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Recorded as MacBride, McBride, Bride, Bryde, the diminutives Bridie, Brydie, and Bridey, this is a Gaelic surname of both Irish and Scottish origins. It derives either from the pre 10th century Irish Mac giolla Brighde or the Scottish Mac gille Brighde, and translates as "The son of the follower of St Bridget", one of the early Christian saints. The personal name originally 'Brighid' is of uncertain etymology, but may mean "exalted", and was probably that given to a pagan fire goddess, albeit that many of her attributes are now associated with the historical figure of St. Brigit of Kildare (452-523). She was the founder of the first Irish convent...

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