Beatrice is a female name, originally from Italian, meaning "blessed woman." It is pronounced bay-a'-tree-chay in Italian and bee'-a-tris in English. The name originally came from the late Latin name "Beatrix" (made famous by early Christian martyr Saint Beatrix), which itself was a bastardized fusion of the Latin terms viatrix, "female traveller," and beatus, "blessed."

The most famous Beatrice, after whom all later Beatrices are named, was Dante's great love and muse Beatrice Portinari. Other notable Beatrices include:

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