Beatrice - Meaning of Beatrice
[ 3 syll. bea-tri-ce, be-atr-ice ] The baby girl name Beatrice is pronounced as BIY-ah-TRihS or BIY-TRihS (English) or Beh-aa-TRIY-CHeh (Italian) †. Beatrice is largely used in the English, French, German, and Italian languages. It is derived from Latin origins. In Dante's 14th-century epic poem The Divine Comedy, Beatrice is the name of Dante's guide through paradise; the character was based on Dante's beloved muse in real life, a Florentine girl named Beatrice Portinari (1266-1290). The name was also chosen by Shakespeare for a witty character in his play Much Ado About Nothing (1598-1599). The name was later popularized by association with Princess Beatrice (1857-1944), the youngest daughter of Queen Victoria.
Beatrice is an English, French, German, and Italian variant transcription of Beatrix.
The name Beatrice is widely used; it has 37 variant transcriptions that are used in English and other languages. Variation transcriptions of Beatrice used in English include Beate, Beatrica, Beatricia, Beatriks, Beatrisa, Beatrise, Beatriss, Beatrissa, Beatrisse, Beatrix, Beatriz, Beatrize, Trice, and Trissy. Other English forms include the short forms Bea (also used in German, and Spanish), Beat, Bee, and Trish, the diminutives Beah, Beatie, Beattie, Beatty, Bebe (also used in Spanish), Tris, Triss, Trissie, and Trixie (also used in Latin), and the variant spelling Beatris (also used in Armenian).
Foreign variant transcriptions include Beatrijs (Dutch), Beitiris (Scottish), Beitris (Scottish), Betrice (Welsh), Betrys (Welsh), Bettrice (Welsh), Bettrys (Welsh), and Béatrice (French). Specific foreign variants include the short form Bice (Italian), and the diminutive Beata (German, Latin, Polish, and Spanish).
Variant forms inherit the origin and thus the meaning of Beatrice.
See also the related form, Leatrice (English).
Beatrice is a classic favorite. Currently it is still a rather popular baby girl name, but not to the degree it was before. At the peak of its usage in 1910, 0.586% of baby girls were given the name Beatrice. It had a ranking of #36 then. The baby name has fallen from favor since then, and is of irregular use in recent years. In 2018, its usage was only 0.029% and its ranking #573, but it was nonetheless the most frequently used out of all girl names in its family. The name Beatrice has been mainly given to girls, though it has also been used as a boy name in the last century. There were 94 times as many girls than boys who were named Beatrice in 1910.
Baby names that sound like Beatrice include Beatriss, Beatrisse, Beatriks, Beatris, Beatrise, Beatrix, Beatriz, Beatrize, Beatrycze, Bedriska, Beitiris, Beatrica, Beatricia, Beatrisa, Beatrissa, Beitris, Betrice, Betrys, Bettrice, and Bettrys.
† Pronunciation for Beatrice: B as in "be (B.IY)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)" ; T as in "tee (T.IY)" ; R as in "race (R.EY.S)" ; IH as in "it (IH.T)" ; S as in "see (S.IY)" ; EH as in "ebb (EH.B)" ; AA as in "odd (AA.D)" ; CH as in "cheese (CH.IY.Z)"
Details of famous persons named Beatrice:
Actress Beatrice 'Bea' Arthur, born May 13, 1922 - April 25, 2009, New York City, New York.
Actress Beatrice Lillie, born May 29, 1894 - January 20, 1989, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Actress Bebe Neuwirth, born Beatrice Neuwirth December 31, 1958, Princeton, New Jersey.
Royalty Princess Beatrice of York, born August 1988, London, England.
Social Reformer Beatrice Webb, born 22 January 1858 - 30 April 1943, Gloucester, England.