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birdofthenorth Tue 27-Oct-09 13:23:13

We love the name Bess for a girl. What do you think? We're thinking she can be Bessie as a girl then Bess as a more elegant 'top of the CV' name as an adult.

It's hard to think of middle names tha go with it though as lots don't sound right.

My mum's name is Mary -is Bess Mary too old fashioned?

We also like Bess Ruby and Bess Evelyn.

Mother-in-law's name is Judith (def too old fashioned), but how about Bess Mary Jude? Is that riduculous?!

Thoughts welcome, please be as harsh as you like!

BunnyLebowski Tue 27-Oct-09 13:35:00

Bess is nice but it doesn't sound like a proper name. How about Elizabeth with Bess as a nn?

Also Bessie sounds like a 'big lass' kinda name if you know what I mean?!

Elizabeth Mary is lovely. Not keen on the Jude bit but as it has special meaning for you why not.

LetThereBeRock Tue 27-Oct-09 13:35:36

Bess is awful. It's a horses name imho.

jamandjerusalem Tue 27-Oct-09 13:35:45

I love it!

Middle names are hard - think you need a multi-syllable name to balance it out:


LetThereBeRock Tue 27-Oct-09 13:35:51


Vivia Tue 27-Oct-09 13:36:50


titfertat Tue 27-Oct-09 13:37:13

I like it, but it's short for Elizabeth, so I would put that on the birth certificate (and on CVs etc in future)

Missy8c Tue 27-Oct-09 13:38:50

I love Bess!! I think Bess Mary or Bess Evelyn are great. Not keen on Ruby as it's so popular. Jude is really a boy's name so I'd go with Judith if you can handle it. You could always have Bess Mary Judith then she can drop the Judith if she wants to. My LO has two middle names too - both her grandmas' names

mathanxiety Tue 27-Oct-09 13:41:48

I would use Elizabeth as the CV name. It seems a bit strange to me to use a nn as the first name followed by full names (Mary, Jude or Judith). To me, Bess seems a little middle aged, same with Bessie. There's no shortage of diminutives for Elizabeth -- Bess/Bessie wouldn't be my first choice. I love Mary and also Judith or Jude as middle names.

MRSwereWOOLFhasabroomofherown Tue 27-Oct-09 14:10:59

Lovely, I have an Elisabeth known as Bess/ie (cat).
Elisabeth Mary would be very nice.

titfertat Tue 27-Oct-09 15:08:32

.... and if you go for Elizabeth you (and your daughter) have a choice of so many diminutives: Bess, Beth, Libby, Liz, etc etc.

HolidaysQueen Tue 27-Oct-09 15:13:22

I know a Beatrice who is known as Bess. Parents didn't liked Bea so went with Bess. I always thought it was a cow or horse name, but now I associate it with a smiley happy curly-haired toddler and think it's great!

RockinSockBunnies Tue 27-Oct-09 15:19:16

No! Reminds me of a toy doll from the 1950s in an Enid Blyton book or something. Sorry. Can't stand it.

Couldn't you go for Elizabeth and then your DD will have options if she loathes Bess?

hellsbelles Tue 27-Oct-09 15:29:40

I think it's lovely

flimflammum Tue 27-Oct-09 15:33:00

Sorry, it's a horse name (or maybe a dog, in fact a friend had a dog called Bess). Much prefer Tess, except for the tragic association.

LetThereBeRock Tue 27-Oct-09 16:36:12

Mary and Evelyn are lovely though.

Jamieandhismagictorch Tue 27-Oct-09 16:58:08

I would also choose Elizabeth, because there are so many choices of nn. Bess is nice as a nn.

Dreadful as anything other than a nickname.

birdofthenorth Tue 27-Oct-09 17:04:20

Thanks for your help all, I am definately considering retreating on Bess as her full name!

victoriascrumptious Tue 27-Oct-09 21:17:41

I think it's utterly gorgeous. It's both classy and cool at the same time.

Missy8c Tue 27-Oct-09 21:43:18

Yeah...classy and cool. That sums it up!

preggersslaysandchops Tue 27-Oct-09 21:52:13

I'd go for Elizabeth definitely and shorten to Bess (not overly keen on Bess though for some reason). I prefer Libby or Beth as a shortening of Elizabeth.

nooka Wed 28-Oct-09 05:39:07

I'd pick Elisabeth is you want Bess (I think the "s" version works better if you like that nn, and it is a perfectly proper spelling. I'd go for Elisabeth Mary or Elisabeth Jude, but probably not Elisabeth Mary Jude (I have two middle names and a long first name and it's a bit much tbh).

BabyDancer83 Wed 28-Oct-09 15:27:15

Bessie is my friends dog. I prefer Tess or Tessa.

cloelia Wed 28-Oct-09 16:39:43

Why not go for Betsey which is near Bess (i am afraid i agree with the big lass comment earlier); with Elizabeth or Lisbeth on officialese? Tessa is also pretty and seems less of a nn than Tess (also less Hardyesque).

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