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

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

Elizabeth Virginia "Bess" Truman, First Lady of the U.S. as wife of President Harry Truman
Bess Myerson, Miss America 1945
Elizabeth "Bess" Throckmorton, lady-in-waiting of Queen Elizabeth I; wife to Sir Walter Raleigh
Bess Houdini (born Wilhelmina Beatrice Rahner), wife of escape artist Harry Houdini
Elizabeth "Bess" of Hardwick, Elizabeth noblewoman; wife of Sir William Cavendish, then George Talbot, 6th Earl of Shrewsbury
Elizabeth Christiana "Bess" (Hervey) Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire, early English woman novelist
Good Queen Bess, one of Queen Elizabeth I's many titles
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 film "Breaking the Waves"
Bess, character in opera "Porgy and Bess"
Bess, alternate personality of Jessica Buchanan on American soap "One Life to Live"

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