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Gender: F Meaning of Tess: "to harvest" Origin of Tess: English, diminutive of Theresa Tess's Popularity in 2013: #998

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With its solid Thomas Hardy background, Tess has a lot more substance, strength, and style than most single-syllable names, with an efficient yet relaxed image.

The iconic literary Tess is the beautiful heroine of Thomas Hardy's Tess of the D'Urbervilles, the moral center of the novel. Other Tesses have been portrayed on screen by Katharine Hepburn, Julia Roberts, Shirley Maclaine, Melanie Griffiths, Kate Hudson, Jamie Lee Curtis, Cher, Della Reese and Malin Akerman. Novelist and fashion journalist Plum Sykes named her daughter Tess.

Writer Tess Gerritsen was born Terry, but decided to feminize her name when she began writing romance novels.

If you'd like to expand the name, you can consider Tessa--or even Tessie

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Famous People Named Tess

Tess Harper, American actress
Tess Gaerthe, Dutch singer

Pop Culture References for the Name Tess

Tess Durbeyfield, heroine of Thomas Hardy's "Tess of the D'Urbervilles"
Tess McGill is the lead character in the 1988 movie "Working Girl."
Tess Tyler, "Camp Rock"
Tess Harding, character on "Roswell"
Tess, character in Lily Tomlin's sketches, sometimes called "Trudy"
Tess, an important character in Marie Lu's "Legend"
Tess, character in ABC Family's "Ravenswood"
Tess, a character in the book 'Fallen In Love' (Lauren Kate)

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