Girl Baby Name

Bridget

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Quick Facts on Bridget

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • Celtic, Gaelic, Irish
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 523
Pronunciation:
BRIJ-ət
Simple meaning:
Exalted one; The High Goddess

Characteristics of Bridget

  • Inspirational
  • Highly Intuitive
  • Spiritual Teacher
  • Extremely Bright
  • Uplifting
  • Truth-seeker

Etymology & Historical Origin - Bridget

Bridget is arguably the most successful female name of all time within Celtic communities. The name is related to the Celtic noun “brígh” meaning ‘power, strength, vigor and virtue’. There are compelling reasons for the popularity of the name Bridget most notably among the Irish people. In Irish mythology, Brighid was an important pagan deity foremost associated with fire: the fire of inspiration and poetry; of healing and fertility; and of blacksmith and martial arts. She was born at the hours of dawn and lit up the sky with her fiery flames. She was the daughter of Dagda, the all-powerful “father god” and protector of the tribe, and she was the wife of Bres, man-god of agriculture. Her name means “exalted one” or “the high goddess” from the Celtic word “breed”. In some legends, Brighid is said to have forged Excalibur (King Arthur’s sword) due to her fiery smithcraft skills. Brighid and Bres came from two warring tribes in Ireland. They hoped their union would put an end to the bad blood that existed between the clans. Together they had three warrior sons, one of whom (Ruadan) was killed on the battlefield. This event sent Brighid into such deep morning and acute lament – her grief was enormous. Her keening and heart rendering howls were said to have been heard throughout Ireland which effected unity among the Celts. Later, as Christianity mixed with the ancient paganism of the Gaelic Celts, Brighid became known as Muime Chriosd, "Foster-Mother of Christ" and was said to have swaddled the baby Jesus at Mary’s hour of weakness. By medieval times, praying to Brighid brought protection and she was said to have leaned over every cradle watching over newborn babies. The legends and lore of this illustrious goddess continue to this day and is perhaps the most well-known of all Gaelic deities. This lovely “Flame of Ireland” will forever burn brightly. Eventually, as Christianity took over Ireland, the goddess Brighid was fused with and adapted into the cult of Saint Brigit. The 4th and 5th century Saint Brigit is one of Ireland’s patron saints and probably second in popularity among the Irish people after St. Patrick. Indeed, she is one of the most powerful religious figures in Irish history. Her parents were baptized by St. Patrick himself and she formed a close bond with this important Irish character. The pious Saint Brigit was drawn into religious life early and “took the veil” (i.e. became a nun) in her youth. She is known for her extraordinary spirituality, boundless generosity to the poor and deep compassion for those in distress. At the age of 17, Brigit became the first Irish Abbess of a convent she herself founded in Kildare. Her clean living obviously had an impact on her longevity as St. Brigit died in Kildare on February 1, 524 past the age of 70. In the 9th century amidst Scandinavian raids in Ireland, St. Brigit’s relics were purportedly taken to the tomb of St. Patrick where they remain alongside her fellow Irish patron saint. Given the pagan goddess and the Christian St. Brigit’s enduring importance in Ireland, it’s no surprise that the name has come to us in many forms: Bríd, Brighid, Brigid, Brigit, Breda, Bride (Irish); Bridget, Bridgette (English); Brigitte (French); Brigitta, Brigitte, Gitta, Gitte (German); Birgit, Brigitta, Brita, Britt, Gittan (Scandinavian); and Brígida (Spanish and Portuguese). Diminutives of this name include Biddy, Bridey and Bee.

Popularity of the Name Bridget

Not surprisingly, given the influence of the Irish in America, Bridget has maintained a spot on the female naming charts since the government first began tracking this information back in 1880. The name pretty much experienced low to moderate usage in the first half of the 20th century – mainly isolated to Irish immigrants relegated to domestic work and maid service. Her growth in popularity in the latter half of the 20th century was slow and deliberate. The high point of Bridget’s success was definitely during the 1970s, at which time she almost managed to achieve a spot on the Top 100 (she hit #112 in 1973). This name often shows up on the rolls in the state of Massachusetts where (not coincidentally) there exists the largest per capita population of Irish Americans. Like Erin, Caitlín, Ciara, Colleen, Sinéad or Siobhan – Bridget is a distinctively Irish female name. Although there is clearly crossover appeal and versions of this name exist in many different languages, Bridget is probably a name most appealing for parents of Irish descent – and proud of it! In fact, Bridget became a generic term for a woman from Ireland so connected is she to her Irish roots. Not only does Bridget mean “exalted one”, but she is a figure of much respect among Irish people adding evidence to her meaning. One of the most famous French actresses of the 1960s, Brigitte Bardot, added a dose of gorgeous sex-kitten to this name. One part saint, two parts sexy and three parts goddess. Is your baby girl a “high goddess”? We have no doubt that you believe so. We say go ahead – Embrace that inner Irish goddess!
Popularity of the Girl Name Bridget
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Bridget

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Bridget

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Bridget

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

  • Popular Songs on Bridget

    Popular Songs on Bridget

    Bridget O'Malley - an Irish song by Silly Wizard

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Bridget

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Bridget

    Bridget "Biddy" Mason: From Slave to Businesswoman (Jean Kinney Williams) - A biography profiling the life of Bridget ""Biddy"" Mason, a former slave who won her freedom in California, and later worked as a nurse and helped others. Includes source notes and timeline. Recommended for ages 10-14.

    Bridget and the Gray Wolves (Pija Lindenbaum) - A timid girl tames a wolf pack. Bridget is a very careful child. She never climbs on roofs or pets dogs or jumps over ditches. In fact, she's afraid of most things. But when Bridget gets lost and meets up with a pack of gray wolves in the deep, dark woods, she takes charge. First she makes them play even though they prefer to "lurk behind trees and snarl." They aren't much good at games, though. When their stomachs begin to growl, she feeds them her mud soup, and finally she puts them to bed after having sent them off to their peeing trees. Humorous, bold art-- little, freckled Bridget in her red, hooded sweatshirt, huge shaggy, gray wolves, and tall purple pines-- perfectly compliments this very funny tale. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Bridget and the Moose Brothers (Pija Lindenbaum) - Can moose be Bridget's brothers? Bridget is fed up with being an only child -- it's too quiet. If she just had a brother or a sister, she wouldn't feel so lonely. One day Bridget comes home to discover some moose sitting outside her building, and she decides to try them out as brothers. But the moose brothers don't turn out to be the sort of siblings she had in mind. Maybe peace and quiet is okay after all…This follow-up to Bridget and the Gray Wolves and Bridget and the Muttonheads is riotously funny and wild and will once again have readers both young and old laughing at Pija Lindenbaum's hilarious illustrations and Bridget's winning personality. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Bridget Fidget and The Most Perfect Pet (Joe Berger) - When a big box arrives one morning, Bridget Fidget leaps out of bed and spins down the stairs. She knows what's inside - a unicorn! After all, she's always wanted a pet unicorn, so it must be a pet unicorn. But inside the box is just another…smaller…box. And it's buzzing. This is no unicorn. But could it possibly be something even better? For all kids who've ever wanted what they couldn't have (because it's a mythical creature or just beyond the family budget), here's Bridget Fidget - the girl in a whirl who finally sees that even better things can come in unexpectedly small packages. Like Eloise and Olivia before her, Bridget's got moxie to spare. Recommended for ages 3-6.

    Bridget Jones's Diary (Helen Fielding) - Bridget Jones's Diary is the devastatingly self-aware, laugh-out-loud account of a year in the life of a thirty-something Singleton on a permanent doomed quest for self-improvement. Caught between the joys of Singleton fun, and the fear of dying alone and being found three weeks later half eaten by an Alsatian; tortured by Smug Married friends asking, "How's your love life" with lascivious, yet patronizing leers, Bridget resolves to reduce the circumference of each thigh by 1.5 inches, visit the gym three times a week not just to buy a sandwich, form a functional relationship with a responsible adult and learn to program the VCR. With a blend of flighty charm, existential gloom, and endearing self-deprecation, the diary has touched a raw nerve with millions of readers the world round. Read it, laugh and crash your head onto the table before you cry, "Bridget Jones is me!" The USA Today says: "Screamingly funny." Recommended for ages young adult.

    Bridget's Beret (Tom Lichtenheld) - Bridget loves to draw, and she likes to wear a beret for inspiration. So when her beloved hat blows away, Bridget searches for it high and low. She files a Missing Beret Report. She even considers other hats, but none of them feel quite right. It’s no use; without her beret, Bridget can’t seem to draw. How will she overcome her artist’s block? Make sure to check out Bridget’s notebook scribbles at the end of the book for her thoughts and facts on art! Bridget's Beret is a 2011 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Bridget's Book of Nursery Rhymes (Bridget Strevens-Marzo) - The marvelous world of classic nursery rhymes comes alive in exciting bursts of warmth and color. Contemporary illustrations are full of fun, adorable characters in this collection to treasure. Nursery rhymes include: Hickory Dickory Dock; Pat-a-Cake; Little Miss Muffet; Jack and Jill; Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star; Jack Be Nimble; Humpty Dumpty; Rain, Rain Go Away; and more. Recommended for ages 3-6.

  • Famous People Named Bridget

    Famous People Named Bridget

    Famous People Named Bridget - Bridget Fonda (actress); Bridget Hall (model); Bridget Moynahan (actress); Bridget Marquardt (reality TV); Brigitte Bardot (French actress)

  • Children of Famous People Named Bridget

    Children of Famous People Named Bridget

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Bridget - Gene Kelly (actor/entertainer); Anthony LaPaglia (actor); John McCain (politician); Peter Fonda (actor)

Personality of the Girl Name Bridget

The number 11 is a Master Number, and embodies heightened traits of the Two. This personality is on a life journey to find spiritual truth. They are extremely idealistic and intuitive. Elevens have a rare and exceptional spiritual energy that brings a sense of obligation to illuminate the world around them. It's a very powerful responsibility, but these people have far more potential than they know. It's important that they surrender to higher ideals. They have the capacity to see the bigger picture, and they possess the skills to inspire others spiritually. Elevens have strong diplomatic skills and can become great peacemakers. Master numbers can be both a blessing and a curse, as they walk the fine line between greatness and the potential for self-destruction.

Variations of the Baby Name - Bridget

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