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What does Bess mean?

Bess Pronunciation of 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. Also form of Betty.




VARIANTS Bessie, Bessy


OTHER 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, Veta



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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)

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. (2018 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?

Prominent alternative forms of Bess listed in the Top 2000 are Elizabeth (#13 IN 2018), Bella (#48), Belle (#859), Elsa (#888), Lisa (#891), Betty (#1128), Ilse, Lyssa, Lissa, Lise, Leisa, Leesa, Leasa, Bell, Else, Betti, Bette, Betsy, Betsey, Beth, Bessie and Veta. Other variants, like Bett, are seldom used. Usage of these relations of Bess was widespread during 1930-1939 (ADOPTION OF 4.06%) and is now much lower (ADOPTION 0.84%, 79.3%), with forms such as Elsa falling out of fashion. Bella is the most fashionable name for newborns in this compilation.

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, Belle, Beth, Elizabeth, Elsa outside U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Ilse, Lisa outside U.S.

Similar Names

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