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Girl Names Ending with -ess

Ess ending baby names and what they mean, with 31 results. -ess names are used more often as feminine names. Usage of these girl names was at its peak during 1880-1889 (ADOPTION OF 0.1%) and has become much less since, with names like Bess becoming less fashionable. Princess (#744) is the most fashionable baby name in this list, while Riess (TOP 10%) and Guess (3%) are conventional -ess last names.

-ess names

Aeress - Janess | Jess - Walless

Aeress - Janess

Form of Eris. Source fr. Greek. .. goddess of discord and destruction, and .. Airess is a somewhat common kid's name.


Form of Agnes. Root fr. Greek. "Pure, holy." Agness (cf. Axness, Arness) is a popular -ess suffix last name.

Alless1, Alless2
Var. of Alice. Based on Old German. "Noble, exalted." Not in Top 2000. See also Aleesa.


Short form of Elizabeth, used commonly .. Bess grew in popularity 138 years ago, but now, Bess has become less trendy. See also Jess.

Var. of Betty. Stems fr. Dutch, English, Hebrew. "God is my oath." Bess has faded in favor as a birth name since 1880-1889. See also Beki.

Var. of Elizabeth. From Hebrew element. "God is my oath." Bess is generally used as a girls' name compared to other variations. See also Beck.

Var. of Caresse. Source fr. French language. "Tender touch." Caress is an uncommonly used women's name, occurring regularly (TOP 46%) as a surname. See also Carys.

Var. of Chantal. Based on Old French language. "Stone." Not Top 2000 name.

Var. of Chloris. Derivative of Greek language. "Green, greenish-yellow." Chloress is uncommon as a baby name.

Var. of Corliss. Derivative of Old English element. "Cheerful, carefree." Carless and Coless are creative forms.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of -ess names: Agness, Bess, Empress

Var. of Damaris. Derivative of Greek, Latin elements. "Calf; to tame; gentle." Damaress is rare as a given name.


Var. of Imperia. Stems fr. Latin element. "Imperial." Unconventional, with usage of 0.006% for Empress as a birth name in 2018, higher than 0.006% the previous year.

Title which ranks even higher than .. A familiar baby name.

Var. of Esther. Source fr. Persian. "Myrtle, bride; star." Ess is not in the Top 2000. See also Els.

Var. of Frances. Based on Latin. "French." Francess was not a Top birth name in 2018. See also Franchesa.

Form of Gwyneth. Origin fr. Welsh word. "White, fair." Gwenness was not a Top birth name in 2018.

Var. of Hollis. Origin fr. Old English word. "Near the holly bushes." Rare. Holless is not found in the US Demographics.

Var. of Innes. Based on Scottish, Gaelic words. "Island." Innes (TOP 7%), Inners (66%) are conventional last names. Gender-neutral name.

Var. of Jancis. Root fr. Hebrew, Latin languages. "Frenchman; God is gracious." Uncommon. Jancess is not found in the US Census.

Form of Janice. From Hebrew language. "God is gracious." Rather quirky as a girls' name. See also Janeesa.

Quick Reference

Summary Index of names [and variants] for -ess names for girls.

1. Aeress - Janess
Eris [Aeress], Agnes [Agness], Alice [Alless], Bess, Betty [Bess], Elizabeth [Bess], Caresse [Caress], Chantal [Chantress], Chloris [Chloress], Corliss [Corless], Damaris [Damaress], Imperia [Empress], Empress, Esther [Ess], Frances [Francess], Gwyneth [Gwenness], Hollis [Holless], Innes [Inness], Jancis [Jancess], Janice [Janess]

Jane [Jess], Jasmine [Jess], Jessica [Jess], Jessie [Jess], Karissa [Karess], Princess, Teresa [Tess], Tessa [Tess], Theresa [Tess], Vigdis [Vigdess], Wallis [Walless]

Usage comparison for -ess names