Bessie is a diminutive (English) of the English and Hebrew Bess.
Bessie is also a diminutive (English) of the English and Hebrew Beth.
Bessie is also a diminutive (English) of the English, Greek, and Hebrew Elizabeth.
See also the related form, the English Betsy.
Bessie is a rare baby girl name. In 1900, 0.957% of baby girls were given the name Bessie. It had a ranking of #15 then. The baby name has fallen from favor since then, and is currently used only on a very light scale. In 2012, out of the family of girl names directly linked to Bessie, Elizabeth was the most commonly used. The name Bessie has been mainly given to girls, although it has also been used as a boy name in the last century. There were 98 times more girls than boys who were named Bessie in 1910.
† Pronunciation for Bessie: B as in "be (B.IY)" ; S as in "see (S.IY)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)"
Details of famous persons named Bessie:
Adventurer Bessie Hyde, Parkersburg, West Virginia.
Aviator Bessie Coleman, born 26 January 1892 - 30 April 1926, Atlanta, Texas.
Blues Singer Bessie Smith, born 15 April 1894 - 26 September 1937, Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Royalty Wallis Simpson, born Bessie Wallis Warfield 19 June 1896 - 24 April 1986, Baltimore, Maryland.