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Brighid (F)>

Brighid (female)

Variants:Berit (F) Birgit (F) Birgitta (F) Birgitte (F) Birthe (F) Bridget (F) Brigid (F) Brigida (F) Brigit (F) Brigitta (F) Brigitte (F)
Diminutive(s):Brid (F) Bride (F)
Source(s): The Oxford Names Companion, OUP

Gaelic, Anglicized as Bridget.

There was an ancient Celtic Goddess with this name - pre-dating the Irish patron saint [St Brigid of Kildare] - but the origin of the name is obscure. The Gaelic word for "strength" is brigh. However this may or may not be the origin of the forename.