"she who brings happiness; blessed"

Beatrice Origin and Meaning

The name Beatrice is a girl's name of Italian, Latin origin meaning "she who brings happiness; blessed".

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 seeking a classic name with character and lots of upbeat nicknames, like Bea and Bee.

Beatrice has some competition with more flavorful Beatrix and Beatriz these days. Beatrice is far more popular in the UK., ranking in the Top 100, while in the US Beatrice sits in a sweet spot in the middle of the Top 1000.

Beatrice is derived from Beatrix, a Latin name meaning "she who brings happiness." In the earliest sources it is also recorded as Viatrix, meaning "voyager", so there is some weight in both meanings.

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 variants of the name include the French Béatrice and the Spanish and Portuguese Beatriz.

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.

Other names that mean happiness: Felicity and Hilary, either of which would make a good twin or sister name for Beatrice. Beatrice is also among the relatively rare girl names starting with B that has a lot of current style value.

# 587 in the US

Beatrice Rank in US Top 1000

# 36 on Nameberry

Beatrice Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Beatrice Popularity

Famous People Named Beatrice

  • Beatrice d'EsteQueen consort of Andrew II of Hungary
  • Beatrice of NaplesQueen consort of Vladislaus II of Hungary and Bohemia
  • Beatrice of LuxembourgQueen consort of Charles I of Hungary
  • Beatrice "Bea" Arthur (born Bernice Frankel)American actress
  • Beatrice "Bebe" NeuwirthAmerican actress
  • Beatrice "Bea" BenaderetAmerican actress
  • Beatrice Annika "Bea" MillerAmerican singer and actress
  • Beatrice Mary Victoria Feodore of the U.K.Princess Henry of Battenberg; daughter of Queen Victoria
  • Beatrice Leopoldine Victoria of SaxeCoburg and Gotha, Princess of Edinburgh; Infanta of Spain; Duchess of Galliera; granddaughter of Queen Victoria
  • Beatrice Elizabeth Mary of YorkPrincess of the U.K., daughter of Prince Andrew
  • Beatrice "Bice" di Folco PortinariItalian woman who inspired Dante's "Divine Comedy"
  • (Martha) Beatrice WebbBaroness Passfield, English sociologist
  • Beatrice Alice HicksAmerican engineer
  • Beatrice MtetwaZimbabwean human rights lawyer
  • Beatrice Gladys "Bea" LillieCanadian,British actress
  • Beatrice WoodAmerican avant garde artist
  • Beatrice CâșlaruRomanian Olympic swimmer
  • Beatrice "Tilly" ShillingEnglish aeronautical engineer and motorcyclist
  • Beatrice "Bea" Kozera (RenteriaFranco), Jack Kerouac's lover and inspiration for the character Terry in "On the Road"
  • Beatrice Selfridgedaughter of American,British entrepreneur Harry Selfridge
  • Beatrice TulchinAmerican actress
  • Beatrice Martin aka Coeur de PirateFrench,Canadian singer,songwriter
  • Béatrice Marie Caroline Louise FrançoisePrincess of Bourbon,Two Sicilies; daughter of Prince Ferdinand
  • Beatrice CharlottePrincess of of Saxe,Coburg and Gotha, daughter of Prince Friedrich Josias
  • Beatrice Louise "Beattie" EdmondsonEnglish actress; daughter of actress Jennifer Saunders
  • Beatrice Milly McCartney (b. 2003)daughter of musician Paul McCartney and Heather Mills
  • Beatrice Sommer (b. 2008)daughter of actor Rich Sommer
  • Beatrice Jean HowardGabel (b. 2012), daughter of actress Bryce Dallas Howard and Seth Gabel
  • Beatrice TornatoreItalian rhythmic gymnast
  • Beatrice Danger Brocklebank (b. 2019)daughter of American actress Jess Weixler
  • Beatrice “Bebe” VioItalian fencer and Paralympics champion

Beatrice in Pop Culture

  • Beatrice "Tris" Priorin the Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth
  • Beatricein Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing"
  • Beatrice Dukecharacter in webseries Nothing Much to Do
  • Beatrice "Beezus" Quimbyin Ramona novels by Beverly Cleary
  • Beatrice Carbonein Arthur Miller's "A View from the Bridge"
  • Beatrice Rappaccinicharacter in "Rappaccini's Daughter"
  • Beatrice Baudelaire Sr. and Beatrice Baudelaire Jr.characters in "A Series of Unfortunate Events"
  • Beatrice "Bea" Plumbcharacter in novel "The Nest"
  • Beatrice Rumfoordin Kurt Vonnegut's "The Sirens of Titan"
  • Beatrice Severnin Graham Greene's "Our Man in Havana"
  • Beatrice "The Bear" Leepcharacter in Carl Hiaasen's "Hoot"
  • Beatricecharacter in manga/anime "Gunslinger Girl"
  • Beatrice the Golden Witchin "Umineko: When They Cry"
  • Beatrice Middletonin "Ishmael" and "Self Raised" by E.D.E.N. Southworth
  • Beatrice Crumplebottomcharacter in "Sims" series
  • Beatrice Grimaldicharacter in the Gossip Girl series
  • Beatrice Hotchkissin the Nancy Drew game series
  • Beatricedemon in video game "Wild Arms 3"
  • Beatricein Kingsley's "REALLY B, REALLY" videos
  • Beatrice Russoin "Il Postino: The Postman"
  • Beatrice Stanhopein movie "George of the Jungle"
  • Beatrice "Bea" Grunwaldcharacter on TV's "Ravenswood"
  • Juniper Beatrice "Junie B." Jonesof Junie B. Jones books
  • Beatricein animated series "Over the Garden Wall"
  • Beatrice Bloorin Jenny Nimmo's "The Children of the Red King" series
  • Beatrice "Trixie" Espinozain "Lucifer"
  • Beatrice "Beatie" May Bowcharacter in book and movie "Playing Beatie Bow"
  • Beatrice Horsemanmother of the titular character "BoJack Horseman"
  • Beatrice Rhinehartcharacter in the webcomic "Riverside Extras" by Miri Chamberlain
  • Beatricemain character in Kill Bill played by Uma Thurman
  • Beatrice "Bea" Santellocharacter in video game "Night in the Woods"
  • Beatrice Haywoodcharacter in Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery

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