Benedict, Benedikt

Gender: Masculine
Origin: Latin
Meaning: “blessed.”

The name comes directly from the Late Latin name Benedictus meaning “blessed.” The name was borne by a 6th-centuy Italian monk and saint who credited for being the founder of the Order of the Benedictines.

The name was very common throughout Medieval Europe, being borne by 16 popes, it was fairly popular in England, in the form of Bennett.

The name was also commonly used among German-Jews, being used as a cognate of the Hebrew male name Baruch בָּרוּךְ (blessed).

In the United States, the name became taboo to use due to its associations with Benedict Arnold (1741-1801) a famous American deserter and traitor to the British.

The name recently skyrocketed in Germany after the succession of the German born Pope Benedict XVI. It is currently the 93rd most popular male name in Germany, (2011). It is especially popular in Bavaria.

His rankings in other countries are as follows:

  • # 1 (Bence, Hungary, 2010)
  • # 32 (Benedek, Hungary, 2010)
  • # 294 (Benoît, France, 2009)

Other forms of the name include:

  • Benedikti (Albanian)
  • Benedet (Aragonese)
  • Benedictu (Asturian)
  • Benedita (Basque)
  • Beñat (Basque)
  • Benead (Breton)
  • Benet (Catalan)
  • Benedettu (Corsican/Maltese/Sardinian)
  • Benedikt Венедикт (Croatian/Czech/German/Icelandic/Norwegian/Russian/Serbian/Scandinavian/Ukrainian)
  • Ben(d)t (Danish/Norwegian)
  • Benedictus (Dutch/Late Latin)
  • Benedict (English/German/Romanian/Scandinavian)
  • Bennett (English)
  • Pentti (Finnish)
  • Bénédict (French)
  • Benoît (French)
  • Beinidict (Gaelic)
  • Bieito (Galician)
  • Benedikhti ბენედიქტე (Georgian)
  • Bendix (German/Norwegian)
  • Bennet (German)
  • Benz (German)
  • Venediktos Βενέδικτος (Greek)
  • Bence (Hungarian)
  • Benedek (Hungarian)
  • Benett (Hungarian)
  • Benedetto (Italian)
  • Benito (Italian/Spanish)
  • Bettino (Italian)
  • Bendiks (Latvian)
  • Benediktas (Lithuanian)
  • Bendik (Norwegian)
  • Benedix (Plattdeutsch)
  • Benedykt (Polish)
  • Benedito (Portuguese)
  • Bento (Portuguese)
  • Benezet (Provençal)
  • Banadet (Romansch)
  • Banadegt (Romansch)
  • Bandet (Romansch)
  • Benedegt (Romansch)
  • Binidittu (Sicilian)
  • Beňadik (Slovak)
  • Bengt (Swedish)
  • Bened (Welsh)
  • Benesh (Yiddish)

Feminine forms include:

  • Benedetta (Corsican/Maltese/Italian/Sardinian)
  • Benedikta (Czech/German)
  • Benedikte (Danish/Norwegian)
  • Bénédicte (French)
  • Benoîte (French)
  • Benita (Italian/Spanish)
  • Bettina (Italian)
  • Benedicta (Latin/Romansch)
  • Benedykta (Polish)
  • Benedita (Portuguese)
  • Bengta (Swedish)


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).




Gender: masculine
Origin: Old Slavonic
Meaning: “blessed glory.”

The name is composed of the Old Slavonic elements svyanto meaning “blessed, holy, bright” and slav meaning “glory.” In the Czech Republic, its designated name-day is December 3rd. A common Czech diminutive form is Svatoš.

Other forms of the name are:

  • Světoslav (Czech)
  • Svyatoslav Святослав (Bulgarian/Russian/Ukrainian)
  • Swietosław (Polish)
  • Svätoslav/Svetislav (Slovakian)
  • Svetislav/Svetoslav (Serbo-Croatian)

Beatrice, Beatrix

Gender: Feminine
Origin: Latin
Meaning: “blessed; traveller, voyager.”

The name is of somewhat debated meaning, some sources list it as a derivative of the Latin word beatus meaning “blessed” while other sources claim that it is a feminine form of the Latin name, Viator which means, “traveller” or “voyager.”

The famous Italian poet, Dante Aligheri, author of the Inferno, and other works, used Beatrice Portinari, (a local noblewoman whom the author was in love with), as a recurrent theme in his writings. The name has been consistently popular in Italy since the Middle Ages, she was especially popular in the rest of Europe during the Middle Ages as well, but has gone in and out of fashion since, depending on the country. It was particularly popular in England before the Reformation, where it experienced a revival in the 19th-century. Peter Rabbit author, Beatrix Potter, bore the name (1866-1943).T he name is also borne by several early Christian saints, and it is currently borne by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands.

Beatrix has not ranked in the U.S. top 1000 since 1883! As of 2005, however, Beatrix was the 88th most popular female name in Hungary. Her counterpart of Beatrice faired much better in the U.S. statistics, though not anywhere near the top 100, Beatrice at least ranks in at # 833 (2008). In 2006, Beatriz was the 59th most popular female name in Spain.

Other forms of the name include:
  • Batirtze (Basque)
  • Beatriu (Catalan)
  • Beatrijs (Dutch)
  • Beatrix (Dutch/English/German)
  • Béatrice/Béatrix (French: bay-ah-TREES/bay-ah-TREEKS)
  • Beke/Beeke (Frisian: diminutive forms are Bekje. Pronounced BEH-ke)
  • Beatrisa (German)
  • Beatríke Βεατρίκη (Greek: Modern)
  • Beatricse/Beatrisz/Beatrix (Hungarian: a Hungarian diminutive is Trixi)
  • Beatrice (Italian/English/Romanian/Swedish: in Italian, pronounced, bay-ah-TREE-chay. Bice is a common diminutive form, though in recent years, it is considered dated, and the diminutive form of Bea has taken its place instead)
  • Bicetta/Cettina (Italian: originally diminutive forms, now used as independent given names, though, very obscure)
  • Beatrise (Latvian)
  • Beatričė (Lithuanian)
  • Beatriċi (Maltese: the pronunciation is somewhat similar to the Italian)
  • Beatrycze (Polish: beh-ah-TRIH-cheh)
  • Beatryks (Polish: beh-ah-TRIKS)
  • Beatris (Provencal)
  • Beatrisa Беатриса (Russian)
  • Beatrìci (Sardinian)
  • Beitris (Scottish)
  • Beatrica (Slovene: beh-ah-TREET-sah)
  • Beatriz (Spanish/Portuguese: Spanish Iberian: bey-ah-TREETH, Spanish Latin American: bey-ah-TREES; Portuguese Iberian: bee-ah-TREEZH)
  • Beatrixe (Swiss-German)
  • Betrys (Welsh)

The names, Beata and Viatrix, have also been linked with Beatrice.

Common English diminutives are Bea, Bee, Trixie and Trissie. A Portuguese short form is Bia.

Name-days are: January 17 (Lithuania), February 13 (France), July 29 (Lithuania/Poland), December 2 (Sweden).