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Gender: F Meaning of Beatrice: "she who brings happiness" Origin of Beatrice: Latin Beatrice's Popularity in 2012: #691

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Beatrice is back. Stored in the attic for almost a century, the lovely Beatrice with its long literary (Shakespeare, Dante) and royal history is being looked at with fresh eyes by parents (such as Paul McCartney, Bryce Dallas Howard) seeking a classic name with character and lots of upbeat nicknames, like Bea and Bee.

Nickname Bea actually stood alone on the popularity lists for four years at the beginning of the twentieth century--and it could happen again. Bea is sleek and modern, while Trixie sounds vintage and sassy -- though if you favor Trixie, you may want to consider the Beatrix version of the name. What's the difference between the two? Beatrix is reminiscent of watercolorist and children's author Beatrix Potter and has that surprising x ending, while Beatrice feels gentler and more classic.

The Duke and Duchess of York, aka Fergie and Prince Andrew, thrust Beatrice back into the public eye when they chose it for their older daughter in 1988. The name can be pronounced with two syllables, a bee- or beh-tris; with three, as in bee- or bay-ah-tris; or, as the Italians say it, with a magisterial four: bay-ah-TREE-chay.

Beatrice was the name of Queen Victoria's youngest child. And in Dante's great poem The Divine Comedy, Beatrice is his guide through Paradise and is idealized as the embodiment of the spirit of love. In Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, Beatrice is the witty, high-spirited heroine.

Other names that mean happiness: Felicity and Hilary, either of which would make a good twin or sister name for Beatrice.

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Famous People Named Beatrice

Beatrice "Bea" Arthur, American actress
Beatrice "Bebe" Neuwirth, American actress
Beatrice "Bea" Benaderet, American actress
Beatrice Miller, American singer and actress
Beatrice Jean Howard-Gabel (b. 2012), daughter of Bryce Dallas Howard
Beatrice Milly McCartney (b. 2003), daughter of Heather Mills and Paul McCartney
Beatrice Sommer(b. 2008), daughter of Rich Sommer
Princess Beatrice Elizabeth Mary (b. 1988), daughter of Prince Andrew, Duke of York
Beatrice Selfridge, daughter of entrepreneur Harry Selfridge

Pop Culture References for the Name Beatrice

Beatrice, of Shakespeare's 'Much Ado About Nothing'
Beatrice Beaudelaire, or 'A Series of Unfortunate Events'
Beatrice "Tris" Prior, protagonist in Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth
Beatrice "Beezus" Quimby, from Ramona & Beezus
Beatrice Middleton, from Ishmael and Self Raised
Beatrice from Kingsley's "REALLY B REALLY" videos
Beatrice, the protagonist's love interest in the Italian movie "Il Postino"
Beatrice Stanhope, from the movie "George of the Jungle"
Beatrice "Bea" Grunwald, character in ABC Family's "Ravenswood"

Bea, Beah, Beat, Beata, Beatie, Beatris, Beatriss, Bee, Bice, Trix, Trixi, Trixie, Trixy

Beatrice's International Variations

Beatrix (Dutch) Béatrice (French) Beatrisa (German) Beatha (Irish) Beatrice (Italian) Beate (Norwegian) Beitris (Scottish Gaelic) Beatriz (Spanish) Betrys (Welsh)