Nicknames for Beatrice and Eleanor

I'm between Charlotte, Beatrice and Eleanor for my little girl. In my family we all go by nicknames most of the time. So I want the name I pick to have a nickname I love as well.
For Charlotte I really like Charlie, but I need some help with Beatrice and Eleanor.

For Beatrice I can't find any nicknames I love. I don't like Trish or Tris at all. Bea is...okay, but I'm not in love.
I don't like most typical nicknames for Eleanor either: Ellie, Elle, Ella etc., but I love Lily - is it too much of a stretch?

Do you have any other nickname ideas for Beatrice and Eleanor other than the ones I've mentioned?



December 3, 2015 2:47 PM

Ideas for Beatrice: Bee, Bay, Ree, Beat, Trixie, Tia, Ria

And Eleanor: Lea, Lena, Lenore, Nora, Anorah, Leia, Nor

December 3, 2015 3:13 PM

I like Etta for Beatrice. Might be a stretch but sounds cute. 

I like Ellie. But Lily is ok. 

By mk
December 3, 2015 3:23 PM

Trixie and Nora, both in use among kids I know with those names. Lily is ok for Eleanor but I'm inclined to say just use Lily as the name.

December 3, 2015 9:29 PM

I would say that Trixie is more of a nickname for Beatrix. If you prefer this nickname, how about the full name as Beatrix instead of Beatrice? :-)

December 3, 2015 3:38 PM

Trixie is absolutely lovely! Not sure why I haven't thought of that before

For Eleanor I still like Lily best, but Lea(h) is really pretty, too. Just not too sure if it might be an issue that the lea in eLEAnor is pronounced differently than Lea(h) on its own...?

December 3, 2015 3:42 PM

The traditional nickname for Eleanor is Nell or Nelly (from the medieval endearment "mine El" which sounds like "my Nell").  Nell is my daughter Eleanor's nickname, and I love that it's classic, friendly, and feels right on a small child or a grown woman.  I also love Nell's derivation; it's basically a nickname with an endearment built in. (I will occassionally call my daughter "mine Eleanor" too.)  Nell also feels a bit timeless to me--I wouldn't be surprised to meet a Nell of any age, but it also fits in well stylistically with the Ellies, Ellas, Belles, Isabels, etc. on the playground.

If you  like Charlie, how about Lenny (from Lenore or Lena)?  I think Nora is the most popular nickname for young Eleanors today and is actually more popular than Eleanor as a given name.  (6,702 girls were named Nora or Norah last year, compared to 3,704 Eleanors.)

Lily from Eleanor does feel like a stretch to me, but I think it's doable if you love it.  While I wouldn't pick it as a nickname for my daughter, I would get over it very quickly if I met another Eleanor nicknamed Lily and wouldn't mind at all if my daughter decided to use it as a call name when she's older.

Others have better suggestions for Beatrice, but I'll add Triss, Trissa, Bia, and Tree in case they suit your taste.






December 3, 2015 9:48 PM

Personally, if I met an Eleanor nicknamed Lily, I would wonder why her parents hadn't just named her Lily to begin with. :) Unless, of course, Lily was a completely unplanned nickname, like the ones some children give themselves (or their siblings) when they can't pronounce their names. 

What about Bet, Bets, Betty or Betsy for Beatrice? 

December 4, 2015 12:39 AM

I think Norah or Nell(e) for Eleanor are cute, as others have mentioned. Nelle was Harper Lee's first name, and Harper has become a big hit name but Nelle is less common but I think it's cute! 

Beatrice is hard, I can see Bibi being cute for a really little girl, or just for immediate family something like Honey bee! but as far as a nickname that would be used for a long time with extended family I'm not sure. 

December 4, 2015 10:52 AM

I'll second the suggestion of Beatrix called Trixie, though if you don't really like any of the nicknames and you plan to use a nickname, perhaps Beatrice just isn't the name.

For Eleanor I think the problem is you are only looking at the "el" nicknames.  There is also Lenore, Lenora, Nora, Nell, Nellie.  I think Lora could also work.  

I do think Lily is a bit of a stretch.  If you like Lily, perhaps you should consider Lillian or Lilliana.  Lily is also a traditional nickname for Elizabeth.

December 5, 2015 10:52 AM

I was between Beatrix and Beatrice, but I slightly prefer it with a C. Could I still use Trixie for Beatrice, or should I go for Beatrix in that case?

I can see that it may seem a  bit odd to use Lily as a nickname for Eleanor and not as a stand alone name. I'm pretty set on Eleanor, because I really love the name! Another nickname my sister came up with is Lori, which I think is really cute. Is it a bit of a stretch like Lily or do you think it could work?

I really love all three names, but what I love the most about Beatrice/Beatrix is that I don't know anyone else with that name (only as a middle). So that's a big plus. I don't mind her name being popular, but I'd like to use a name that's not among family and friends already, obviously. There's two Charlottes and one Eleanor in our circle of friends, but I'm not very close with either, so I don't know if that should put me off or not.

December 5, 2015 11:03 AM

It would obviously be more convenient to use Beatrix for the nickname Trixie, but Trixie is definitely still a very usable nickname for Beatrice (in my opinion). In the long run, I think Beatrice is a more classic sounding name then Beatrix and I do prefer it as a full name without any other conditions. Unless you love literary name connections (Beatrix Potter), I would use Beatrice if you prefer it.

December 5, 2015 11:27 AM

The former queen of the Netherlands (now princess since her abdication) is Beatrix.  I wouldn't say that Beatrix is "less classic" than Beatrice.  Since the probable origin of the name is the Late Latin Viatrix, Beatrix could be said to be the more "classic" or at least "classical."  I think either form could be nicknamed Trixie or Trix or even Triss (which I have also heard as a nickname for Patricia, possibly from a small child's attempt to say Trish).  Choosing between the two seems to me to be a simple matter of preference.

December 5, 2015 11:33 AM

I think Trixie is just as good a nickname for Beatrice as it is for Beatrix. I like both versions, but I share your slight preference for Beatrice -- it's just a tiny bit more pleasant on the tongue and mind, somehow.

Lori for Eleanor is a bit dyslexic, but it could work. :-)  Nori would be a fun nickname, especially if you like sushi.

Name repeats within your circle of friends -- especially if it's the extended circle of people you're not close with -- should not put you off names you love. We'd have to use our Social Security numbers as names if we all wanted unique labels, and that would be rather ...unpleasant. I enjoy repeated names: they can be a memory aid, and it's fun to see the different personalities that can all fit under the same umbrella.

December 11, 2015 10:06 AM

Thank you all for your help! I have decided to go with Eleanor and Len / Lenny as a nn :)

December 11, 2015 6:01 PM

I'm thrilled to bits that I might have helped you find the right nickname!


Depending on your accent and where you are from, you should be aware that people might confuse Len with Lynn.  In my accent, I would pronounce them the same, but I am pen/pin merged.  I don't think this should reduce your enthusiasm for the name, especially for a nickname, but I do think you should at least be prepared for the possibility.  (I don't think there is likely to be similar confusion for Lenny, though, since there isn't a simarly pronounced Lynny that I know of.)

December 11, 2015 11:04 AM

If you really dislike all the nicknames for beatrice, she could simply go by beatrice. I absolutley LOVE Charlie, and i think that lily is a beautiful sounding name, and would be perfectley fine as a nickname for Eleanor, and I agree, Ellie and Ella are sorta overused.

December 11, 2015 11:07 AM

another nickname for Eleanor could be nora, or Noel, but Noel might be a little much... well just consider those names.