What does Tessa mean?
Tessa \t(es)-sa\ as a girls' name is pronounced TESS-ah. It is of English origin. Diminutive of Teresa. Also possibly (Greek) "fourth child". Thomas Hardy's wrote a famous novel "Tess of the d'Ubervilles".
For more on this name, see also the related girl name Theresa.
Tessa▲ has 31 more alternative forms via Teresa: Techa, Terasa, Terasina, Terasita, Terecena, Terese▼, Teresia, Teresina, Teresita, Tereska, Teressa▼, Teresse, Terez, Tereza, Terezia, Terezilya, Terezita, Terosina, Terri▼, Terrie▼, Terrosina, Terry▼, Tersa, Tersia, Terushka, Teruska, Tesa, Tesia, Teskia, Tresa and Tressa▼.
Tessa is a very popular first name for females (#885 out of 4276, Top 21%) but a unique last name for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the birth name popularity of Tessa for girls. Tessa entered the list in 1970-1979 and reached its peak position of #190 in the U.S. in the year 2007, and is currently at #221. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
Popular varying forms of Tessa (#221 in 2014) are Teresa (#719 in 2014), Tessie, Theresa, Tressa, Tresa, Tess, Terry, Terese, Teresita, Teressa, Terri and Terrie. These girl names reached the height of their popularity during 1960-1969 and are now much less widespread, with forms like Tess, Teresa, Theresa, Tressa and Tessie falling out of fashion. Tessa (#221) is the most trendy birth name in this list. Below is a charted analysis of the usage of Tessa and affiliated names. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
Tessa▲ is pronounced similarly to Taisa, Tasa, Tassa, Tasya, Tessey, Tessi, Tisa, Tossa and Tossia. Other suggested similar baby names are Dessa, Jessa, Nessa, Tasha▼, Tasia, Tasja, Taska, Teisha, Tesla, Tessla, Tiesha, Tisha▼, Tosca, Tosha▼, Tosia and Tyesha▼. These names tend to be less commonly used than Tessa.