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What does Tessa mean?

Tessa Pronunciation of Tessa 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". Also form of Theresa.


ASSOCIATED WITH greek, novel (literary)


VARIANTS Tess, Tessia, Tessie, Tessy, Teza

ALTERNATIVE FORMS VIA TERESA Techa, Terasa, Terese, Teresia, Tereska, Teressa, Teresse, Terez, Tereza, Terri, Terry, Tersa, Tersia, Teruska, Tesa, Tesia, Teskia, Tresa, Tressa

(female) Daysa, ..

(male) Testa, ..

Tessa Paislee (T.P.), ..

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 #245. (TOP BABY NAMES, 2018)

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?

Popular varying forms of Tessa (#245 IN 2018) are Teresa (#798), Theresa (#1106), Tess (#1291), Terese, Teresia, Teressa, Terri, Terry, Tesia, Tessie, Tresa and Tressa. These forms of Tessa reached the height of their popularity during the years 1960-1969 (USAGE OF 1.9%) and are now much less widespread (USAGE 0.1%, DOWN 93.6%), with forms like Terry 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, Tesa, Tessey, Tessi, Thaisa, Tisa, Tosiya, Tossa and Tossia. Other suggested similar-sounding names are Alessa, Anessa, Assa, Chessa, Cressa, Dessa, Elssa, Inessa, Jessa, Jesusa, Kelsa, Leasa, Leesa, Lissa, Lyssa, Mesa, Nessa, Nissa, Nyssa, Orssa, Reesa, Tasha, Tasia, Tasja, Taska, Teana, Techa, Tecla, Teena, Teina, Teisha, Tekla, Telisa, Telka, Teona, Tera, Terasa, Teressa, Tersa, Tersha, Terza, Tesia, Teskia, Tesla, Tessica, Tessla, Teyna, Thersa, Tiesha, Tisha, Tosca, Tosha, Tosia, Treasa, Treesa, Tresa, Tressa, Trisa, Trissa and Tyesha. These names tend to be less commonly used than Tessa.