Bess Name Meaning

English: unexplained. Apparently a metronymic from the female personal name Bess, pet form of Elizabeth. German: short form of Betz. In some cases it is probably an altered spelling of French Besse.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Boss, Best, Buss, Ness, Gess, Ress, Hess, Wess, Bass, Beas

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Bess Family Origin

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Bess Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

    57%
  • Going To School

    29%
  • Seamstress

    14%

In 1881, Farmer and Going To School were the top 2 reported jobs worked by Bess. The most common Bess occupation in Canada was Farmer. 57% of Bess's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Bess family was Seamstress.

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United States

Between 1943 and 2004, Bess life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Bess in 1943 was 19, and 76 in 2004.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Bess

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