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Bess meaning and name origin
Bess \b(e)-ss\ as a girl's 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 variant forms: Bessie and Bessy.
For more information, see also related names Betsy and Betty.
Baby names that sound like Bess are Basia and Basja.
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Popularity of Bess
Bess is a very popular first name for women (#1110 out of 4276) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#2697 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the baby names popularity of the name Bess for girls. (2010 statistics) Compare Bess with its variant forms and related girl baby names.