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GenderFeminine
PronouncedPron.be-A-triks German
BE-a-triks German
BE-aw-treeks Hungarian
BAY-ah-triks Dutch
BEE-ə-triks English
BEE-triks English
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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, happy". Viatrix or Beatrix was a 4th-century saint who was strangled to death during the persecutions of Diocletian.

In England the name became rare after the Middle Ages, but it was revived in the 19th century, more commonly in the spelling Beatrice. Famous bearers include the British author and illustrator Beatrix Potter (1866-1943), the creator of Peter Rabbit, and Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands (1938-).
VariantsBeatrice English Viatrix Late Roman
DiminutivesBea, Bee, Trix, Trixie English
Masculine FormViator Late Roman
Other Languages & CulturesBeatriu 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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Entry updated May 31, 2018