brighid

The name Brigid is a girl's name of Irish origin meaning "strength or exalted one". Brigid and is often added to lists like Mythology Baby Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "Girls Makeover - Two Middles".

From the experts:

Brigid is the simpler Irish version of the name of the goddess of fire, which may also be spelled Brighid. Other variations include Bridget, the most usual spelling in the U.S., and the French Brigitte.

The most famous female saint of Ireland is the fifth century Brigid, who was abbess of Kildare and is the patron saint of scholars. Because of her sanctity, her name did not come into common use in Ireland until the eighteenth century, after which it became wildly popular, eventually used as a generic name for an Irishwoman.

According to Irish myth, there were three sister goddesses named Brigid: the goddess of poetry, the goddess of healing, and the goddess of agriculture.

The ancient Brigid may not be exactly stylish but it's beautiful and strong, a true Irish classic.

Nicknames include Bridie, Bidelia, Biddy, and Breda.

In literature (and film), Brigid is the devious character in The Maltese Falcon.

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Famous People Named Brigid

Saint Brigid of Kildare, patron saint of Ireland
Brigid Harrington, American actress and singer
Brigid Mary Bazlen, American actress
Brigid Brannagh, American actress
Brigid Berlin, American artist and Warhol factory girl
Brigid Antonia Brophy, Lady Levey, British novelist
Angela Brigid Lansbury, English actress

Pop Culture References for the name Brigid

Brigid, character in the Gemma Doyle trilogy by Libba Bray


Mhill46 Says:


Agree, I think this has a much prettier sound.

Ziraleet Says:


I like the softer 'id' sound, more than the abrupt 'et' sound of sister name Bridget.

brigid Says:


my name is Brigid and i have to do that every time my teachers say my name im use to people saying my name wrong

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vintageisfave Says:


I love this name, but I would fear that a little Brigid would be constantly spelling out her name to teachers and saying, "It's Brigid, not Bridget."