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Gender: Female Meaning of Tessa: "to reap, to gather" Origin of Tessa: Diminutive of Theresa Tessa's Popularity in 2017: #246

The name Tessa is a girl's name of Greek origin meaning "to reap, to gather". Tessa is ranked #246 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Classic Baby Names with a Twist and discussed in our forums with posts like "Makeover 10 times".

From the experts:

Among baby girl names, Tessa's much more popular than either mother name Theresa or shorter form Tess. Today, many people may not even remember that Tessa originated as a short form of Theresa as it stands quite nicely on its own.

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Famous People Named Tessa

Tessa Lynne Thompson, American actress
Tessa De Loo, pen name of Johanna Martina "Tineke" Duyvené de Wit, Dutch novelist
Tessa Rumsey, American poet
Tessa Allen, American actress
Tessa Virtue, Canadian Olympic ice dancer
Tessa Grady, American actress
Tessa Bonhomme, Canadian ice hockey player
Tessa Jane Jowell, English MP and Minister for the Olympics
Tessa Jane Munt, English MP
Tessa Netting, YouTuber and actress
Chantal Sophia "Tessa" Dahl, English novelist and actress; daughter of novelist Roald Dahl
Tessa Ferrer (b. 1986), daughter of singer Debby Boone and actor Gabriel Ferrer
Tessa Violet Williams, YouTube vlogger and singer-songwriter
Tessa Brooks, American dancer and YouTuber

Pop Culture References for the name Tessa

Theresa "Tessa" Gray, character in The Infernal Devices and Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
Tessa O'Connell, main character in The Bad Boy Series by Blair Holden
Tessa Young, main character in The After Series by Anna Todd
Tessa Quayle, main character in film "The Constant Gardener"
Tessa Altman, character on TV's "Suburgatory"
Tessa Noël, character on TV's "Highlander: The Series"
Tessa, "contadina," mistress to Tito Melema, in Romola (1862) by George Eliot
Tessa, "contadina" who marries Giuseppe Palmieri in the Gilbert and Sullivan opera The Gondoliers (1889)
Tessa Reynolds, main character in "Heaven Looks a Lot Like the Mall" by Wendy Mass
Tessa Scott, main character in "Before I Die" and film "Now is Good"
Tessa, character in the Red Earth video game series
Teletha "Tessa" Testarossa, character in anime/manga "Full Metal Panic"
Tessa, reaper on Supernatural
Tessa, main character in blog series "Dark Intensions" and "Dark Vows"
Tessa, character on Showtime's "Masters of Sex"
Tessa Campanelli, minor character on "Degrassi Junior High" and "Degrassi High", and major character in "Degrassi: School's Out!"

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