Sunday, March 13, 2016

Girls Name: Beatrice

Italian form of Beatrix which is probably from Viatrix, a feminine form of the Late Latin name Viator which meant "voyager, traveller". Beatrix was a common name amongst early Christians, and the spelling was altered by association with Latin beatus "blessed". Beatrice Portinari was the woman who was loved by the Italian poet Dante Alighieri. She served as Dante's guide through paradise in his epic poem 'The Divine Comedy' (1321). This was also the name of a character in Shakespeare's play 'Much Ado About Nothing' (1599). - quoted from Behind the Name

Beatrice was quite popular in the early 1900's, ranking as high as #53 in the USA during 1901. Today it ranks #20 in Italy, #45 in Romania, #91 in England and Wales, and #601 in the USA. 

Beatrice was the name of my father's fun-loving great-aunt who he called "Auntie Bea" and my sister's middle name is Beatrix after her. I love Beatrice and Beatrix and would definitely consider using them as middle names. "Auntie Bea" was Beatrice Elena and her mother was Lena Viola so I would consider using Eleanor Beatrice, Elena Beatrice or Lena Beatrice. 

What do you think of the name Beatrice? 

Do you know anyone with this name? 

What other names would you pair it with?  

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