Meaning and name origin
Bernadette \b(e)-rna-dette, bernad(et)-te\ as a girl's name is pronounced ber-na-DET. It is of French and Old German origin, and the meaning of Bernadette is "strong, brave bear". Feminine of Bernard. Saint Bernadette Soubirous (19th century) was a French peasant girl who had visions of the Virgin Mary and uncovered a spring near Lourdes where miraculous cures are sought. The 1943 movie "Song of Bernadette" made it popular among Catholic families. Actress Bernadette Peters.
Bernadette▼ has 31 variant forms: Benadette, Bennie▼, Benny, Bera, Beradette, Berna, Bernadea, Bernadeena, Bernadene, Bernadet, Bernadett, Bernadetta, Bernadin, Bernadina, Bernadine▼, Bernadotte, Bernadyna, Bernaetta, Bernarda, Bernardette, Bernardina, Bernardine, Bernee, Bernessa, Berneta, Bernetta, Bernette, Bernie, Bernina, Bernita and Berny.
Bernadette is a very popular first name for females (#400 out of 4276, Top 9%) and a slightly less popular surname or last name for all people (#65661 out of 88799, Top 74%) (Source: 2000 U.S. Population Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Bernadette for girls. Bernadette reached its highest rank of #240 in the U.S. in 1940-1949 (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Bernadette and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Bernita, Lourdes, Bernardine, Bernadine, Bernadette and Bennie. (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).