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What does Tessa mean?

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".


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

Related girl name: Theresa.

Tessa has 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.

Kreatif forms:
(female) Dosa, Tosa, ..

(male) Tesshi, Testa, ..

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)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Charted below is the birth name history of Tessa for girls. 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 #221. (Top Baby Names, 2014)

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

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

Popular varying forms of Tessa (#221 in 2014) are Teresa (#719 in 2014), Tess (#1091), Theresa (#1126), 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 93%), 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.