Bess

I’m crushing on [name_f]Bess[/name_f] at the moment. I can’t see myself ever using it as a standalone name but I love the old-fashioned simplicity of it. So, for fun, what do you think of [name_f]Bess[/name_f]? What middle name(s) would you suggest? Are any of the combos below keepers?

|[name_f]Bess[/name_f] [name_f]Lily[/name_f]
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[name_f]Bess[/name_f] [name_f]Georgina[/name_f]
[name_f]Bess[/name_f] [name_f]Matilda[/name_f]
[name_f]Bess[/name_f] [name_f]Clementine[/name_f]
[name_f]Bess[/name_f] [name_f]Marigold[/name_f]
[name_f]Bess[/name_f] [name_f]Primrose[/name_f]
[name_f]Bess[/name_f] [name_f]Thomasine[/name_f]
[name_f]Bess[/name_f] [name_f]Theodora[/name_f]
[name_f]Bess[/name_f] [name_f]Violet[/name_f]
[name_f]Bess[/name_f] [name_f]Lydia[/name_f]
[name_f]Bess[/name_f] [name_f]Margaret[/name_f]|[name_f]Bess[/name_f] [name_f]Georgia[/name_f]
[name_f]Bess[/name_f] [name_u]Meredith[/name_u]
[name_f]Bess[/name_f] [name_f]Eugenia[/name_f]
[name_f]Bess[/name_f] [name_f]Philippa[/name_f]
[name_f]Bess[/name_f] [name_f]Tabitha[/name_f]
[name_f]Bess[/name_f] [name_u]Ruby[/name_u]
[name_f]Bess[/name_f] [name_f]Flora[/name_f]
[name_f]Bess[/name_f] [name_f]Rosalie[/name_f]
[name_f]Bess[/name_f] [name_f]Tallulah[/name_f]
[name_f]Bess[/name_f] [name_u]Vivian[/name_u]
[name_f]Bess[/name_f] [name_f]Dorothea[/name_f]|[name_f]Bess[/name_f] [name_u]Marion[/name_u]
[name_f]Bess[/name_f] [name_f]Claudia[/name_f]
[name_f]Bess[/name_f] [name_f]Magnolia[/name_f]
[name_f]Bess[/name_f] [name_f]Josephine[/name_f]
[name_f]Bess[/name_f] [name_f]Beatrix[/name_f]
[name_f]Bess[/name_f] [name_f]Lavender[/name_f]
[name_f]Bess[/name_f] [name_f]Cordelia[/name_f]
[name_f]Bess[/name_f] [name_f]Winifred[/name_f]
[name_f]Bess[/name_f] [name_f]Penelope[/name_f]
[name_f]Bess[/name_f] [name_f]Ottilie[/name_f]
[name_f]Bess[/name_f] [name_f]Amabel[/name_f]|

Thanks!

No love (or hate) for [name_f]Bess[/name_f]? I’ll just be bumping this then.

I can certainly see it growing on me! I am not a huge fan of [name_f]Bess[/name_f] yet, but so many of your combos with her are absolutely lovely!

My favorites ~
[name_f]Bess[/name_f] [name_u]Meredith[/name_u]
[name_f]Bess[/name_f] [name_f]Matilda[/name_f]
[name_f]Bess[/name_f] [name_u]Marion[/name_u]
[name_f]Bess[/name_f] [name_f]Georgina[/name_f]
[name_f]Bess[/name_f] [name_f]Lydia[/name_f]
[name_f]Bess[/name_f] [name_f]Magnolia[/name_f]
[name_f]Bess[/name_f] [name_f]Marigold[/name_f]
[name_f]Bess[/name_f] [name_f]Claudia[/name_f]
[name_f]Bess[/name_f] [name_f]Dorothea[/name_f]

I think [name_f]Bess[/name_f] sounds fabulous with a longer, bouncy middle (without too many S sounds) :slight_smile:

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I personally don’t care for [name_f]Bess[/name_f]. The sound is too similar to [name_u]Jess[/name_u] to me. However, [name_f]Bess[/name_f] [name_f]Marigold[/name_f] is pretty!

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I prefer [name_f]Betsy[/name_f] but [name_f]Bess[/name_f] is pretty too

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@dream.create: [name_f]Bess[/name_f] wasn’t on my radar as anything more than a cute nickname until a few days a go—it definitely grows on you! I’m glad you liked a few of the combos. Thank you!

@rescuepups234: I can see how someone might not care for the name, it’s a bit different. Thanks!

@wittyusername103: [name_f]Betsy[/name_f] is adorable and I generally prefer it as well. Thanks for the input!

I’m not a fan of [name_f]Bess[/name_f] myself, though I must say, that [name_f]Bess[/name_f] [name_f]Marigold[/name_f] is really very nice.

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I would give her a more formal name like [name_f]Elizabeth[/name_f] to fall back on. Sorry, I hate to be negative but [name_f]Bess[/name_f] is a little to much [name_f]Bessie[/name_f] the cow for me. [name_f]Betsy[/name_f] is really cute.

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[name_f]Bess[/name_f] is lovely. I adore short, sweet names like this! [name_f]Betsy[/name_f], in my opinion, is toooo sweet.

My favourites:

[name_f]Bess[/name_f] [name_f]Matilda[/name_f]
[name_f]Bess[/name_f] [name_f]Georgina[/name_f]
[name_f]Bess[/name_f] [name_f]Theodora[/name_f]
[name_f]Bess[/name_f] [name_f]Philippa[/name_f]
[name_f]Bess[/name_f] [name_f]Tabitha[/name_f]
[name_f]Bess[/name_f] [name_f]Flora[/name_f]
[name_f]Bess[/name_f] [name_f]Beatrix[/name_f]
[name_f]Bess[/name_f] [name_f]Lavender[/name_f]

Top 3:

[name_f]Bess[/name_f] [name_f]Matilda[/name_f]
[name_f]Bess[/name_f] [name_f]Beatrix[/name_f]
[name_f]Bess[/name_f] [name_f]Lavender[/name_f]

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I love [name_f]Bess[/name_f]. It’s been on my list as a middle for a while. I’m an [name_f]Elizabeth[/name_f], as is my grandmother and great grandma, so it would be nice to pass it down in a way.

Names I paired it with are:

[name_f]Edith[/name_f] [name_f]Bess[/name_f]
Wilhelimna [name_f]Bess[/name_f]

Not so sure they work the other way round but I like the sound of [name_f]Bess[/name_f] [name_f]Victoria[/name_f] and [name_f]Bess[/name_f] [name_f]Opal[/name_f].

Prefer it as a middle.

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@sunniva: I appreciate that though you’re not a fan of the name you can find the appeal in one of the combos. Thank you.

@katinka: I’m surprised to see [name_f]Bess[/name_f] [name_f]Lavender[/name_f] getting some positive feedback—it’s one of my favorites. Thank you!

@darceydaisy: [name_f]Wilhelmina[/name_f] [name_f]Bess[/name_f] is absolutely darling! [name_f]Bess[/name_f] is a great way to honor yourself and the other women in your family.

[name_f]Bess[/name_f] is sweet - it feels warm and comforting somehow.

I really like:
[name_f]Bess[/name_f] [name_u]Ruby[/name_u]
[name_f]Bess[/name_f] [name_f]Lydia[/name_f]
[name_f]Bess[/name_f] [name_f]Clementine[/name_f]
[name_f]Bess[/name_f] [name_f]Lavender[/name_f]
[name_f]Bess[/name_f] [name_f]Talullah[/name_f]

Some suggestions:
[name_f]Bess[/name_f] [name_f]Emmeline[/name_f]
[name_f]Bess[/name_f] [name_f]Jemima[/name_f]
[name_f]Bess[/name_f] [name_f]Loretta[/name_f]
[name_f]Bess[/name_f] [name_f]Amelia[/name_f]
[name_f]Bess[/name_f] [name_f]Madeline[/name_f]
[name_f]Bess[/name_f] [name_f]Harriet[/name_f]
[name_f]Bess[/name_f] [name_f]Lillian[/name_f]

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I like [name_f]Bess[/name_f] as a nickname for [name_f]Elizabeth[/name_f] but not as a stand alone name (although I far prefer [name_f]Eliza[/name_f] or [name_f]Betsy[/name_f]- [name_f]Elizabeth[/name_f] has so many options!). [name_f]Bess[/name_f] feels very nineteenth century, but I think it could be revived. It’s got the familiar sound of [name_u]Jess[/name_u] and [name_f]Tess[/name_f]. [name_f]Elizabeth[/name_f] ([name_f]Bess[/name_f]) [name_f]Josephine[/name_f] or [name_f]Elizabeth[/name_f] ([name_f]Bess[/name_f]) [name_f]Beatrix[/name_f] are my favorite combos.

[name_m]Just[/name_m] curious, what about [name_f]Bessie[/name_f]? I think it sounds younger and softer than [name_f]Bess[/name_f], and I like its association with [name_f]Bessie[/name_f] [name_m]Smith[/name_m]. But does it sound like a name for livestock? I hope these sweet vintage nicknames continue coming back in use.

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I [name_u]LOVE[/name_u] [name_f]Bess[/name_f]! It’s one of the few nicknames that I’m okay with as a full name. Those are all wonderful combos, but my favourites are probably [name_f]Bess[/name_f] [name_f]Matilda[/name_f], [name_f]Bess[/name_f] [name_f]Georgina[/name_f], [name_f]Bess[/name_f] [name_f]Clementine[/name_f], [name_f]Bess[/name_f] [name_f]Dorothea[/name_f], & [name_f]Bess[/name_f] [name_f]Eugenia[/name_f].

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I love [name_f]Bess[/name_f], [name_f]Bessie[/name_f], [name_f]Betty[/name_f] and [name_f]Betsy[/name_f]. [name_f]Bess[/name_f] is absolutely gorgeous! I think that [name_f]Bess[/name_f] would definitely stand out among all the [name_f]Isabella[/name_f]'s, [name_f]Olivia[/name_f]'s, [name_u]Riley[/name_u]'s and [name_u]Aiden[/name_u]'s.
My favourites:
[name_f]Bess[/name_f] [name_f]Cordelia[/name_f]
[name_f]Bess[/name_f] [name_f]Marigold[/name_f]
[name_f]Bess[/name_f] [name_f]Violet[/name_f]
[name_f]Bess[/name_f] [name_u]Meredith[/name_u]
[name_f]Bess[/name_f] [name_f]Georgina[/name_f]
[name_f]Bess[/name_f] [name_f]Magnolia[/name_f]
[name_f]Bess[/name_f] [name_f]Lavender[/name_f]
[name_f]Bess[/name_f] [name_f]Penelope[/name_f]

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@greyblue: I love your suggestions! I thought about [name_f]Bess[/name_f] [name_f]Amelia[/name_f] and [name_f]Bess[/name_f] [name_f]Emmeline[/name_f] but they reminded me quite a bit of ‘bésame’ (“kiss me” in Spanish) which I wasn’t very pleased with.

@mayday: [name_f]Bessie[/name_f] is sweet. In the event I were to actually use [name_f]Bess[/name_f] then [name_f]Bessie[/name_f] would be my nickname of choice. As for livestock, [name_f]Bessie[/name_f] does remind me a bit of cows but I’m not really bothered by that.

@futuremama: You’re making [name_f]Bess[/name_f] seem a bit more usable. Thank you!

@alesha1: [name_f]Bess[/name_f] absolutely would stand out. Thanks!

I like [name_f]Bess[/name_f], and think it would work as a stand alone name. I’d love to meet a little [name_f]Bess[/name_f]!

I like most of your combos. Favourites are:

[name_f]Bess[/name_f] [name_f]Thomasine[/name_f] (I love all the girl [name_m]Thomas[/name_m] variations and feel this name has just the right ([name_m]Tudor[/name_m]?) vibe with [name_f]Bess[/name_f].
[name_f]Bess[/name_f] [name_f]Georgina[/name_f]
[name_f]Bess[/name_f] [name_f]Matilda[/name_f]
[name_f]Bess[/name_f] [name_f]Marigold[/name_f]
[name_f]Bess[/name_f] [name_f]Theodora[/name_f]
[name_f]Bess[/name_f] [name_f]Tabitha[/name_f]
[name_f]Bess[/name_f] [name_f]Philippa[/name_f]
[name_f]Bess[/name_f] [name_f]Cordelia[/name_f]

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[name_f]Bess[/name_f] is really sweet. I’d like it best as a nickname for [name_f]Elizabeth[/name_f], but I love your combos. [name_f]Bess[/name_f] [name_f]Dorothea[/name_f] is my favorite.

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@araminty: I’d love to meet a little [name_f]Bess[/name_f] as well! Thank you.

@cactusgram: [name_f]Bess[/name_f] is my nickname of choice for my [name_f]Elisabeth[/name_f] combos too. Thanks!