Brigitte: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Brigitte
Origin of the name Bridget:
Anglicized from of the Gaelic BrÍghid, which is believed to be derived from brÍgh (strength). The name was borne by an ancient Celtic goddess, by St. Bridget of Kildar (451? - 523), an Irish abbess and patron saint of Ireland, and by St. Birgitta (1302? - 73), a Swedish nun and founder of the Order of the Brigittines.
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I named my daughter Brigitte. Both my aunt and my sister are Brigittes, however their names are pronounced the German way: Bri-GIT-te. My daughter's name is pronounced the French way. I had no idea how impossible it is to get an American to pronounce her name correctly. Most either call her Bridget or after they hear me pronounce it will still mispronounce it and say "Bri-JEET" - it should be "Bri-ZHEET"
It is very unique in the United States and she never meets other girls with her name. It was amazing for her, one day, when we met another (adult) Brigitte who was from Quebec, Canada. She always gets the comment of having a beautiful name, unfortunately it has to be said 2 or 3 times before people catch on to what we're saying.
Another great thing about her name is that nobody shortens into it or changes it into another name. Little kids, who sometimes cannot yet pronounce her name will just go with 'gitte and leave of the Bri part.
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French and German variant of Bridget, meaning "strength". Other variants are Brigitta (Scandinavian) and Birgit (North German/Danish).
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Brigitte Bardot, French actress
Brigitte Nielsen, Danish actress
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My sister-in-law is named Brigitte..over the many years she has changed the pronunciation MANY times...from the original Bri-gitt'-ta to Brid-jeet', to Bri-Geet'-ta. I still call her by her 'original' name, Bri-gitt-ta, The family is from Berlin and are immigrants to this county. I go by what her mother calls her!