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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Bless mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Bless

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  • A submission from Texas, United States says the name Bless means ""The beautifulness of God and Jesus"" and is of Unknown origin.
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
verb Bless
Senses
  1. To make or pronounce holy; to consecrate"And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it." [Gen. ii. 3.]
  2. To make happy, blithesome, or joyous; to confer prosperity or happiness upon; to grant divine favor to."The quality of mercy is . . . twice blest; It blesseth him that gives and him that takes." [Shak.]"It hath pleased thee to bless the house of thy servant, that it may continue forever before thee." [1 Chron. xvii. 27 (R. V. )]
  3. To express a wish or prayer for the happiness of; to invoke a blessing upon; -- applied to persons." Bless them which persecute you." [Rom. xii. 14.]
  4. To invoke or confer beneficial attributes or qualities upon; to invoke or confer a blessing on, -- as on food."Then he took the five loaves and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed them." [Luke ix. 16.]
  5. To make the sign of the cross upon; to cross (one's self).(Archaic)
  6. To guard; to keep; to protect.(Obs)
  7. To praise, or glorify; to extol for excellences." Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name." [Ps. ciii. 1.]
  8. To esteem or account happy; to felicitate."The nations shall bless themselves in him." [Jer. iv. 3.]
  9. To wave; to brandish.(Obs)"And burning blades about their heads do bless." [Spenser.]"Round his armed head his trenchant blade he blest." [Fairfax.]

Note: ☞ This is an old sense of the word, supposed by Johnson, Nares, and others, to have been derived from the old rite of blessing a field by directing the hands to all parts of it. “In drawing [their bow] some fetch such a compass as though they would turn about and bless all the field.”

Etymology: OE. blessien bletsen, AS. bletsian bledsian bloedsian, fr. bl�d blood; prob. originally to consecrate by sprinkling with blood. See Blood

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Give a benediction to ("The dying man blessed his son")
  2. Render holy by means of religious rites
  3. Make the sign of the cross over someone in order to call on God for protection; consecrate
  4. Confer prosperity or happiness on
Wiktionary
  1. injury, wound
  2. scratch, graze

Notable Persons Named Bless

Bless is a hip hop music, pop-rap, rhythm, and blues rapping and singing. He plays Rapping. His most notable accomplishments were from 2001 to present. Bless was given the name Ben Rinehart on February 10th, 1983.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Bless

Bless is a hip hop music, pop-rap, rhythm, and blues rapping and singing. He plays Rapping. His most notable accomplishments were from 2001 to present. Bless was given the name Ben Rinehart on February 10th, 1983.

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Popularity of Bless as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Bless U.S.
  White 88.48% 64.26%
  African American 1.84% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.23% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.92% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.54% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 5.99% 16.26%

Of Last Name Bless

People with the last name Bless are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Bless

  • How Popular is the name Bless? Bless is the 17,903rd most popular name of all time. As a last name Bless was the 34,707th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Bless have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 425 babies born with the first name Bless in the United States. That's more than enough people named Bless to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Bless? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1987 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Bless first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Bless is Monday, December 27th, 1880.
  • What year had the most people named Bless born? The highest recorded use of the first name Bless was in 2015 with a total of 28 babies.
  • Random Bless Factoid: According to the 2012 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Bless is not a popular baby boy's name in New York. Imagine that, only 5 babies in New York have the same name as you in 2012.
  • Weird things about the name Bless: Your name in reverse order is Sselb. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ssble. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Bless? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 651 people with the last name Bless.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Bless? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Bless as their last name since less than 1 person in 455k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.