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 (#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)
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)