Given Name BEATRICE

GENDER: Feminine
PRONOUNCED: be-a-TREE-che (Italian), BEE-ə-tris (English), BEET-ris (English), BE-ah-trees (Swedish), be-ah-TREES (Swedish)   [details]

Meaning & History

Italian form of BEATRIX. Beatrice Portinari (1266-1290) was the woman who was loved by the Italian poet Dante Alighieri. She serves as Dante's guide through paradise in his epic poem the 'Divine Comedy' (1321). This is also the name of a character in Shakespeare's comedy 'Much Ado About Nothing' (1599), in which Beatrice and Benedick are fooled into confessing their love for one another.

Categories

A Series of Unfortunate Events characters, actresses, athletes, British royal family, Divergent characters, literature, princesses, saints, Shakespearian characters
DIMINUTIVE: Bice (Italian)
OTHER LANGUAGES/CULTURES: Beatriu (Catalan), Beatrix (Dutch), Béatrice (French), Beatrix (German), Beatrix (Hungarian), Beatrix, Viatrix (Late Roman), Beatrise (Latvian), Beatrycze (Polish), Beatriz, Bia (Portuguese), Beitris (Scottish), Beatriz (Spanish), Betrys (Welsh)
SAME SPELLING: Béatrice