Unexpected nicknames for Beatrice range from the sci fi Tris to the why-not Birdie?
A Top 100 choice into the 1930s, count Beatrice among the classic names for girls ready for revival.
If you’re in love with this traditional, stylish choice for a daughter, here are the nine best nickname options to consider.
Nicknames for Beatrice: Bay
I’d heard that certain British accents, as well as Italian, made the first syllable more of a Bay and less of a Bee. After listening to various pronunciations, I’m not so sure. And yet, almost any B name could easily shorten to Bay.
Bay succeeds for many reasons. Short names feel quite stylish today. We love choices from the natural world. A fictional character answered to the name on ABC Family’s Switched at Birth, too.
Nicknames for Beatrice: Bea
Speaking of Bay, it’s possible to pronounce this 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.
Nicknames for Beatrice: Bebe
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.
Nicknames for Beatrice: Bee
I’ve seen this one popping up more and more lately. As nicknames for Beatrice 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.
Nicknames for Beatrice: Bess
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.
Nicknames for Beatrice: Betty
Another Elizabeth nickname, Betty could also work nicely with Beatrice. Between the ‘B’ sound and the ‘t’ sound, Betty can come naturally from Beatrice, too.
Nicknames for Beatrice: Birdie
Birdie is the kind of nickname that could attach to nearly any girl’s name, whether the sounds are there or not. I like it with Elizabeth and Bernadette, but why not Beatrice?
Nicknames for Beatrice: Tris
Veronica Roth put Tris on our radar with her 2011 novel Divergent. It’s since become a book series, as well as a 2014 movie adaptation. Shailene Woodley played Beatrice “Tris” Prior in the movie.
Nicknames for Beatrice: Trixie
Strictly speaking, Trixie comes from Beatrix. Except there’s no reason Trixie couldn’t be a nickname for Beatrice. Trixie feels sassy 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 nicknames for Beatrice? Would you consider any of these names?