BIRGITTA
GENDER: Feminine
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.
Related Names
VARIANTS: Birgit, Berit (Swedish), Birgit, Birgitte, Berit (Norwegian), Birgit, Birgitte, Berit (Danish), Piritta (Finnish)
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)