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Quick Facts on Bernadette

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • French
  • Number of syllables:
  • 3
  • Ranking popularity:
  • N/A
Simple meaning:
Brave bear

Characteristics of Bernadette

  • Dependable
  • Solid
  • Practical
  • Hard-working
  • Industrious
  • Studious
  • Conservative

Etymology & Historical Origin - Bernadette

Bernadette is the French female form of Bernard ultimately derived from Bernhard, an ancient Germanic masculine name meaning “bold as a bear” from the Old High German elements “bero” (bear) and “hard” (hardy, bold, brave). The Olde English cognate, Beornheard, was replaced with Bernard after the arrival of the Normans. The name was most famously borne by an 11th century Alp-dwelling monk, Bernard of Menthon, who dedicated himself to converting the people of the Alps to Christianity (an isolated group still displaying practices of the old pagan traditions). He is best remembered for setting up “traveler safe houses” for French and German pilgrims going to Rome over the St. Bernard Pass (a very treacherous pass between Switzerland and Italy). The very large working-dog known as the St. Bernard was named after this saint; the breed was used to find and fetch people in perilous conditions. The pooch would mercifully show up donning a “brandy barrel” around his neck in order to keep the suffering warm while they awaited rescue. Further cementing Bernard’s “holiness” was another prominent 12th century theologian and Doctor of the Church, Saint Bernard of Clairvaux. It was common practice during the Middle Ages to name one’s child after important saints as a way of honoring the saint and protecting the baby. Female versions of masculine name were thus created for baby girls. However, it wasn’t the 11th century St. Bernard so much behind the success of Bernadette as was St. Bernadette – a hugely famous 19th century French saint known for witnessing an apparition of the Virgin Mary in Lourdes (Lourdes has since become one of the largest pilgrimage sites among Roman Catholics). See historical references below for more information on St. Bernadette. As a female personal name, Bernadette has shown great success among practicing Catholics over the years (particularly among the French). However, in more recent times, Bernadette has fallen out of circulation. The name no longer appears on the popularity charts in France or any English-speaking country.

Popularity of the Name Bernadette

Bernadette has never been a Top 100 favorite, but she did enjoy moderate success during the late 19th century and most of the 20th century. The 1940s were definitely Bernadette’s most popular years when the name briefly claimed Top 200 ranking. She even did well during the 1950s and 60s. For whatever reason, however, Bernadette dropped in popularity pretty quickly in the 1980s and 1993 is the last year she would claim Top 1000 standing. In 2012, for instance, only 88 baby girls were given the name Bernadette. Largely off the American radar today, this little French beauty and “brave bear” is pretty much up for grabs. The name is both pretty and strong. And right now it’s hugely neglected. Bernie is a cute nickname.
Popularity of the Girl Name Bernadette
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Bernadette

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Bernadette

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Bernadette

    Bernadette We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Bernadette.

  • Popular Songs on Bernadette

    Popular Songs on Bernadette

    Bernadette - a song by Arthur Umbgrove

    Bernadette - a song by The Kinks

    Bernadette - a song by Paul Simon

    Bernadette - a song by The Four Tops

    Little Bernadette - a song by Harry Belafonte

    Pictures of Bernadette - a song by Talk Talk

    Song of Bernadette - a song by Aaron Neville

    Song of Bernadette - a song by Bette Midler

    Song of Bernadette - a song by Jennifer Warnes

    Song of Bernadette - a song by Leonard Cohen

    The Village of St. Bernadette - a song by Andy Williams

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Bernadette

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Bernadette

    Bernadette in the Doghouse (Susan Glickman) - After her triumph at the science fair—winning a special award even though she wasn't technically old enough to enter—Bernadette is ready to continue on with grade three. Her friendship with Annie, Keisha and Megan—also known as "the Lunch Bunch"—continues to blossom. They even befriend an elderly neighbor, Mrs. March, and her dog, Lady. After helping Mrs. Marsh with her garden, Bernadette is rewarded with her heart's desire, a puppy from Lady's new litter. When Bernadette's best friend Jasmine comes to visit for the Christmas holidays, Bernadette is thrilled. They go to the science center and conduct an experiment where they turn snow into ice cream. Bernadette is so happy to be spending time with Jasmine that she ignores all of her new friends. Annie, Keisha and Megan are not impressed, and Bernadette has to work hard to realize her mistake, and to prove to the Lunch Bunch that she values their friendship. Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Bernadette: The Little Girl from Lourdes (Sophie Maraval-Hutin ) - “Perhaps you have already heard about Lourdes, a little town in the French Pyrenees Mountains famous all over the world. Thousands of Christians go there every year to pray. Sick people from all countries come in the hope of being cured. And yet, a hundred and fifty years ago, Lourdes was a very little village, and Bernadette, the one who started it all, was just a very simple girl of fourteen." So begins the story of Bernadette and her amazing encounters with the Blessed Virgin Mary. Young readers will enjoy the lovely watercolors and lively text, as they are introduced to the simple girl whose visions of a "beautiful Lady" resulted in the discovery of a miraculous spring. Illustrated. Recommended for ages 6-14.

    I'm Bernadette! (Emily Grace Ortega) - Bernadette doesn’t know what to do when the principal, Sister Teresa Jerome, announces that her school will celebrate All Saints’ Day with saint costumes. That means no Halloween costumes and no princess dress for Bernadette! Everyone else is excited about finding a great saint costume. But Bernadette doesn’t want to think about it. And to make things worse, her two younger brothers seem to be determined to make trouble for her at home! But with the help of her family, she’s hoping to find the best saint for the first annual All Saints’ Day parade! Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Paul Meets Bernadette (Rosy Lamb) - Visual humor sweetens an artful tale about a fish who suddenly sees everything a new way — thanks to a charismatic companion. Paul is a fish who used to go around in circles. He made big circles and little circles. He circled from left to right and from right to left. He circled from top to bottom and from bottom to top. What else was there to do? Until one day Bernadette drops in and shows Paul that there is a whole world out there, right outside his bowl, with so many things to see. A banana-shaped boat! A blue elephant with a spout-like trunk (be quiet when she’s feeding her babies)! A lovely lunetta butterfly, with tortoise-shell rims! Simple saturated paintings play off this charming ode to an active imagination — and the way that life changes when a bewitching creature opens your eyes. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    The One and Only Bernadette P. McMullen (Colleen Murray Fisher) - This book promotes appreciating who you are, as well as accepting others. Does liking peanut butter and pickle sandwiches, or painting with your toes, or even having an imaginary friend make a person strange? That's what the kids say about Bernadette, but when Bernadette meets Sophie, a new neighbor, Bernadette realizes that her uniqueness is nothing strange at all. Recommended for ages 4-8.

  • Famous People Named Bernadette

    Famous People Named Bernadette

    Famous People Named Bernadette - St. Bernadette (19th century French saint); Bernadette Peters (actress/singer); Bernadette Devlin McAliskey (British politician); Bernadette Lafont (French actress); Bernadette O'Brien (girl crushed to death at a Smashing Pumpkins concern in Ireland); Bernadette Chirac (French politician); Bernadette (Bernie) Nolan (Irish entertainer)

  • Children of Famous People Named Bernadette

    Children of Famous People Named Bernadette

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Bernadette - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Bernadette.

  • Historic Figures

    Bernadette - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Saint Bernadette (7 Jan 1844 – 16 Apr 1879) - St. Bernadette Soubirous is a highly popular and venerated saint in the Catholic hierarchy, commonly referred to as St. Bernadette of Lourdes. Bernadette was born into a poor family in Lourdes, France, and spent an uneventful, if impoverished, childhood. Then, when she was fourteen, she and a sister were gathering wood near a river when Bernadette espied a beautiful young woman, dressed in white, emerging from a nearby grotto. The lady did not have much to say that first day; she only prayed the rosary along with Bernadette. On subsequent visits, however, the beautiful lady told Bernadette that she was the “Immaculate Conception”. She also told the young girl to dig in the dirt (and water sprang forth), to instruct the local priests to erect a church on the spot, and to spread the word about the need for repentance in a sinful world. Bernadette stuck to her story for the few weeks of her visions; naturally, this caused great curiosity among the villagers, dismay on the part of law enforcers, and consternation on the part of the Church. Such attention was centered on the little town, especially on Bernadette, that she entered a convent and prepared to become a nun. Never in strong health, Bernadette suffered greatly from a respiratory ailment (probably asthma) and died at the age of thirty-five. Her fame and that of her village grew even stronger after her death. Today almost five million pilgrims visit the holy site of Our Lady of Lourdes in hope of cures from illnesses, and there are some documented cases of otherwise unexplainable “miraculous” recoveries. Bernadette was declared a saint in 1933. We just can’t help adding one amusing little side note: in the 1943 film, The Song of Bernadette, the lovely Jennifer Jones received an Oscar for her portrayal of Bernadette, while Linda Darnell, one of the most scandal-ridden B-movie actresses on the Hollywood scene, made an uncredited appearance as the Blessed Virgin. Oh, irony, thy name is everywhere….

Personality of the Girl Name Bernadette

The number Four personality is marked by stability and discipline. This is the personality that follows the rules and is conservative by nature.  They have an earth-bound energy that prefers to build things methodically on top of firm foundations; they don't cut corners. Fours take their time and don't like to be hurried. But the outcome of their endeavors is likely to result in some strong and useful structure, which makes them great engineers and inventors. Fours are anything but frivolous or controversial. This is a trustworthy, straight-forward personality that embodies dedication and organization. They are the backbone and anchor in their relationships, careers and communities. They are tidy, punctual, and full of integrity. Hard-work comes naturally to a Four and they are immensely reliable. This is the personality you can always count on.

Variations of the Baby Name - Bernadette

  • No Variations Found.
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