I looked up the name Dessa as it is a combo of my MIL's and my mothers name. I thought it might be a good way to honour both ( as a MN only). All I could find is that is was in the top 1000 in like 1900.
Anyone know what it means or it's actual origin??
Do you like it or does it seem "made up" ???
I've never heard the name Dessa before, but I like it!
I sort of like it! It sort of reminds me of a combo of Adele and Tessa--I think I would prefer Adessa (although I'm not sure how legit that is, either), but Dessa is sweet. I think it would be confused with Tessa a lot, though, so if I used it, it'd be as a MN...
ETA: Now that I've looked into it a bit more, I think Odessa would be an attractive option, as well...
I would stick with Dessa over Odessa. Perhaps Dessa originally came from Odessa? I'm not sure, I never looked into it.
Originally Posted by ashthedreamer
I don't consider Odessa a usable name:
I like Dessa, since it has meaning to you. I think if it were to have a background it would be as a derivitive of Odessa.
I prefer plain Dessa as a middle name. I think it's lovely.
Odessa is on my extended list. I prefer it to Dessa. With that said, if it's for the MN, go with what has meaning
I think Dessa is most likely a short form of Odessa (A Russian place name). As a middle name, anything goes, especially something honoring a family member. However, I would advice against Dessa as a first name, but it works its magic beautiful in the middle name slot.
Just sounds like a nickname for Odessa to me.
I would also guess that Dessa is a shortened form of Odessa.
I know a Dessa. She is in her early thirties, successful, intelligent, artistic, and beautiful! I think it's a great name.