Diminutive of Beatrice
"she who brings happiness"

Bea Origin and Meaning

The name Bea is a girl's name meaning "she who brings happiness".

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.

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Bea Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Bea Popularity

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Famous People Named Bea

  • Beatrice "Bea" Arthur (born Bernice Frankel)American actress
  • Beatrice "Bea" BenaderetAmerican actress
  • Beatrice Gladys "Bea" LillieCanadian,British actress
  • Beatrice Annika "Bea" MillerAmerican singer and songwriter
  • Bea Alonzo (born Phylbert Angelie Ranollo Fagestrom)British,Filipina actress
  • Beanca Marie "Bea" BineneFilipina actress
  • Beatrice "Bea" BoozeAmerican R&B singer
  • Beatrice "Bea" WainAmerican pop singer
  • Beatriz "Bea" SeguraSpanish actress
  • Bea Floraretired Polish adult model

Bea in Pop Culture

  • Beatriz "Bea" Aguilarcharacter in "The Shadow of the Wind" and its sequel by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  • Beacharacter in the musical "Something Rotten"
  • Beacharacter on animated series "Fish Hooks"
  • Bea Kivlancharacter in "The Accident Season" by Moira Fowley,Doyle
  • Bea Simmonscharacter in an episode of "The Simpsons"
  • Bea Finch (nee Holloway)character in "Land Girls"
  • Beatrice "Bea" Santellocharacter from "Night in the Woods"
  • Beatrix "Bea" Nilssoncharacter in Australian soap "Neighbours"

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