Tess / Tessa

For which names could [name]Tess[/name] / [name]Tessa[/name] be a nn besides T(h)eresa or something awful like Contessa? Is there anything?

[name]Tertia[/name]-Latin name meaning “third child”
[name]Terentia[/name]- feminine form of [name]Terence[/name]
[name]Theora[/name]- Greek name meaning "watcher; contemplater’
[name]Thera[/name]- greek name meaning “wild; untamed”
[name]Thea[/name]- Greek name meaning “goddess”
[name]Thirza[/name]- Hebrew name meaning “pleasantness”
Contessa _Italian for “countess”

I really like [name]Tessa[/name] as a nn! Some of these might be a stretch…



I love the name [name]Tess[/name] ([name]Tessa[/name], too), and love them as names in and of themselves.

If you’d like it as a nickname, I was thinking that you could always give your baby T.S. initials (such as [name]Tabitha[/name] [name]Scarlett[/name]) as a way of reaching the [name]Tess[/name] or [name]Tessa[/name]. Another possibility could be a T first name paired with an Es middle, such as [name]Estelle[/name] or [name]Esme[/name].

Good luck! :slight_smile:


This one is really pretty.

Doesn’t this remind you of [name]Cecily[/name] with a lisp?

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No, not for me. My only objection is that it is a modern name (for a person vs a place, that is), and I prefer names with deeper histories.