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I rate Bess 2/10.
It is nicknamey and also dated in my opinion. I can imagine an old, sad aunt named Bess.
Good name for a cow or a girl baby. It is so gentle sounding. I imagine a girl named this would have large brown eyes and like to read and daydream.
Bess is one of Elizabeth Richmond's personalities in the book "The Bird's Nest" by Shirley Jackson.
In 2018, 26 is the most common age for an American (U.S.) Bess* who is registered female with the Social Security Administration. It is the 5, 597th most common female first name for living U.S. citizens.

*as a first name, not a nickname.
Bess Myerson was Miss America 1945.
Elisabeth "Bess" Marvin is one of Nancy Drew's best friends.
"Bess" was one of the nicknames for Theodore "Laurie" and Amy's daughter Elizabeth in Louisa May Alcott's "Little Men".
I love the name Bess. It has an Old World feel, and sounds simple and sweet. I considered it for one of my daughters, but didn't want mean kids mooing at her or calling her "Messy Bessy." It is an adorable name though, and I hope it comes back into fashion. I ended up naming my girl Ellie instead.
I'm an Elizabeth who has used different diminutives at different stages of my life - I was "Libby" as a little girl, "Ellie" in high school and "Eliza" in college. My husband started calling me "Beth", which I've been for the last twenty years. I'm planning on using "Bess" when I get to the grandma stage - it seems like a good grandma name.
I think Bess has a lot of potential for from old-world memories and charm into some modern-world soil, so to speak. Betty is quite darling as well (which is also what my Grandmother goes by to friends).
Bess is the name of the heroine in the book "The Highwayman's Footstep's" by Nicola Morgan, based on the poem "The Highwayman" by Alfred Noyes.
In the movie 'Elizabeth: The Golden Age' Abbie Cornish plays Queen Elizabeth's friend, also named Elizabeth with the nickname of Bess.
This is my favourite Elizabeth diminutive, closely followed by Betty.
My parents picked this name for me out of a book. As a kid I hated it. I like it now, in my 30's. I was teased in school as "Bessie the cow" even though I wasn't fat. I like having a short name that is easy to spell. A lot of people hear Beth, no matter how much I pronounce the ss at the end.
I find Bess incredibly darling and completely human. ;]
Bess is a good nickname for Elizabeth, although it sounds more like something you would name your dog.
A famous bearer is First Lady Bess Truman.
Bess is the name of the landlord's daughter in the poem "The Highwayman" by Alfred Noyes (1906).
Queen Elizabeth I of England was sometimes called "Good Queen Bess."
Bess Marvin is a character in the Nancy Drew series.

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