The name Birgit ranked 2492nd in popularity for females of all ages in a sample of the 1990 US Census.
In pre-Christian Irish mythology, Brigit was the goddess of poetry.
After the fall of the Roman Empire, several Irish missionaries with this name gained fame, and eventually sainthood, for re-introducing Christianity to Northern Europe. Their widespread influence helps explain the widespread popularity of this name, and the development of its many forms and spellings.
Science and Philosophy
1964 winner of the American Chemical Society''s Garvan Medal (see list of Chemists)