Its source is Brigit, a Gaelic name meaning "Exalted one."
The name Bridgette ranked 720th in popularity for females of all ages in a sample of the 1990 US Census.
Though this name has fluctuated in use, it has been quietly present throughout the last century.
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.