PRONOUNCED: bir-YIT-tah (Swedish), bir-GIT-tah (Swedish), BEER-geet-tah (Finnish) [key]
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.
DIMINUTIVES: Brita, Britt, Britta, Gittan (Swedish), Brit, Brita, Britt, Britta (Norwegian), Birte, Birthe, Brita, Britt, Britta, Gitte (Danish), Brita, Pirjo, Pirkko, Priita, Riitta (Finnish) OTHER LANGUAGES: Brigita (Croatian), Brigitta (Dutch), Bridget, Bee, Biddy, Bridgette, Delia (English), Birita (Faroese), Brigitte (French), 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), Brigida (Spanish), Ffraid (Welsh) |