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Bess

What does Bess mean?

Bess Pronunciation of Bess [bess] 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.

Associated with: queen, good.

Variations

Bess has 2 variants: Bessie and Bessy.

Related girl names: Betsy and Betty.

Bess has 45 more different relations 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.

Creative forms:
(female) Bass, Bese, ..

(male) Bebas, Bedy, ..

Middle name pairings:
Bess Avalyn (B.A.), ..

How popular is Bess?

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. Demographics)

Presented below is the baby name statistics of Bess for girls. Bess entered the list in 1880-1889 and reached its top rank of #175 in the U.S. then, but is not ranked at the moment. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Bess name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Prominent alternative forms of Bess listed in the Top 2000 are Elizabeth (#13 in 2015), Bella (#74), Elsa (#487), Lisa (#749), Belle (#1053), Betty (#1287), Betsy (#1692), Veta, Leesa, Lyssa, Lissa, Lise, Leisa, Leasa, Bell, Beth, Bessie, Betsey, Bette, Else, Betti and Ilse. Other variants, like Bett, are seldom used. Usage of these relations of Bess was widespread during 1880-1889 (adoption of 6.39%) and is now much lower (adoption 1.06%, 83.5%), with forms such as Beth falling out of fashion.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Bess, Bell, Bella, Belle, Bessie in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Beth, Betsey, Betsy, Bette, Betti in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Betty, Elizabeth, Elsa, Else, Ilse in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Leasa, Leesa, Leisa, Lisa, Lise in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Lissa, Lyssa, Veta in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Recommended names are Babs, Bea, Beah, Beau, Beba, Bebe, Beck, Beda, Bee, Beea, Beki, Bel, Bena, Bep, Bera, Bert, Bets, Betts, Bev, Bliss, Blyss, Cass, Ess, Jess, Joss, Kass, Ross and Tess. These names tend to be less commonly used than Bess.

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