Name: Bridget

Origin and Meaning of the Name Bridget

  • Meaning:
    The exalted one
  • Origin:
  • Meaning:
    The exalted one
  • Origin:
  • Gender:
    Girl
  • Pronunciation:
    (BRIJ it)
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Miscellaneous Info for Bridget

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  • Used in:
    English speaking countries
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    Bríd was the name of a Celtic fire goddess. St Brigid or Bridget of Kildare was a 5th century saint, who formed the monastery at Kildare. Many of the qualities associated with Bríd have since become associated with her.

    St Bridget or Birgitta of Sweden was a 14th century Swedish princess. She made various pilgrimages to Compostela, Palestine and Rome, and built a monastery for nuns later known as the Bridgettines. She was made one of the patron saints of Europe by Pope John Paul II.

    Famous Bridgets include actresses Bridget Fonda and Bridget Moynahan and artist Bridget Riley. 'Bridget Jones's Diary' is a book by Helen Fielding. The film version starred Renee Zellweger.

    Bridget and it's nickname Biddy were so frequently used on Irish women, that Biddy become a nickname for any Irish girl.

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