What does Bernadette mean?
Bernadette /ber-na-det-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.more]
How popular is Bernadette?
Bernadette is a very popular first name for females (#400 out of 4276, Top 9%) but a rare last name for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Demographics)
Shown below is the baby name popularity of Bernadette for girls. Bernadette reached its apex position of #240 in the U.S. in the 1940s, but is not found in the list currently. (Top Baby Names, 2014)
Popular related forms of Bernadette are Bennie, Bernadine, Bernardine, Bernita and Lourdes. These relations of Bernadette were popular with parents during 1940-1949 (adoption of 0.33%) and are now less widespread, with the forms Bennie, Bernadette, Bernadine and Lourdes becoming less in vogue.
Recommended similar baby names are Babette, Barbette, Berneece, Bernelle, Bradee, Brandelle, Brendette, Brette, Bridgette, Briette, Brigette, Briggette, Brygette, Burnet, Burnett, Cadette, Jennette, Kenadee, Margarette, Marnette, Reinette, Renette, Venusette, Vernetta and Vernette. These names tend to be less commonly used than Bernadette.