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Meaning & History

Anglicized form of the Irish name Brighid which means "exalted one". In Irish mythology this was the name of the goddess of fire, poetry and wisdom, the daughter of the god Dagda. In the 5th century it was borne by Saint Brigid, the founder of a monastery at Kildare and a patron saint of Ireland. Because of the saint, the name was considered sacred in Ireland, and it did not come into general use there until the 17th century. In the form Birgitta this name has been common in Scandinavia, made popular by the 14th-century Saint Birgitta of Sweden, patron saint of Europe.
VariantsBreda, Bríd, Bride, Brighid, Brigid Irish Bridgette English Brighid, Brigid, Brigit Irish Mythology
DiminutivesBedelia, Biddy, Bidelia Irish Bee, Biddy English
Other Languages & CulturesBrigita Croatian Birgit, Birgitta, Birgitte, Berit, Birte, Birthe, Brita, Britt, Britta, Gitte Danish Brigitta Dutch Birita Faroese Birgitta, Piritta, Brita, Pirjo, Pirkko, Priita, Riitta Finnish Brigitte French Birgit, Brigitta, Brigitte, Gitta German Brigitta Hungarian Birgitta Icelandic Brigida Italian Brigita Latvian Breeshey Manx Birgit, Birgitta, Birgitte, Berit, Brit, Brita, Britt, Britta Norwegian Brygida Polish Brígida Portuguese Brigita Slovene Brígida Spanish Birgit, Birgitta, Berit, Brita, Britt, Britta, Gittan Swedish Ffraid Welsh


Depiction of Saint Brigid of KildareDepiction of Saint Brigid of Kildare


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Entry updated July 2, 2017   Contribute