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

Tess Origin and Meaning

The name Tess is a girl's name of English origin meaning "to harvest".

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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Tessa, Tesza, Tessie


Boba_Buddy_Le Says:


The association with Tess Holliday kind of puts me off this name.

katinka Says:


I love the simple, streamlined strength of Tess.

TechnoKitten Says:


In my opinion more beautiful than Tessa

cheesy-biscuit Says:


This name is growing on me a lot.

тess Says:


Yay, my name! My mum tells me she always knew that she would call a daughter it since she first read Tess of the D'Urbevilles at 14. :-) The only bugbear I have is that a lot of people I've met (mainly teachers/bosses who just want to be formal lol) automatically assume that my name is in fact Theresa/Tessa, and call me it. But other than that, in my opinion it's short and sweet! :-)

That Invisible Girl Named Tess Says:


OOH! That's m name! I luv unique names. :D Yay!

Margot23 Says:


Hardy made me love Tess.

TheHumanCanvas Says:


I like Tess more than Tessa, mainly because I already know a Tessa... I guess I don't like using names I already have an association for. That aside though, I love Tess for its strong, feminine image <3 Tessie is a lovely pet form.

ThistleThorn Says:


I would name a daughter Theresa or Teresa and call her Tess. It just seems to short as a full name.

SimoneKadele Says:


Slightly prefer Tessa, as in Tessa Gray from The Mortal Instruments...

That Creepy Stalker Named Tess Says:


That is my name! #994... awwww..... :'-(

Shishi Says:


Tess! From Legend! I love that character! She's awesome!