Tessa Name Meaning & Origin
Origin of the name Tessa:
Originally a pet form of Theresa (harvester), Tessa is now commonly bestowed as an independent given name.
From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.
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- Comments and insights on the name Tessa: | Edit
Tessa spelled backwards is "Asset" -- something of value.
- Personal experiences with the name Tessa: | Edit
Having the name Tessa is really nice, everyone remembers it easily and there aren't many ways that people can pick on you for it. When I was little, the best anyone could come up with was tissue or teapot. Tessa's a good name that can mean Countess, or the Harvester. The name Tessa is very enjoyable.
- Nicknames for Tessa: | Edit
Tess, Tessie, Teddy, Tettabear, Tallulah, Bess, Elsie, Essie, Essa
- Meanings and history of the name Tessa: | Edit
Although Tessa CAN be a nickname for Theresa and is often mistakenly tagged as principally a variant (much like Rose CAN be a nickname for the non-related name Rosamund), it has a separate etymology as a descendant of the Greek word for "four". It's related to the words tesselation and tessera.
Tessa has also been associated with Quintessa, an English language form of Quintella, from a Roman given name, which means 5th born or 5th born daughter.
One of my middle names is Quentessa, but I have always went by Tess. However, a lot of people call me Tessa. I guess they think my name real name is Tessa.
- Famous real-life people named Tessa: | Edit
Tessa Dahl (originally Chantal), daughter of writer Roald Dahl and mother of model Sophie Dahl.
Tessa Netting, YouTuber, Fangirl and Actress
Tessa Virtue - Canadian Ice Dance Olympic Champion 2010, Olympic Silver Medalist 2014, Olympic Gold Medalist 2018
Tessa Sanderson, Gold medal-winning, British Olympic Track & Field athlete. Honoured by Her Majesty the Queen with the citation CBE.
- Tessa in song, story & screen: | Edit
Tessa from the opera "The Gondoliers" by Gilbert and Sullivan
Tessa Campinelli, character on the TV series Degrassi High
Tessa, aka Sage, character in Marvel's X-Men comics
Tessa Altman, main character of the ABC sitcom "Suburgatory"
Tessa, a Reaper on the TV series "Supernatural"
Tessa Gray, the main character of Cassandra Clare's The Infernal Devices trilogy
Tessa Renée Foster, protagonist of Canadian TV series "Life With Boys"
Tessa O'Connell, main character of popular Wattpad story, "The Bad Boy's Girl"
Tessa, Saige's friend in the American Girl Saige books