Gender: Feminine
Origin: Latin
Meaning: “blessed”
Eng (bee-AH-tah); Pol (beh-AH-tah).

The name is derived from the Latin word, beatus, meaning “blessed.”

The name was borne by an early Christian martyr from Spain.

It has been a very popular name in Central Europe, particularly in Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and to a certain extent, Germany.

The name is/was also borne by Beata Kościeleckich Łaska, a 16th-century Polish noblewoman, mother of Halszka Ostrogska, and speculated to be the first tourist to the Tatry Mountains in Poland; first professional Swedish actress, Beata Sabina Straas (d.1773); Beata Artemska, a famous Polish cabaret dancer (1918-1985); early German feminist, Beate Sirota Gordon (b.1923); Polish pop songstress, Beata Kozidrak (b.1960).

Other forms of the name include:

Beáta Беа́та (Czech/Hungarian/Russian/Slovak)
Beate (Danish/German/Norwegian)
Beata (Italian/Lithuanian/Polish/Romansch/Spanish/Swedish)
Béate (French)
Bietta (Romansch)

A Polish diminutive is Beatka.

Masculine forms include

Béat (French)
Beato (Italian)
Beatus (Late Latin)
Beata (Lithuanian)
Biet (Romansch)
Beat (Romansch/Swiss-German)

The designated name-days are: March 8 (Poland/Lithuania); March 22 (Hungary); June 28 (Slovakia); September 6 (Poland); October 25 (Czech Republic); December 2 (Sweden); December 22 (Poland).