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Meaning and Origin of: Beatrice

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Girl name origins & meanings:

  • Latin : Happy

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Family name origins & meanings:

  • Italian and French (Béatrice) : from a medieval female personal name borne in honor of a 4th-century saint, martyred together with her brothers Simplicius and Faustinus. Her name was originally Viātrix meaning ‘traveler’ (a feminine form of viātor, from via ‘way’), a name adopted by early Christians in reference to the journey through life, and Christ’s description of himself as ‘the way, the life, and the truth’; it was later altered as a result of folk etymological association with Latin beatus ‘blessed’.

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