What does Bess mean?
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 (#3532 out of 150436, Top 2%). (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)
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 these girl names was at its apex during 1880-1889 (usage of 0.4275%) and is now much lower (usage 0.1694%, down 60.4%), with forms such as Lisa, Bette, Betsy, Bell 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. Below is a graphed comparison of the popularity of Bess and related names. (2014 Birth Statistics)