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 the years 1960-1969 (usage of 0.4014%) and are now much less widespread (usage 0.0815%, down 79.7%), with forms like Tess, Teresa, Theresa, Terri and Terrie 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.