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

Bess Origin and Meaning

The name Bess is a girl's name meaning "pledged to God".

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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MidnightSky Says:


As a fan of the old Nancy Drew books, Bess brings a lot of nostalgia. It's cute and brings images of camaraderie and women detectives.

paulapuddephatt Says:


I wouldn't use this as an independent name, but it's so cute as a nickname for Elizabeth.

eyestrainsam Says:


for some reason, I really like this.

Essa Says:


This is so cute. Jess and Tess are both quite popular, why not Bess?

Julie Says:


My mother wanted to name this however my grandmother threatened to disown her if she did.