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What does Bridget mean?

Bridget Pronunciation of Bridget [brid-get] as a girls' name is pronounced BRIH-jet. It is of Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Bridget is "exalted one". Anglicized form of the Gaelic name Brighid (pronounced "breed"). Mythology: an Irish goddess. Saint Brigid of Kildare is patroness of Ireland (fifth century). Saint Bridget of Sweden (14th century) was a noblewoman who founded an order of nuns, the Bridgettines. Opera celebrity Biddy Nilsson; actresses Bridie Bardot, Bridie Nielsen, Bridget Fonda; model Bridget Hall.

Associated with: gaelic, exalted, mythology, goddess, nuns (monk), opera.


Bridget has 72 variants: Beret, Berett, Berget, Bergett, Bergette, Biddie, Biddy, Birget, Birgett, Birgit, Birgitt, Birgitta, Birgitte, Birkita, Birkitta, Birkitte, Birte, Bitta, Breda, Briddgett, Bride, Bridee, Bridey, Bridgete, Bridgett, Bridgette, Bridgid, Bridgit, Bridgitte, Bridgot, Bridi, Bridie, Bridy, Brietta, Briget, Brigett, Brigette, Briggette, Briggitte, Brighid, Bright, Brigid, Brigida, Brigidine, Brigit, Brigita, Brigitt, Brigitta, Brigitte, Brijet, Brijit, Brijitte, Brita, Brites, Britt, Britta, Britte, Brydget, Brydgit, Brydgitta, Brydgitte, Brydie, Brydjette, Brydjitt, Bryget, Brygette, Brygid, Brygit, Brygitte, Bryjet, Bryjit and Labridget.

Related girl names: Bedelia and Bree.

1 more relation via Biddy, Birgit, Brigitte: Byrget.

Creative forms:
(female) Braget, Brayget, ..

(male) Bridley, Bridt, ..

Middle name pairings:
Bridget Aliyah (B.A.), ..

How popular is Bridget?

Bridget is a very prominent first name for females (#369 out of 4276, Top 9%) and also a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#61713 out of 150436, Top 41%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Bridget reached its apex rank of #153 in the U.S. during 1970-1979, and is at #537 presently. (2015 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Bridget name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Bridget outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Bree (#1143 in 2015), Bridgette (#1531), Brigitte (#1632), Britt, Britta, Brigid, Biddie, Brigette and Bridgett are the prominent varying forms of Bridget (#537 in 2015) ranked in the Top 2000. These forms of Bridget were popular as birth names during 1970-1979 (average #1053) and have become significantly less widespread since, with forms like Bridgette going out of style.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Bridget, Biddie, Bree, Bridgett, Bridgette in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Brigette, Brigid, Brigitte, Britt, Britta in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Bridget and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Recommended names are Beige, Bradee, Bradie, Bradlea, Bradlee, Bradley, Bret, Briane, Brid, Bridnee (see Brittany), Bridney, Brie, Brier, Briet, Brieta, Brighe, Briley, Brilie (see Briley), Briney, Brinley, Brione, Brit, Britney, Britten, Brodie and Padget. These names tend to be less frequently used than Bridget.

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