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GenderFeminine
PronouncedPron.bir-YIT-tah Swedish
bir-GIT-tah Swedish
BEER-geet-tah Finnish
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Meaning & History

Most likely a Scandinavian form of BRIDGET via the Latinized form Brigitta. Alternatively it could be a feminine derivative of BIRGER. This is the name of the patron saint of Europe, Birgitta of Sweden, the 14th-century founder of the Bridgettine nuns. Her father's name was Birger.
VariantsBerit, Birgit Swedish Berit, Birgit, Birgitte Norwegian Berit, Birgit, Birgitte Danish Piritta Finnish
DiminutivesBrita, Britt, Britta, Gittan Swedish Brit, Brita, Britt, Britta Norwegian Birte, Birthe, Brita, Britt, Britta, Gitte Danish Brita, Pirjo, Pirkko, Priita, Riitta Finnish
Other Languages & CulturesBrigita Croatian Brigitta Dutch Bridget, Bee, Biddy, Bridgette, Delia English Birita Faroese Brigitte French Birgit, Brigitta, Brigitte, Gitta German Brigitta Hungarian Breda, Bríd, Bride, Bridget, Brighid, Bedelia, Biddy, Bidelia, Bridie, Brigid Irish Bridget, Brighid, Brigit, Brigid Irish Mythology Brigida Italian Brigita Latvian Breeshey Manx Brygida Polish Brígida Portuguese Brigita Slovene Brígida Spanish Ffraid Welsh

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Entry updated January 10, 2017   Contribute