Bess

August 15, 2014 § 1 Comment

ORIGIN:
Shortened version of “Bessie” / “Bessy“, a diminutive of “Elizabeth“.

VARIATIONS and NICKNAMES:
Bessie, Bessy, Betje, Bette, Betsy, Bettie, Bettina, Betty, Bettye, Buffy, Let, Lettie, Letty, Pet, Pettie, Tess, Tessie, Tessy, Tetty, etc.

REFERENCES IN LITERATURE:
– Bess (Bessie), Laura’s sister, the “Bright-Eyes” Ted tells his rag-bag story to, in “In a Rag-Bag”, from The Youngest Miss Lorton, and Other Stories by Nora Perry (1889).

WRITERS:
– Bess Streeter Aldrich (1881-1954), American author.

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