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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) Wallis Warfield Simpson, Duchess of Windsor, American socialite; wife of Britain's King Edward VIII
Bessie Love (born Juanita Horton), American silent film actress
Bessie Barriscale (born Elizabeth Barry Scale), American stage and silent film actress
Bessie Coleman, American aviatrix
Elizabeth Margaret "Bessie" Braddock, English MP for Liverpool
Bessie Amelia Emery Head, Botswanian writer
Bessie Potter Vonnoh, American sculptor
Bessie Banks, American soul singer
Bessie Carter, English actress
(Bessie) Lillian Gordy Carter, mother of U.S. President Jimmy Carter

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
Bessie Clavell, character in "The Sims 3" computer game

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