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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 girl names Betsy and Betty.


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

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Bess for girls. Bess reached its highest rank of #175 in the U.S. in 1880-1889. (2014 statistics).

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

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Bess and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Elizabeth (#14), Betty, Betsy, Bessie and Bess. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Bess, Bessie, Betsy, Betty, Elizabeth in U.S.

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

Similar Names

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