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

After a century of association with horses and cows, this name just could be ready for revival by a fearless baby namer -- after all, it did happen to Jessie and Becky.

Bessie has been in use since the seventeenth century and is found as characters in Jane Eyre and in Sean O'Casey's play The Plough and the Stars. More recently, she was an animated automotive character in the movie Cars.

On the popularity lists until 1975, Bessie was a Top 25 name from 1880 to 1906, reaching Number 9 in 1889. Notable namesakes include the great blues singer Bessie Smith, and Bessie Coleman, the first African-American female aviator.

And if you want to go more refined, you could simplify to Bess.

Famous People Named Bessie

Bessie Smith, American jazz singer
Bessie Love, American silent film actress
Bessie Barriscale, American stage and silent film actress
Bessie Coleman, American aviatrix
Bessie Braddock, English MP for Liverpool
Bessie Head, Botswanian writer
Bessie Potter Vonnoh, American sculptor
Bessie Banks, American soul singer

Pop Culture References for the name Bessie

Bessie, character in The Faraway Tree series by Enid Blyton
Bessie Busybody, character from the TV show "Lazy Town"
Bessie, Mrs. Forrester's cow in Cranford

Bessy, Bessi, Bessee, Bessie, Bessey