Nickname Bea...whats the full name for a girl?

(56 Posts)
bumbleandbumble Sat 13-Jul-13 19:43:11

Love the name Bea but husband is not keen on Beatrice (its a personal bad association with someone he disliked)...are there any other options?

Its ok if they are not so obvious. I met a Balen which I liked but not sure works not being spanish.

please suggest other names

lolalotta Sat 13-Jul-13 19:49:37


elliephant Sat 13-Jul-13 19:55:33

Brigit and all it's variations and Elizabeth

mothermirth Sat 13-Jul-13 19:57:33


Hassled Sat 13-Jul-13 19:59:06

Sorry - but I think the vast majority of people would assume Beatrice. She would have a lifetime of explaining/contradicting ahead of her.

elliephant Sat 13-Jul-13 19:59:26

It is also a name in it's own right

Ruprekt Sat 13-Jul-13 20:02:31



bumbleandbumble Sat 13-Jul-13 20:04:19

name in its own right? really.

how do you pronounce Brigit

I have a friend bea. Full name Beatrice.

BoreOfWhabylon Sat 13-Jul-13 20:06:56

How about Beata? I think it means 'blessed'

justhayley Sat 13-Jul-13 20:07:49

Yeah I know a Bea who's just Bea. I also know a Phoebe who's known as Bea

CountBapula Sat 13-Jul-13 20:08:30

I have a friend called Bee. It's short for Abigail.

WhoNickedMyName Sat 13-Jul-13 20:09:17

I know a Bea and her full name is Beatrix.

outingmyselfprobably Sat 13-Jul-13 20:16:47


EduCated Sat 13-Jul-13 20:18:28


My sister is known as bea and her name is Bethany.

Surf25 Sat 13-Jul-13 20:33:02

Beth - we very nearly used this for dd2 and I would have had bea as a nn. One of my closest friends is Beth (short for Elizabeth) but often signs herself B and I often call her Bea. I love it!

Fwiw I wouldn't assume that Bea was Beatrice, but Beatrice is very uncommon where I am and perhaps that is why. don't get me wrong, it's a fine name, just don't come across it much!

Surf25 Sat 13-Jul-13 20:33:34

Oops posted too soon, meant to say you could have Bethany or Elizabeth too!

TenToWine Sat 13-Jul-13 20:36:24

My neice phoebe sometimes gets Be. I also know a Bee ( full name).

Wbdn28 Sat 13-Jul-13 21:43:37

I agree everyone will assume it's short for Beatrice.

steppemum Sat 13-Jul-13 21:50:24

might depend if you want to pronounce it Bee or Be-a

SanityClause Sat 13-Jul-13 21:56:06

I know an Eloise who's called Bea......

SoggySummer Sat 13-Jul-13 21:56:41

Brigit is pronounced Bridge-it

devonsmummy Sat 13-Jul-13 22:15:01

I know a Bryony called Bea
I think any name beginning with B could get away with the nickname / shortening Bea
Just like many boys with names that start with J, i.e.. Jamie, Jason, James get called Jay

goldenlula Sat 13-Jul-13 22:26:46

I know a Bethany who is called 'Bee', but it could as easily be 'Bea'.

Alisvolatpropiis Sat 13-Jul-13 23:46:18


It's the Afrikaans form of Beatrice

TheCatIsUpTheDuff Sun 14-Jul-13 00:00:56

I know an Abigail and a Phoebe who sometimes go by Bee.

FingersCrossedLegsNot Sun 14-Jul-13 01:01:35


DonDrapersAltrEgoBigglesDraper Sun 14-Jul-13 02:07:20

Why does it have to be Bea?

Can't it be Bee? That would widen up the choices for you, and stop everyone fixating on Beatrice.

I'm also surprised at people with names like Bethany and Briony shortened to Bea-with-an-a. Again, why isn't it Bee...? Where does the random 'a' come from?

bumbleandbumble Sun 14-Jul-13 03:29:25

Sorry. Meant to clarify I like the pronunciation "Bay-a" not bee.

Its the Italian way, short for Beatrice, which is Bay- a-tree- che.

So I guess I am looking for other names with b in it or bay in it or something along those lines.

lolalotta Sun 14-Jul-13 05:59:40

Not keen on Bay-a!!!

magpieC Sun 14-Jul-13 06:21:13


Rhienne Sun 14-Jul-13 06:39:27

I also know a Beata, which I think is pretty.

rosyryan Sun 14-Jul-13 10:39:09

The only name I can think of with Bay in it is the Samoan name Eapeisi which is pronounced Air-BAY-see smile

TwasBrillig Sun 14-Jul-13 10:42:51

I think it might be hard for native English to get bay a, even from Beatrice you usually hear bee a.

outingmyselfprobably Sun 14-Jul-13 10:45:29


outingmyselfprobably Sun 14-Jul-13 10:45:37


Onetwo34 Sun 14-Jul-13 10:54:28

The baya way of pronouncing it, will make it pretty hard for English speakers to think of an alternative I fear.

twentyfourcarat Sun 14-Jul-13 13:34:31

I know a Rebecca who is B...

charitygirl Sun 14-Jul-13 13:38:02

Well if that's the pronunciation you like, Beata is a no-brainer!

thegreylady Sun 14-Jul-13 14:09:38

Beata is lovely.

elQuintoConyo Sun 14-Jul-13 14:18:52

B pronunciation - I think Beatrice. But it could also be Belinda, Betty, Barbara... It's the name of my childhood bunny (B, not Barbara!)

Bay-a I've no idea. Italian and Spainish would obviously be Beatrice.

By the way, it's Belen in Spanish, I've never heard of Balen. (Belen is the Nativity).

bumbleandbumble Sun 14-Jul-13 15:59:02

Yes. sorry typo. I meant Belen.
How do you pronounce Beata?

On list now is

BoreOfWhabylon Sun 14-Jul-13 16:11:02

Bee AH ta

Can also be spelled Beate but pronounced the same way.

BoreOfWhabylon Sun 14-Jul-13 16:12:41

Sometimes Bay AH ta

misskatamari Sun 14-Jul-13 16:36:51

If you like Bea I would just use that smile

FieryChipotle Sun 14-Jul-13 16:40:52


elQuintoConyo Sun 14-Jul-13 17:01:30

Just from reading Beate, I'd pronounce it bee-ta until you told me it was correct or not.
Spanish/Italian pronunciation would be beh-A-teh.
I know a few Belens of different ages, although it isn't a super-popular name (I live in Spain).

Rhienne Sun 14-Jul-13 17:18:08

Where I am it's Bey-ah-ta.

Bey rhyming with whey
Ah as the a in amish
and ta rhyming with the 'ca in arnica.

(Trying to figure out if I can actually hear any difference between whey and way and not sure I can...)

BikeRunSki Sun 14-Jul-13 17:22:34

Balen is French for whale, beware!

SharonBodfish Sun 14-Jul-13 18:42:37

My brother-in-law's mum is called Bea, it's short for Beaufighter. All 3 of her sisters are named after aircraft, and their brother is called Vosper or something, after a ship. I think their dad was a bit eccentric. He had his own small tank, shortwave radio transmitter and used to continually suggest reasons for starting a war.

Beaufighter is a lovely name, though. Nice and summery.

forevergreek Sun 14-Jul-13 19:59:55

Beate/ beata - German Origin ( well the ones I know), pronounced bey-ah-ta

KLou1105 Sun 14-Jul-13 20:12:10

Im not sure on bea but I know someone called beau, her full name is Isabeau Pn- Iza bow I think it's lovely x

FingersCrossedLegsNot Sun 14-Jul-13 20:27:36


ZingWidge Mon 15-Jul-13 17:26:54




SugarMouse1 Mon 15-Jul-13 19:24:49

I know a Bernice who goes by Bee

Could also be Bernadette, Bianca

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