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Gender: Female Meaning of Beatrice: "she who brings happiness; blessed" Origin of Beatrice: Latin Beatrice's Popularity in 2017: #559

The name Beatrice is a girl's name of Italian, Latin origin meaning "she who brings happiness; blessed". Beatrice is ranked #559 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Old Lady Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Quick Question Thread?!".

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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. Beatrice has some competition with more exotic Beatrix and Beatriz these days. Beatrice is far more popular in the UK.

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. Beatrice is also among the relatively rare girl names starting with B that has a lot of current style value.

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Famous People Named Beatrice

Beatrice d'Este, Queen consort of Andrew II of Hungary
Beatrice of Naples, Queen consort of Vladislaus II of Hungary and Bohemia
Beatrice of Luxembourg, Queen consort of Charles I of Hungary
Beatrice "Bea" Arthur (born Bernice Frankel), American actress
Beatrice "Bebe" Neuwirth, American actress
Beatrice "Bea" Benaderet, American actress
Beatrice Annika "Bea" Miller, American singer and actress
Beatrice Mary Victoria Feodore of the U.K., Princess Henry of Battenberg; daughter of Queen Victoria
Beatrice Leopoldine Victoria of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Princess of Edinburgh; Infanta of Spain; Duchess of Galliera; granddaughter of Queen Victoria
Beatrice Elizabeth Mary of York, Princess of the U.K., daughter of Prince Andrew
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 "Tilly" Shilling, English aeronautical engineer and motorcyclist
Beatrice "Bea" Kozera (Renteria, Franco), Jack Kerouac's lover and inspiration for the character Terry in "On the Road"
Beatrice Selfridge, daughter of American-British entrepreneur Harry Selfridge
Beatrice Tulchin, American actress
Beatrice Martin aka Coeur de Pirate, French-Canadian singer-songwriter
Béatrice Marie Caroline Louise Françoise, Princess of Bourbon-Two Sicilies; daughter of Prince Ferdinand
Beatrice Charlotte, Princess of of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, daughter of Prince Friedrich Josias
Beatrice Louise "Beattie" Edmondson, English 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 Howard-Gabel (b. 2012), daughter of actress Bryce Dallas Howard and Seth Gabel
Beatrice Tornatore, Italian rhythmic gymnast

Pop Culture References for the name Beatrice

Beatrice Prior, in the Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth
Beatrice, in Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing"
Beatrice Duke, character in webseries Nothing Much to Do
Beatrice "Beezus" Quimby, in Ramona novels by Beverly Cleary
Beatrice Carbone, in Arthur Miller's "A View from the Bridge"
Beatrice Rappaccini, character in "Rappaccini's Daughter"
Beatrice Baudelaire Sr. and Beatrice Baudelaire Jr., characters in "A Series of Unfortunate Events"
Beatrice "Bea" Plumb, character in novel "The Nest"
Beatrice Rumfoord, in Kurt Vonnegut's "The Sirens of Titan"
Beatrice Severn, in Graham Greene's "Our Man in Havana"
Beatrice "The Bear" Leep, character in Carl Hiaasen's "Hoot"
Beatrice, character in manga/anime "Gunslinger Girl"
Beatrice the Golden Witch, in "Umineko: When They Cry"
Beatrice Middleton, in "Ishmael" and "Self Raised" by E.D.E.N. Southworth
Beatrice Crumplebottom, character in "Sims" series
Beatrice Grimaldi, character in the Gossip Girl series
Beatrice Hotchkiss, in the Nancy Drew game series
Beatrice, demon in video game "Wild Arms 3"
Beatrice, in Kingsley's "REALLY B, REALLY" videos
Beatrice Russo, in "Il Postino: The Postman"
Beatrice Stanhope, in movie "George of the Jungle"
Beatrice "Bea" Grunwald, character on TV's "Ravenswood"
Juniper Beatrice "Junie B." Jones, of Junie B. Jones books
Beatrice, in animated series "Over the Garden Wall"
Beatrice Bloor, in Jenny Nimmo's "The Children of the Red King" series
Beatrice "Trixie" Espinoza, in "Lucifer"
Beatrice "Beatie" May Bow, character in book and movie "Playing Beatie Bow"
Beatrice Horseman, mother of the titular character "BoJack Horseman"
Beatrice Rhinehart, character in the webcomic "Riverside Extras" by Miri Chamberlain

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)


Leah_ Says:


I really really really dislike this name. I love vintage/classic names, but I can’t stand Beatrice.

Mizumii Says:


The name Beatrice always makes me smile when I see it and I don't know why. A lot of people are saying It's an old lady name but honestly I don't see that. Beatrice.

Beatrice Says:


My name is Beatrice and I find it confusing because so many people have pronounced my name differently but I pronounce it as (bee-yah-tris), if that makes sense. My nicknames were and are Beah and for fun, Beetroot.

FantasyandPrayer Says:


I can't imagine not having a daughter called Beatrice one day. Its one of my all time favourite names

Samsonite Says:


Hideous, plodding, unattractive name.

priviledgedpistachios Says:


I love this name so much! The meaning, the sound even the way it looks just makes me so giddy and happy!

paulapuddephatt Says:


I love this name. I prefer it to Beatrix, although the nickname Trixie is nice. Bea is a cute nickname, either way.

Chae-Eun Says:


I absolutely LOVE this name, but I can't turn off the part of my brain that shouts: "AAAA --- IT SAID BEAT RICE!!" And then I start to imagine all the Beatrice characters I know (like Tris Prior) beating rice with a baseball bat. And then it conjures Coach Hedge shouting "DIE!!!" and stuff. It's a disaster. But I LOVE it, I'm using it in a story.

gmdx Says:


I don't think I ever actually read them, but the connection seems way too obvious for sisters. I've actually reversed my position since I made the post. Beatrice is the current favorite. :)

Yessica Says:


Trice pairs of shoes.
I have trice pairs of shoes...

snowsbeloved Says:


Like Ramona and Beatrice? Did you read Cleary growing up?? :)

TheSlothPrincess Says:


I love Beatrice, I think it is so lovely and feminine. To me, Bea is an old lady nickname, but Tris is a more youthful option!

JazzDeSaturn Says:


My husband and I like this name for the Shakespearean reference. I think it's quite nice. It's also my younger cousins name. We always called her Bea.

Baby Bea...I think it has a nice ring to it :)

BeatriceElizabeth Says:


My name is Beatrice but I definitely prefer the way we pronounce it here in Italy (Bay-ah-tree-chay) .Like many people, I went through a phase where I didn't like my name, but studying Dante's poetry and reading the Divine Comedy I completely changed my mind

Beatriz Says:


My name is Beatriz and it's pronounced as Bi-a-tris

nipnerb Says:


It's a lovely name, but whenever I read it I read "Beat Rice" beat as in winning, and rice as in the grain. The name itself is still beautiful, but I prefer Beatrix.

SimoneKadele Says:


This sounds so much better when pronounced with three syllables. I don't know anyone who pronounces it BEE-tris, but it doesn't sound very pleasant.

MaryKathryn Says:


This is my middle name go to of the moment, but I fear it will be the next Anne, Nicole, or Grace.

CupcakeGirl13 Says:


I prefer Beatrix over this one.

Essa Says:


All of these words definitely have 2 syllables, very confusing!

Sorceress Says:


I'm so glad Beatrice can be pronounced Bay-ah-tris, because this is how I pronounce it and love it more than Beatrix. Also love Italian pronunciation, which is nice, since that would probably hear more often, since I live in Croatia.

Rush1986 Says:


lol i know. To honour her i would rather call my child Dorothy. Honestly, Rose and Sophia have become super popular. Maybe Dorothy and Blanche are gonna make a comeback?

Fiona Says:


this is such an old person name lol hate it

beatrice Says:


i realy love the name Beatrice when i got to no the meaning is not really the pronouciation of a name that matters but its meaning

Catastroffy Says:


We must have very different accents!

indiefendi2 Says:


It's 3 syllables. Beya-tris. But I like Beatriz or Behati more. They have more of a rhythm to it.

steampunkleo Says:


Haha, I can't do it! I pronounce deer like dee-er. I'd get it if you were saying bee-trice, but beer is bee-er to me. I'll youtube it and see how wrong I am aha.

ccomp12 Says:


All the Beatrices that I know pronounce it as 3 syllables: bee-uh-triss.

Catastroffy Says:


You do? But mere rhymes with deer. I pronounce Beatrice "beer-triss".

steampunkleo Says:


Well, I pronounce mere with two syllables, so I honestly can't figure out how you're saying it!

Catastroffy Says:


I've known several Beatrices, one of which is a very close friend, and I've always heard it as having two syllables, the first syllable rhyming with mere and the second with miss.

nessette Says:


I've always pronounced it "bee-ah-triss"...

hayden_cole Says:


I love this name because of its wonderful, compelling association with Dante and his poetry. For me and my soon-to-be wife, this is our top choice.

gmdx Says:


I love Beatrice, but Beatrix reminds me too much of Bellatrix. Sadly, I doubt I'll use this one, as I like the name Ramona far more.

PoppyOrangey Says:


This will forever remind me of my great aunt Beattie. She was confused and she always thought I was my mother... It wasn't her fault, but now I just can't get way from the old lady association.

Catastroffy Says:


I love Beatrice and Beatrix equally, although Beatrice is smoother. They are classic and charming, and I adore the nickname Bea!

jordalini Says:


I don't understand this name. I like the be sound, but everything after that sounds harsh. also I still know a bunch of old people with this name.

ShunPun Says:


I was on the hate wagon for a looong time with this name, but I'm surprised to how much it grew on me. I don't think it would ever make the Top 10 in naming a future daughter, but still pretty.

clairels Says:


No offense to Beatrice Arthur, but this is still "Golden Girls" to me.

clairels Says:


It's popular on Nameberry, but it's still in the 500s in the real world, and I don't see it skyrocketing any time soon. I think it's still safe to say your Beatrice will be the only one in her class.

vintageluvs Says:


Even though Beatrix is the original Latin spelling (and has received a LOT of compliments on nb), I personally prefer Beatrice. It is my all time favorite! :)

Hydra Says:


Beat the rice, beat the rice, beat it! I find Beatrix more appealing.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


Personally like Beatrice, but I can see why you don't like harsh sounding syllables in names. That's why I don't like Sebastian, it just sounds like seh BASH tin to me.

Candler Says:


I really, really don't like this name and I'm not sure why. The name sounds so harsh to my ears. BEAT-rice. The first syllable is like an explosion.

Guest Says:


Trying to like this name but I think I like Beatriz more

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


I'm wondering if it has anything to do with the fact that the main character in Divergent is named Beatrice. It is an awesome movie. But then again, she goes by Tris most of the time, except for at the beginning.

MaryKathryn Says:


Same here, but I'm worried that it's getting too popular!

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


I used to not like it too much, but then I decided I did. I like Beatrice much better than Beatrix

raevynstar Says:


I love this name! :)