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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!"

Teza, Tess, Tessie, Tessy


Tessa Weekley Says:


Thats MY name :)

sirens_sam Says:


I keep coming back to this name. There are so many I love more, but while my favorites change day to day Tessa stays mysteriously intriguing to me. It reminds me of the feelings I had toward my daughter, Melody's name. Like there is so many that I love more but there's is just something special about it that I can't get out of my head. I wouldn't be suprised in the least if I have anything daughter in the future named Tessa.

bordercollie Says:


What a sweet, charming little name. Simple, but beautiful.

Daiseymae Says:


Me too.

Cormorant Says:


This is my given name. I plan to change it as soon as it's an option. It seems a lot of people like it, but...I really don't. Not for me.

Oriana Banana Says:


I found the name on a different website and it says it comes from the the Greek word tessera meaning 'four'. My husband suggested it and it's quickly growing on me if our second baby, fourth family member, is a girl.

LV51sfan91 Says:


This name is fun and youthful. It fits a tomboy and girly girl. I love that I can invision a girl with pigtails;)

BCTDole Says:


I agree with all of this! Our Tessa is 4 and a half months old :)

BCTDole Says:


I absolutely love this name!! We have a Tessa Claire and we are constantly getting compliments on her name. I love how this name is recognizable, but not overly popular. I also love that it is a simple name and she will never have to spell her name for anyone :)

TaliaCat Says:


Pretty name that has just steadily grown on me

Nikki D Says:


I named my daughter "Tessa" 4 1/2 years ago, and get an awestruck response from people. Like, audible gasp,"What a beautiful name." I like that I can drop the A at the end for the more casual "Tess" and it still is a cool name. In addition, it's a recognizable and phonetically-spelled name, but uncommon enough to make her stand out.

I also love that I can envision a Tess or a Tessa as almost any kind of personality or in almost any career field. It's a name that suits a child, a teenager, and a professional adult.

I have never for a second regretted the name I chose for my daughter.

GuineapigGirl15 Says:


I like the name Tessa.

Tessa Says:


i dont really like my name, to be honest.

Shishi Says:


Yaaaay!!!! Go FANGIRLS!

rainierloner Says:


Ahh!!! The fangirls have arrived!!!!

Shishi Says:


OMG you are amazing! I didn't know anyone else read that! You just got a follower

rainierloner Says:


Tessa Gray is so awesome, along with Cecily, Izzy, and Clary!

Shishi Says:


I love this name! And the main character in The Infernal Devices Trilogy!

MaryKathryn Says:


I love this name. It's so beautiful! I also love its nickname "Tess"