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.
Other Languages & CulturesBeatriu(Catalan) Beatrix(Dutch) Béatrice(French) Beatrix(German) Beatrix, Bea(Hungarian) Beatrix, Viatrix(Late Roman) Beatrise(Latvian) Beatrycze(Polish) Beatriz, Bia(Portuguese) Beitris(Scottish) Beatriz(Spanish) Betrys(Welsh)
Beatrice and Virgil, in a Gustave Doré illustration (1857) from the Divine Comedy
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Entry updated April 25, 2021