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Gender: F Meaning of Bea: "she who brings happiness" Origin of Bea: Diminutive of Beatrice

Bea is a former old lady name that's cute again as a short form -- and is now beginning to stand on its own. Bee is a variation that, like Bea, can work as a diminutive for any name that starts with the letter B, or in the middle. Bea actually stood alone on the popularity lists for four years at the beginning of the twentieth century--and it could happen again.

Golden Girl Bea Arthur was born a Bernice.

Famous People Named Bea

Beatrice "Bea" Arthur (born Bernice Frankel), American actress
Beatrice "Bea" Benaderet, American actress
Beatrice Gladys "Bea" Lillie, Canadian-British actress
Beatrice Annika "Bea" Miller, American singer and songwriter

Pop Culture References for the name Bea

Bea, character in the musical "Something Rotten"
Bea, character on animated series "Fish Hooks"