What does Bernadette mean?
Bernadette \b(e)-rna-dette, bernad(et)-te\ as a girls' 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 variants: 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 last name for both adults and children (#65661 out of 88799, Top 74%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Shown below is the baby name popularity of Bernadette for girls. Bernadette reached its apex position of #240 in the U.S. during 1940-1949, but is not found in the list currently. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
Popular related forms of Bernadette are Bennie, Bernadine, Bernardine, Bernita and Lourdes. These girl names were at the peak of their popularity during 1940-1949 and are now much less widespread, with the forms Bennie, Bernadette, Bernadine and Lourdes becoming less in vogue. Below is a graphed analysis of the usage of the girl name Bernadette and corresponding names. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)