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Gender: F Meaning of Bess: "pledged to God" Origin of Bess: Diminutive of Elizabeth

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Although she declared her independence as far back as the reign of Elizabeth I--Good Queen Bess, Bess now sounds less passé than Beth or Betsy.

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Famous People Named Bess

Bess Truman, former First Lady of the United States
Bess Myerson, Miss America 1945
Elizabeth "Bess" Throckmorton, lady-in-waiting of Queen Elizabeth I and wife to Sir Walter Raleigh
Good Queen Bess, one of Queen Elizabeth I's many titles
Bess Houdini, wife of American escape artist Harry Houdini
Bess of Hardwick, Elizabethan noblewoman, daughter of John Hardwick of Hardwicke
Jamison Bess, daughter of actor Jim Belushi

Pop Culture References for the Name Bess

Bess Marvin, character in the Nancy Drew series
Bess McNeill, character in the movie "Breaking the Waves"
Bess, character in opera "Porgy and Bess"

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