This name derives from the Latin “viātor > viātrīx”, meaning "voyager, traveller". It was also a common name amongst early Christians, though the spelling was altered by association with the Latin “beatus”, meaning "blessed". The popularity of the name spread because of Dante Alighieri's poetry about the Florentine woman Beatrice Portinari. Beatrice d'Este, duchess of Bari and later of Milan, was the wife of the Milanese ruler Ludovico Sforza (known as "Il Moro"). She was one of the most beautiful and accomplished princesses of the Italian Renaissance. Beatrijs van Nazareth (1200–1268) was a Flemish Cistercian nun.