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What does Tess mean?

Tess Pronunciation of Tess [tess] as a girls' name is of Greek and English derivation, and Tess means "late summer". Tess is a variant form of Teresa (Greek): popular transcription of Theresa. Tess is also a variant of Tessa (English).

Associated with: greek.


29 related forms via Teresa, Tessa, Theresa: Resi, Rezi, Taresa, Techa, Tera, Terasa, Terese, Teressa, Teresse, Terez, Teri, Terri, Terry, Tersa, Tersia, Terza, Tesa, Tesia, Teskia, Tessey, Tessi, Tessia, Tessie, Tessy, Teza, Treesa, Tresa, Tressa and Treza.

Creative forms:
(female) Teass, Thess, ..

(male) Teas, Tero, ..

Middle name pairings:
Tess Vivianna (T.V.), ..

How popular is Tess?

Tess is a very popular first name for females (#1971 out of 4276, Top 46%) and also a very popular surname for both adults and children (#36807 out of 150436, Top 24%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Tess reached its apex position of #467 in the U.S. in 1992, and is at #1120 currently. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Tess name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Tess outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its source forms and related girl names. Tessa (#209 from recent data), Teresa (#665), Theresa (#1193), Tessie, Tresa, Tressa, Terry, Teressa, Terese, Teri, Terri, Tera and Tesia are the prominent related forms of Tess (#1120 from recent data). Other variants, like Taresa, are seldom used. Usage of these relations of Tess was common during 1960-1969 (adoption of 1.9%) and has become much reduced since (adoption 0.1%, 92.7% less). Teresa is a perennial favorite, though Tessa is currently the most fashionable, while versions such as Terri have lost favor.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Tess, Tera, Teresa, Terese, Teressa in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Teri, Terri, Terry, Tesia, Tessa in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Tessie, Theresa, Tresa, Tressa in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Tessa outside U.S.

Similar Names

Tess is pronounced similarly to Tace, Taisse and Toos. Other recommended names are Bess, Cass, Ess, Jess, Joss, Kass, Ross, Tais, Tasa, Tash, Tassa (see Tasha), Te-, Tea, Teal, Teil, Temis, Temiss (see Themis), Tena, Tesla, Tessla, Tisa, Tish, Tossa and Tris. These names tend to be less commonly used than Tess.