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What does Bess mean?

Bess \b(e)-ss\ as a girls' name. Short form of Elizabeth, used commonly during the time of Queen Elizabeth I, who was known as "Good Queen Bess". Variants are pet forms.


Bess has 2 variants: Bessie and Bessy.

For more on this name, see also related girl names Betsy and Betty.

Bess has 45 more different forms via Elizabeth: Bell, Bella, Belle, Bet, Beta, Beth, Bethy, Betsan, Betsey, Betsie, Betsy, Bett, Betta, Bette, Betti, Betty, Biff, Bit, Els, Elsa, Else, Elsy, Helsa, Ilsa, Ilse, Leasa, Leesa, Leisa, Lies, Liesa, Liese, Lis, Lisa, Lise, Lisl, Lissa, Lissi, Lissy, Lusa, Lys, Lysa, Lyse, Lyssa, Lyssi and Veta.


Bess is a very prominent first name for women (#1110 out of 4276, Top 26%) and also a very prominent surname for all people (#2697 out of 88799, Top 3%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Presented below is the baby name popularity of Bess for girls. Bess reached its top rank of #175 in the U.S. then, but is not ranked at the moment. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Bess name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Bess outside U.S.

Below is a graphed comparison of the popularity of Bess and related names. Prominent alternative forms of Bess listed in the Top 1000 are Elizabeth (#14 in 2014), Bella (#70), Elsa (#286), Lisa (#750), Lissa, Else, Leesa, Leisa, Lise, Betty, Belle, Bessie, Beth, Bette, Betsy and Bell. Usage of this girl name was at its apex during the years 1880-1889 and is now much lower, with forms such as Lisa, Bette, Betty, Betsy and Beth falling out of fashion. Elsa (#286) and Bella (#70) are two of the more fashionable names for newborns in this compilation, with Bella and Elsa undergoing a revival in usage. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Bell, Bella, Belle, Bess, Bessie, Beth, Betsy, Bette, Betty, Elizabeth in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Elsa, Else, Leesa, Leisa, Lisa, Lise, Lissa in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Bella, Beth, Elizabeth, Elsa, Lisa outside U.S.

Similar Names

Recommended similar baby names are Beck, Beki, Bets, Jess and Tess. These names tend to be less commonly used than Bess.