Beatrice

Names Throughout the Ages

Beatrice is a female given name which comes from Latin Beatrix based on Viatrixmeaning “female traveler/voyager” though the spelling was later altered to resemble beatus, which comes from Latin meaning “happy, fortunate, blessed” derived from PIE root word *dew- (to show favor, revere). Beatrice is one of the main characters in Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing (1598-1599).

Origin: Proto-Indo-European

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Variants:

  • Beatrix (Late Roman, German, Hungarian, Dutch, English)
  • Viatrix (Late Roman)
  • Béatrice (French)
  • Beatrise (Latvian)
  • Beatrycze (Polish)
  • Beatriz (Spanish, Portuguese)
  • Beatriu (Catalan)
  • Beitris (Scottish)
  • Betrys (Welsh)

Male forms:

  • Viator (Late Roman)

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