Beatrice nicknames range from the sci fi Tris to the well-why-not Birdie?
A Top 100 choice into the 1930s, count Beatrice among the classic girl names right at home in the twenty-first century. It requires no nickname, but if you’re the type to shorten everything? Luckily, options abound!
Certain accents make the first syllable more of a Bay and less of a Bee. Maybe. But even if you’re not hearing it, almost any B name could easily shorten to Bay. Short names feel quite stylish today. We love choices from the natural world, like River and Skye. Plus, a fictional character answered to the name on ABC Family’s Switched at Birth, too, making it feel slightly more familiar for a daughter.
Some pronounce Bea nickname Baya. Or Bee-ah. Or just plain Bee, as in Bea Arthur. Bea hardly counts as unexpected – it’s probably the default nickname. And yet, with all of those possible pronunciations to ponder, there’s room to make Bea feel distinctive.
Spell it Bebe or Bibi. Either way, it makes a great nickname for Beatrice. Beatrice feels buttoned-down; a good girl name. Bebe takes the name to the wild side, an edgy, sophisticated, even eccentric, nickname name in the key of Gigi or Lulu. Beatrice becomes a Rhodes scholar, while Bebe is her supermodel alter ego.
As Beatrice nicknames go, it’s the ultimate in simplicity. Other Bee-Beatrice names include Jay for James, Kay for Katherine, and Elle for Elizabeth or Eleanor. Some parents appreciate the honeybee imagery, too.
Traditionally a nickname for Elizabeth, Bess could work beautifully for Beatrice, too. The ‘s’ sound in -trice lends itself to Bess – even if it doesn’t look obvious at first.
Another Elizabeth nickname, Betty might also work nicely with Beatrice. Between the ‘B’ and the ‘t’ sounds, Betty follows naturally.
Birdie is the kind of nickname that could attach to nearly any girl’s name, whether the sounds are there or not. It works with Elizabeth and Bernadette, so why not Beatrice?
If Rebecca can become Bex, maybe Beatrice shortens to Bix? Wait, make that Beatrix. Both the -trice and -trix spellings are used in English, though Beatrice remains more popular. Still, Beatrix works, too – and Bix is a definite bonus.
Veronica Roth put Tris on our radar with her 2011 novel Divergent. It’s since become a book series, as well as a movie adaptation. Shailene Woodley played Beatrice “Tris” Prior in the movie.
Strictly speaking, Trixie comes from Beatrix. Except there’s no reason Trixie couldn’t be a nickname for Beatrice. Trixie feels sparky and retro, and maybe a little bit hipster, too, especially since Mo Willems gave the name to the pint-sized heroine of his Park Slope adventures, Knuffle Bunny and sequels.
What are your favorite Beatrice nicknames?
First published on June 24, 2016, this post was revised and updated on August 1, 2020 and again on October 21, 2021.
Elizabeth A says
My 2year old daughter is named Beatrix, I Love your name!!!!
Beatrice “Bess” is such a clever idea, I think I like it better for Beatrice than for Elizabeth! I have a hunch Beatrice will be on the rise in the next few years, and a lot of people will be turning to this post for inspiration!
My mother’s name is Beatrice. Everyone in her family calls her Beaty (Bee-AT-tee)
That is an awesome nickname, Gilbert – thanks for adding it to the list!
I’m a Beatriz with a Z that is pronounced “bee-ah-tris”. I’ve been called Bea, Bebe, and Tris. Fellow Beatrice’s and Beatriz’s , isn’t it so frustrating when someone you know well calls you Beatrix or a different version of your kind of Beatriz?
My family nickname for me is Beatle/Beetle, but everyone else just calls me Bea. I got my fair share of insect and even pollen jokes in school but i love my name. I’ve never met another Beatrix before, a couple Beatrice’s but never with the x. i’m only 20 though so there’s still time yet, and i believe its becoming more common now.
We have always called our daughter Beech as a nickname, or Beat rice and peas
My great grandmother was a Beatrice and her sometimes nickname was Betty !! Love it!!!♥️
i was called beat -a- rice in highschool
Beatrice Stone says
As a Beatrice, these nicknames are intriguing. I have been Bea, pronounced Bee, all my 66 years.A friend has a young daughter by the same name, and calls her Tess. I really like that, but at this age it would be difficult to change my nickname! I do remember in junior high one year insisting my friends call me Beatrice. Then the next year it was near impossible to get them to switch back to Bea! Raised in Texas, my mother pronounced it Be-at-ris. I have switched to Be-uh-tris, which sounds less hickish to me.
I think that Tricey (tree-cee) is a pretty nickname for Beatrice, but I haven’t heard or seen that…it’s just my thought.
I love Beatrice! If I use it, I plan on the nickname, Bea. My great-grandma was Bea, short for Bertha (which she HATED). That’s pronouncing it like Bee so I don’t mind that spelling either. I also like Bebe or Birdie.
My name is Beatrice and I went by many names that my friends have given me I’ve gone by Tris, Bliss, Bea, Birdie and Bay but i am a huge Divergent fan and am mainly called Tris 🙂
Beatrice is beautiful old name, it reminds me of antique lace! I once knew a Beatrice in school who went by the nickname Becky, surprisingly enough. She also went by Beezus from the Beverly Clearly books. She was such a doll <3
Late reading this post, but I know a Beatrice who goes by Beedie, which is unusual but really grew on me!
I love Bebe and Trixie, but when we were considering Beatrice for our second child, I like the nickname Bliss.
Erin B says
Oh, how I would love it if my husband would agree on Beatrice! It’s a family name, too, and I think I just fell head over heels in love with Birdie as a nickname.
I love Beata, pronounced Bee-etta.
Alicia Mae says
I LOVE Beatrice/Beatrix. Birdie is an adorable nickname. And I’ve always liked Trixie for Beatrix. I think it totally could work for Beatrice too. I always thought if I had a daughter and named her Beatrice, her nickname would be “Bea” as a nod to my grandmother (who goes by “B” although her given name is Beulah).
British American says
Love Beatrice. Even more fun with all the nicknames. Would be lovely to have a little Beatrice. I’d probably go for Bee as the nickname and then have her wear cute shirts with bees and such on them.
Mo Willem’s daughter is named Trixie – which is why Trixie is a character in his books. 🙂
I love Bee and Trixie.
Elizabeth Johnson says
I think Betsy is a really nice nickname for Beatrice or Beatrix.
Another one would be Beten or Beaton.