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

Bessie Origin and Meaning

The name Bessie is a girl's name of Hebrew origin meaning "pledged to God".

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.

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Pop Culture References for the name Bessie

Bessy, Bessi, Bessee, Bessie, Bessey


clairels Says:


Sadly also used for cows, though not as often.

Daiseymae Says:


My great-aunt Bessie never liked her name, so she changed it to Betsy.

Bessie Says:


My name is Bessie. I have always been Bessie. I always will be Bessie. I get the cow thing literally every day, or I say my name and they hear it as Betsy, and I always have to say 'No, it's Besssssssie, like a cow.' I'm tired of this. When I was little I hated cows for this reason. But I'm proud of my name. I'm named for my grandmother, and she for hers. The first Bessie in my family was named for Queen Elizabeth. Are these not good people? Would you think cow if my name was Elizabeth instead?

I'm all for Bessie's return.

-EagleEyes- Says:


My first association too, unfortunately.

QuxxnAphrosephone Says:


I would love to see this come back into style.

indiefendi2 Says:


I can't get over that this is often used for cows. 😣

tori101 Says:


The name of my childhood dog who was really clever and my best bud : )