Breda Name Meaning & Origin
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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Bridie, Breedge, Bríd, Bree, Biddy, Bridge, Bridgie.
- Meanings and history of the name Breda
Bridget or Brigid is a Celtic/Irish female name derived from the noun brígh, meaning "power, strength, vigor, virtue."An alternate meaning of the name is "exalted one".Its popularity, especially in Ireland, is largely related to the popularity of Saint Brigid of Kildare, who was so popular in Ireland she was known as "Mary of the Gael." This saint took on many of the characteristics of the early Celtic goddess Brigid, who was the goddess of agriculture and healing and possibly also of poetry and fire. One of her epithets was "Brigid of the Holy Fire."In German and Scandinavian countries, the popularity of the name spread due to Saint Bridget of Sweden.
In the Irish language, the name is spelled Brighid and is pronounced "Breed" or "Breege". At one time the name was so popular for Irish girls that Biddy was used as a slang term for an Irish girl in English-speaking countries. Some Irish servant girls were called Biddie or Biddy by their employers even if that wasn't their real first name. It has been steadily used in the United States throughout the 20th century, though never among the top 100 most popular names for girls. It was most popular in the 1970s, when it ranked as the 153rd most popular name for girls born in that decade in the United States. In 2006, it was the 349th most popular female given name in the United States; in 2007 it fell to 357th place. It was ranked as the 367th most common name for girls and women in the United States in the 1990 census.
- Famous real-life people named Breda
Bridget Fonda, actress
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St. Bridget of Kildare, Irish Saint
Bridie Gallagher, Irish folk singer
Bridget Flannery, actress
Bridie Carter, Australian actress
- Breda in song, story & screen
Bridget Jones, English everywoman heroine of Helen Fielding's "Bridget Jones' Diary" novels and the films based on the novels, played by Renee Zellweger.
Bridget Mary Teresa Colleen Fitzgerald, main character in the 1970s TV series "Bridget Loves Bernie", played by Meredith Baxter.
Bridget, an Irish activist and Tony's girlfriend in the animated film "An American Tail", voiced by Cathianne Blore
Bridget Hennessey, eldest child on the sitcom "8 Simple Rules", played by Kaley Cuoco.
Bridget Forrester, character in "The Bold and the Beautiful", played by Ashley Jones.
Bridget "Bee" Vreeland, character in the book and movie, "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants", played by Blake Lively.
Bree Van de Kamp Hodge, character in TV series "Desperate Housewives" played by Marcia Cross