Bernadette

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French Bernadette, made famous by St. Bernadette of Lourdes.

Proper noun[edit]

Bernadette

  1. A female given name.
    • 1983 A. N. Wilson, Scandal: or Priscilla's Kindness, Penguin (1985), ISBN 0140069976, page 1:
      Bernadette Woolley was aware that her name was professionally inappropriate. She tended to get a lot of jokes about it. There had even been recommendations that she change it. The pious connotations put men off, it was averred. Non-Catholics recognised her allegiance at once because of the label, and scorned her for it; while co-religionists, reminded inappropriately of the Virgin apparition at Lourdes, blushed, or sniggered, or asked for another girl.
    • 1995 E. L. Konigsburg, T-Backs, T-Shirts, Coat, and Suit, Simon & Schuster (2008), ISBN 1416958770, page 13:
      As they walked farther along the concourse, Bernadette said, "You call me Bernadette. Aunt won't be necessary. And I don't like Bernie. Or Aunt Bernie or Auntie. For a while, when I was twelve, I wanted everyone to call me Detta. No reason except that I was twelve and trying to fit whatever name sounded more glamorous than Bernadette. I like to be called Bernadette. I've become my name."

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Diminutive of Bernarde, the feminine form of Bernard. Established as a given name due to Saint Bernadette of Lourdes (baptized Bernarde).

Pronunciation[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

Bernadette f

  1. A female given name.

German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French Bernadette.

Proper noun[edit]

Bernadette ? (genitive Bernadettes)

  1. A female given name.