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What does Tessa mean?

Tessa Pronunciation of Tessa [tes-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".

Associated with: greek, novel (literary).


Tessa has 5 variants: Tess, Tessia, Tessie, Tessy and Teza.

Related girl name: Theresa.

19 more alternative forms via Teresa: Techa, Terasa, Terese, Teresia, Tereska, Teressa, Teresse, Terez, Tereza, Terri, Terry, Tersa, Tersia, Teruska, Tesa, Tesia, Teskia, Tresa and Tressa.

Creative forms:
(female) Daysa, Tuessa, ..

(male) Tesshi, Testa, ..

Middle name pairings:
Tessa Kayleigh (T.K.), ..

How popular is Tessa?

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. Demographics)

Tessa entered the list in 1890-1899 and reached its peak position of #190 in the U.S. in the year 2007, and is currently at #209. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Popular varying forms of Tessa (#209 in 2015) are Teresa (#665 in 2015), Tess (#1120), Theresa (#1193), Tressa, Tresa, Tessie, Tesia, Terese, Teresia, Teressa, Terri and Terry. These forms of Tessa reached the height of their popularity during the years 1960-1969 (usage of 1.8%) and are now much less widespread (usage 0.1%, down 92.4%), with forms like Terri falling out of fashion. Tessa is the most trendy birth name in this list.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Tessa, Teresa, Terese, Teresia, Teressa in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Terri, Terry, Tesia, Tess, Tessie in U.S.

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

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

Similar Names

Tessa is pronounced similarly to Taisa, Tasa, Tasiya, Tassa, Tassie, Tasya, Tazia, Tessey, Tessi, Thaisa, Tisa, Tosiya, Tossa and Tossia. Other suggested similar names are Alessa, Anessa, Assa, Chessa, Cressa, Dessa, Helsa, Inessa, Jemsa, Jessa, Jesusa, Kelsa, Leasa, Leesa, Leisa, Lissa, Lyssa, Mesa, Nessa, Nevsa, Nissa, Nyssa, Odessa, Orssa, Reesa, Tasha, Tasia, Tasja, Taska, Tea, Teana, Teara, Tecla, Tedra, Teela, Teena, Teina, Teisha, Tekla, Telca, Telisa, Telka, Tena, Teona, Tera, Tersha, Tesla, Tessica, Tessla, Teyna, Thersa, Tiersa, Tiesha, Tisha, Tosca, Tosha, Tosia, Treasa, Trisa, Trissa and Tyesha. These names tend to be less commonly used than Tessa.

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