New Baby Alert: Jodie Sweetin, Wild Child Star, Chooses Genteel Name
Jodie Sweetin, AKA Stephanie Tanner on Full House, may have gone through a wild child period, but for baby number two she's picked a name that evokes the most prim and dimpled of childhoods. Sweetin and her boyfriend, DJ Morty Coyle (Morty Coyle! as in mortal coil?), welcomed daughter Beatrix Carlin Sweetin Coyle, whom, according to PEOPLE, her father has already nicknamed Bea. Sweetin also has a daughter from a previous marriage, Zoie Laurelmae.
Beatrix, "she who brings happiness," derives from the Latin beatus, for happy or blessed. Despite being the name of an adorable queen and of Uma Thurman's kick-ass character in the Kill Bill movies, Beatrix has never been on the charts in the US. (On the other hand, the related international variations Beatrice and Beatriz have both made the US charts in recent years.)
Still, the name is familiar to legions of parents and former children due to the continued popularity of the tales of Beatrix Potter. Potter -- born Helen Beatrix Potter in 1866 -- lived a privileged English childhood complete with governesses, a springer spaniel, and summers sketching in the Lake District. She translated her love of landscape and animals into The Tale of Peter Rabbit, following up that successful book with more than twenty others that included memorably-named characters like Jemima Puddleduck, Squirrel Nutkin, and Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle. Less well known: despite being rejected from school and barred from scientific because she was a woman, Potter became a respected mycologist.
Bea is an adorable nickname that evokes another strong woman, Bea Arthur (though we also like the nickname Trixie). This all makes Beatrix an under-the-radar name with the trifecta of great meaning, great namesakes, and great nicknames. Surprisingly, it hasn't been much used by celebrities (though accessories designer Kate Spade has a daughter named Frances Beatrix). Does the choice of Beatrix, nickname Bea, signal a new maturity for Sweetin?
What do you think of Beatrix? And do you pronounce it with two syllables (bee-trix) or three (bee-a-trix)?