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What does Bessie mean?

Bessie Pronunciation of Bessie [bessie] as a girls' name has its root in Hebrew, and the meaning of Bessie is "house; God is my oath". Bessie is a version of Bess: short variation of Elizabeth. Bessie is also a variation of Beth (Hebrew). Bessie is also used as a variation of Betty (Dutch, English, Hebrew). See also Betsy.

Associated with: oath.


Bessie has 2 variants: Bessy and Bizzy.

17 more alternative forms via Bess, Beth, Betty, Elizabeth: Belle, Bethie, Betsan, Betsey, Betsie, Betsy, Bette, Betti, Bettie, Bettine, Bettye, Elsie, Elspie, Lissi, Lissie, Lyssi and Lyssie.

Creative forms:
(female) Basie, Besie, ..

(male) Besgio, Beslee, ..

Middle name pairings:
Bessie Vivianna (B.V.), ..

How popular is Bessie?

Bessie is a very prominent first name for females (#221 out of 4276, Top 5%) and a slightly less prominent surname for all people (#136783 out of 150436, Top 91%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Bessie reached its top position of #13 in the U.S. in the 1880s, but is not ranked currently. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its source forms and related girl names. Belle (#1053 in recent rankings), Bess, Beth, Betsey, Betsy (#1692), Bette, Betti, Bettie, Betty (#1287), Bettye, Elizabeth (#13), Elsie (#386) and Lissie are the prominent related forms of Bessie. Other forms, like Bettine, are uncommon. These forms of Bessie reached the top of their popularity 135 years ago (median #670) and are now much less common (#1602, 88%).

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Bessie, Belle, Bess, Beth, Betsey in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Betsy, Bette, Betti, Bettie, Betty in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Bettye, Elizabeth, Elsie, Lissie in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Beth, Elizabeth, Elsie outside U.S.

Similar Names

Recommended names are Basia, Beatie, Becke, Beckee, Becki, Beckie, Beige, Beki, Bekki, Bekkie, Bennie, Berdie, Bernie, Berrie, Bertie, Bevie, Cassie, Chessie, Cissie, Essie, Gussie, Hepsie, Issie, Jesse, Jessi, Jessia, Jessie, Jessye, Kassie, Kelsie, Kessie, Kissie, Lassie, Leslie, Missie, Nelsie, Nessia, Nessie, Sessile, Sissie, Tassie, Tessi, Tessia, Tessie and Weslie. These names tend to be less frequently used than Bessie.

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