Tess

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Gender: F Meaning of Tess: "to harvest" Origin of Tess: English, diminutive of Theresa

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

Famous People Named Tess

Tess Harper (born Tessie Jean Washam), American actress
Helen Elizabeth "Tess" Daly, English model and TV presenter
Tess Taylor (born Tess Amber Adler), American model and reality TV personality ("Pretty Wild")
Tess Uriza Holthe, Filipina American novelist
Tess Slesinger, American novelist and screenwriter
Tess Gaerthe, Dutch singer
Tess Gerritsen, American novelist
Tess Mattisson, Swedish pop singer
Tess Holliday, American plus size model
Tess Wiley, American musician
Tess Harper (born Tessie Jean Washam), American actress
Therese "Tess" Gardella, American stage actress
Tess Gallagher, American author; wife of author Raymond Carver
Tess Mallos (born Anastasia Calopades), Australian cookbook author and chef

Pop Culture References for the name Tess

Tess Trueheart, character in Dick Tracy comics
Tessa "Tess" Gray, character in Cassandra Clare's Infernal Devices trilogy
Tess Quin, character in Kresley Cole's "The Arcana Chronicles"
Tess Durbeyfield, main character in Thomas Hardy's "Tess of the D'Urbervilles"
Tess McGill, main character in film "Working Girl"
Teresa "Tess" Bell, character on Australian soap "Neighbours"
Tess Carlisle, character in 1994 film "Guarding Tess"
Tess Carroll, character in film and book "Charlie St. Cloud"
Tess Coleman, character in film "Freaky Friday"
Tess Finnegan, character in film "Fool's Gold"
Tess Harding, character in film "Woman of the Year"
Tess Ocean, character in the Ocean's Eleven film series
Tess, character in 2010 film "Burlesque"
Tess Tyler, character in film "Camp Rock"
Tess Harding, character on TV's "Roswell"
Tess, character in Lily Tomlin's sketches, sometimes called "Trudy"
Tess, character in Marie Lu's "Legend"
Tess, character on TV's "Ravenswood"
Tess Bateman, character on British TV series "Casualty"
Tess Skinner, main character in 1922 silent film "Tess of the Storm Country"
Tess Struan, character in "Tai-Pan" and "Gai-Jin" by James Clavell
Tess Doerner, character on TV's "The 4400"
Tess, character in 'Fallen In Love' by Lauren Kate
Tess Foster, main character in Canadian TV series "Life With Boys"
Tess Nichols, character in 2008 film "27 Dresses"
Tess Harris, character on British soap "Emmerdale"
Tess Adamson, character on New Zealand soap "Shortland Street"
Tess Fontana, character on TV's "Eureka"
Tess Silverman McLeod, character on Australian series "McLeod's Daughters"
Tess Mercer, character on TV's "Smallville"
Tess Ramsey, character on American soap opera Port Charles
Tess Smith, an alternate personality of Jessica Buchanan on American soap "One Life to Live"
Tess, character on TV's "Touched by an Angel"

Tessie, Tesza, Tessa