PronouncedPron.bee-ET (French, History)
Other FormsFormsBiota, Bietta
ContributorContrib.babycrookston on 3/20/2011
Perhaps from Bietta, the Romansch form of Beata. The medieval French woman Biette de Cassinel (c.1340–c.1380) was the chief mistress of King Charles V of France. She is occasionally referred to as Biota. Biette could conceivably be a francization of Bettina; her Italian great-grandfather was Bettino Cassinelli.