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Given Name BEATRIX
GENDER: Feminine
PRONOUNCED: BEE-ə-triks (English), BE-ah-triks (German), BAY-ah-triks (Dutch)   [key]
Meaning & History
Probably from Viatrix, a feminine form of the Late Latin name Viator which meant "voyager, traveller". It was a common name amongst early Christians, and the spelling was altered by association with Latin beatus "blessed". Viatrix or Beatrix was a 4th-century saint who was strangled to death during the persecutions of Diocletian. In England it became rare after the Middle Ages, but it was revived in the 19th century. A famous bearer was the British author and illustrator Beatrix Potter (1866-1943), the creator of Peter Rabbit.
Related Names
VARIANTS: Beatrice (English), Viatrix (Late Roman)
DIMINUTIVES: Bea, Bee, Trix, Trixie (English)
MASCULINE FORM: Viator (Late Roman)
OTHER LANGUAGES: Beatriu (Catalan), Béatrice (French), Beatrice, Bice (Italian), Beatrise (Latvian), Beatrycze (Polish), Beatriz, Bia (Portuguese), Beitris (Scottish), Beatriz (Spanish), Beatrice (Swedish), Betrys (Welsh)
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