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

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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Sarah11 Says:


I love Bea but don’t like Beatrix or Beatrice. Is there anything else it could be a nickname for?

Renée Pitre Says:


i say it bey-ah

EW314 Says:


Sweet, but I think it works best in the middle. As a standalone first it might be a bit too sweet. Beatrice, Beatrix or Beatriz are better formal options.

otheralix Says:


Bee. My friend is named Beatrice but she's Italian so it's pronounced Bay-uh.

Blue_Eyed_Hufflepuff Says:


It can be pronounced as Bee-a or just Bee

DaisyMaisie Says:


how do you pronounce it?

indiefendi2 Says:


I like the spelling Bia more.

ShannaGrace Says:


I used Bea as my daughters middle name to honor my Grandma Beatrice. She said her name as Bee-trice so My daughters middle name is said as Bee. Such a pretty/vintage name no matter which way you say it.

jojobabyberry Says:


I love Bea (bee-uh) as a nickname for Beatrice.

AnonymousPerson Says:


I'm very fond of my name. My friend has it, and she pronounces it "bee", which I find nicer.

BeaSobreira Says:


My name is Beatrice and for all my life Bea has been my nickname, however not pronounced live "BEE" but as "BEE-AH", which honestly I find more beautiful and unique... no to mention, Bees sting.

Emeline2808 Says:


super cute!