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

The name Bea is a girl's name meaning "she who brings happiness". Bea and is often added to lists like Middle Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "Names on NB that make you go WOW!".

From the experts:

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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Famous People Named Bea

Beatrice "Bea" Arthur (born Bernice Frankel), American actress
Beatrice "Bea" Benaderet, American actress
Beatrice Gladys "Bea" Lillie, Canadian-British actress
Beatrice Annika "Bea" Miller, American singer and songwriter
Bea Alonzo (born Phylbert Angelie Ranollo Fagestrom), British-Filipina actress
Beanca Marie "Bea" Binene, Filipina actress
Beatrice "Bea" Booze, American R&B singer
Beatrice "Bea" Wain, American pop singer
Beatriz "Bea" Segura, Spanish actress

Pop Culture References for the name Bea

Beatriz "Bea" Aguilar, character in "The Shadow of the Wind" and its sequel by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Bea, character in the musical "Something Rotten"
Bea, character on animated series "Fish Hooks"
Bea Kivlan, character in "The Accident Season" by Moira Fowley-Doyle
Bea Simmons, character in an episode of "The Simpsons"
Bea Finch (nee Holloway), character in "Land Girls"
Beatrice "Bea" Santello, character from "Night in the Woods"
Beatrix "Bea" Nilsson, character in Australian soap "Neighbours"


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!