Gender: Female Meaning of Tessa: "to reap, to gather" Origin of Tessa: Diminutive of Theresa Tessa's Popularity in 2019: #260

Tessa Origin and Meaning

The name Tessa is a girl's name of Greek origin meaning "to reap, to gather".

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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Rank in US: #260

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Famous People Named Tessa

Pop Culture References for the name Tessa

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"