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Bessie (F)>

Bessie (female)

Pet Name for:Bess (F) Elizabeth (F)
Can be spelt:Bessy (F)
Source(s): FreeCEN 1841 Census of Aberdeenshire
"Scottish Forenames" - Donald Whyte, FGH, FSG

English pet name for Elizabeth [q.v.], from an ancient Hebrew name meaning "oath of God".

This spelling is far less frequent than Bessy in the 1841 Census for Aberdeenshire, but far more so in 1881. Several other spellings occur: Bessey, Bessi, Besy, which should be found by a Soundex search.