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Gender: F Pronunciation: BEE-a-triss; BEE-triss Meaning of Beatrice: "she who brings happiness" Origin of Beatrice: Latin Beatrice's Popularity in 2014: #601

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 and Bryce Dallas Howard) seeking a classic name with character and lots of upbeat nicknames, like Bea and Bee. Currently at Number 601, Beatrice has some competition with more exotic Beatrix and Beatriz in 2014. Beatrice is far more popular in the UK, where it sits just outside the Top 100.

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, which is reminiscent of watercolorist and children's author Beatrix Potter and has that surprising -x ending. Beatrice, on the other hand, 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, 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 epic 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.

Famous People Named Beatrice

Beatrice "Bea" Arthur (born Bernice Frankel), American actress
Beatrice "Bebe" Neuwirth, American actress
Beatrice "Bea" Benaderet, American actress
Beatrice Annika Miller, American singer and actress
Beatrice Elizabeth Mary of York, Princess of the U.K., daughter of Britain's Prince Andrew
Beatrice Mary Victoria Feodore of Battenberg, Princess of the U.K., daughter of Britain's Queen Victoria
Beatrice "Bice" di Folco Portinari, Italian woman who inspired Dante's "Divine Comedy"
(Martha) Beatrice Webb, Baroness Passfield, English sociologist
Beatrice Alice Hicks, American engineer
Beatrice Mtetwa, Zimbabwean human rights lawyer
Beatrice Gladys "Bea" Lillie, Canadian-British actress
Beatrice Wood, American avant garde artist
Beatrice Câșlaru, Romanian Olympic swimmer
Beatrice of Naples, Queen consort of Vladislaus II of Hungary and Bohemia
Beatrice "Tilly" Shilling, English aeronautical engineer and motorcyclist
Beatrice Selfridge, daughter of American-British entrepreneur Harry Selfridge
Beatrice Tulchin, American actress
Beatrice Jean Howard-Gabel (b. 2012), daughter of actress Bryce Dallas Howard
Beatrice Milly McCartney (b. 2003), daughter of musician Paul McCartney and Heather Mills
Beatrice Sommer (b. 2008), daughter of actor Rich Sommer
Beatrice Martin aka Coeur de Pirate, French-Canadian singer-songwriter
Beatrice "Beattie" Louise, daughter of English actress Jennifer Saunders

Pop Culture References for the name Beatrice

Beatrice, character in Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing"
Beatrice Duke, character in webseries Nothing Much to Do
Beatrice "Tris" Prior, main character in the Divergent Trilogy
Beatrice "Beezus" Quimby, character in novels by Beverly Cleary and movie "Ramona & Beezus"
Beatrice Carbone, character in Arthur Miller's "A View from the Bridge"
Beatrice Rappaccini, character in Nathaniel Hawthorne's "Rappaccini's Daughter"
Beatrice Baudelaire, character in Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
Beatrice Rumfoord, character in Kurt Vonnegut's "The Sirens of Titan"
Beatrice Severn, character in Graham Greene's "Our Man in Havana"
Beatrice "The Bear" Leep, character in Carl Hiaasen's "Hoot" and 2006 movie
Beatrice, character in manga/anime "Gunslinger Girl"
Beatrice the Golden Witch, character in doujin game "Umineko: When They Cry"
Beatrice Middleton, character in "Ishmael" and "Self Raised" by E.D.E.N. Southworth
Beatrice Grimaldi, princess character in the Gossip Girl series
Beatrice Hotchkiss, character in the Nancy Drew computer game series
Beatrice, demon in video game "Wild Arms 3"
Beatrice, character in Kingsley's "REALLY B, REALLY" YouTube videos
Beatrice Russo, character in movie "Il Postino: The Postman"
Beatrice Stanhope, character in movie "George of the Jungle"
Beatrice "Bea" Grunwald, character on TV's "Ravenswood"
Juniper Beatrice "Junie B." Jones, title character of Junie B. Jones books
Beatrice, character in animated series "Over the Garden Wall"
Beatrice Bloor, character in Jenny Nimmo's "The Children of the Red King" series

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

Beatrice's International Variations

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