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My sister-in-law's name is Tessa, and in my opinion you can't go wrong with Tessa. To me it sounds beautiful, but dirty kids in public schools will probably make fun of it. DO NOT NAME A BOY TESSA, YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.
― Anonymous User  11/18/2019
kayisforkeen  11/13/2019
I think Tessa is a pretty name and I don't think it sounds that similar to 'testicles'.
someone-  11/10/2019
It’s a very hot name. You can’t go wrong with Tessa.
nylonpanda  10/5/2019
Usage: English, German (Modern), Swedish (Modern), Finnish (Modern), Norwegian (Modern), Danish (Modern), Dutch (Modern)

Pronounced: TEHS-ə (English), TEH-za (German), TEH-sa (Danish, Dutch), TEHS-sa (Swedish), TEHS-sah (Finnish)

Meaning: Form of Theresa used in several languages.
RHAWK3935  7/1/2019
Tessa is the name of Cade Yeager’s daughter in Transformers: Age of Extinction. Portrayed by Nicola Peltz.
Sweetlittlebumblebee  5/20/2019
I don't like this name. I prefer Tess.
― Anonymous User  12/2/2018
I absolutely love the name Tessa.
laraerules  5/22/2018
It is also the diminutive of the archaic Italian name Contessa that means 'countess'.
Felie  2/7/2017
This is the name of my best friend and first love. I adore her, and by default I love her name, too, though I've never thought much of it before I met her. It makes me think of a cute geek that always stands up for what she believes in and never lets anyone tear her down, which is what my best friend is. I like it very much.
RoseTintsMyWorld  5/9/2016
Sounds too similar to testicles...
flamingrubyred  4/17/2016
Theresa Gray was a character in a popular Y.A. historical fantasy series: The Infernal Devices by American author Cassandra Clare.
CasualAngel  12/31/2015
My Name is Tessa and here in Philly I was always bullied being called testicles, and much more. I used to hate my name, now I see my name is not common and although despite being bullied about it, it is a beautiful name. And I love it.
Tessawinans101  10/28/2015
I really like this name, my parents named me Tessa. I'm so happy. The name is short and sweet, but also dominant and powerful. It says 'I'm nice, but stay on my good side.' I also like the nicknames that go along with it such as Tess and Tessy. My name is actually Tessa Grace. It is a really great choice. I definitely fall into the sweet and cute flower petal delicate section but also the powerful side too. I saw a comment about the nickname Tessy- I'm only 11 so I don't mind.
Tessa also says pretty, kind-hearted girl, so anyone named Tessa is a true asset. All the kids in my class laugh though because of the SSA backwards.
TessaGrace  6/9/2015
I named one of my characters Tessa Azalea Larkspur. It is a historical novel placed in the 1970s. My excuse for the name is that her parents were hippies.
― Anonymous User  6/6/2015
My name is Tessa. I've learned to really love my name now that I'm an adult. I get lots of compliments, and I've only ever known 2 other people with the name. The only thing I hate is being called Tessy, it's a terrible nickname.
tessamarie  3/3/2015
Such a cute name!
ohheylookitshayley  1/8/2015
I went to school with a girl named 'Tessa' who was always a year before me. She was a very down to earth, respectful and thoughtful young lady. So that's what comes to mind when it comes to the name (:
Someone who's kind, smart, and easy to get along with.
― Anonymous User  9/11/2014
I named my daughter Tessa. She is my fourth child and she is a true "asset" to our family. She receives many compliments on her name.
TrudyAnn  7/11/2014
Theresa "Tessa" Gray is the main character in The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare.
― Anonymous User  12/21/2013
I read Tessa means 'fourth child,' well I am expecting my fourth baby next year, we don't know the gender yet, but I am really loving Tessa and I think (if we have a girl) it would fit her perfectly. :)
― Anonymous User  11/21/2013
Tessa Virtue is a famous Canadian figure skater, Olympic and World Champion in Ice Dancing (with Scott Moir). Virtue/Moir are the first North American ice dancers to win the Olympic gold medal.
― Anonymous User  10/21/2013
Great name. Dislike the association with Theresa. It's strong enough to stand on its own and definitely should.
GibsonGirl  4/23/2013
Tessa sounds cute, but childish. My cats name is Tessa, so I find it also more of a pet name. The name is sweet, but it doesn't look the best on humans.
Melys11  11/25/2012
Prominent British politician Tessa Jowell. She was born in 1947 as Tessa Jane Helen Palmer.
Just Jonquil  8/18/2012
It's a very pretty name. One of my friends has this name, though she hasn't said anything about how she feels about it. I am puzzled at the statistics because there are quite a few Tessas in my school, but I live in New Zealand so perhaps it's more common here than in other parts of the world.
nemui_10pm  3/3/2012
I have a friend who was adopted from China, and this is her American name. I adore this name, although it seems a bit short and nickname-y, which is why I call my friend "Tessica" as a sort of "full name".
― Anonymous User  2/13/2012
Tessa is the name of a character in Gilbert and Sullivan's operetta The Gondoliers.
Kosta  11/22/2011
My name is Theresa and it's a great name with tons of good nicknames! I like Rhysse (aka Reese) the best but Tessa and Tess are also great names!
rhysse  11/12/2011
I love Tessa even though it comes from Theresa. I would much prefer to hear Tessa any day.
GibsonGirl  11/2/2011
A darling name! Gives the feeling of a sweet girl-child.
storyteller  8/30/2011
Tessa Worley is a French alpine skier.
enchy  7/20/2011
Can mean either 'harvester' or 'countess'.
XxHysteriaXx  3/21/2011
Tessa is a lovely variant of Teresa.
― Anonymous User  2/10/2011
Tessa is the name of a reaper on Supernatural.
pifaninjat  9/26/2010
I love this as a nickname for Contessa! It's very cute.
Alora  5/3/2010
This is my name, and I think it's okay. It is a bit girly though so I go by Tess. My parents named me Tessa because it means "beloved by God" in Polish. I like that it isn't very popular-I've actually only met about 3 Tessa's in my life.:)
Tessa P.  8/19/2009
I really think this is a lovely name. It reminds me, for some reason, of the lush green foliage of Spring in the UK, and also, Tessa reminds me of the elderflower plant, which comes out in late May/June. Why it reminds me of these things, I do not know, but it's just a really homely name, I suppose. :)
walesgal92  6/20/2009
My mother's name is Teresa, and I've always sort of planned to name one of my children after her. If I do have a girl and name her Teresa, I will most likely call her Tessa as a nickname. It's short, sweet, and adorable. And then when she gets older, she can always use Teresa if she thinks Tessa sounds too childish.
meggsxx3  5/12/2009
I think Tessa is a lovely name. It is good that not many people have it because it makes it extra special.
― Anonymous User  11/1/2008
Lovely and sweet. I can just picture a sixteen year old having this as well as a 5 year old.
cheeseface  5/31/2008
It's a bit better than Tess, but not much. I can't really picture an adult with this name. The name is very girly and sort of cutesy, even though I don't find it very pretty. There was once a very butch lesbian looking woman on the Finnish Idol named Tessa. This youthful, very feminine name sounded weird on her, alright.
slight night shiver  5/9/2008
There is a Canadian figure skater and ice dancer by this name, Tessa Virture.
― Anonymous User  4/13/2008
This is a nice name, but it means "to pee" in Danish and is therefore outlawed in Denmark.
hellohi610  1/9/2008
I love my name because of it's individuality. My parents liked the name Tess but thought it sounded incomplete, I'm glad they decided on Tessa. I feel my name very much complements my personality. It stands apart - I've only met one other Tessa in my life - I'm 22 - she was a sweet little girl about 4. I think it fit her perfectly too.
silverangel327  7/28/2007
I love this name, it's feminine and dainty, without being too flowery. It's cute on a little girl, but it also brings to mind the image of a graceful woman.
― Anonymous User  4/2/2007
I don't like this name, and I really don't understand why everyone else does. It seems plain and boring to me.
black_lace  2/6/2007
I think the name Tessa is very beautiful. I like how it is short and sweet.
EgYpTiAn PrInCeSs  1/16/2007
What a BEAUTIFUL name. It sounds like it would be perfect for a little princess or ballerina. What a wonderful name for a little girl. I may consider this name myself for any future daughters I may have.
cleopatraVII  12/21/2006
Tessa is a beautiful name. It is also Italian and has the meaning of countess.
Barking Spider  12/21/2006
I was on a website once that said Tessa was Italian and meant countess. I think Tessa is a beautiful name. Very graceful and pleasing sounding.
Tito82  12/20/2006
I like this name a lot. My name is Jessica and I would really like the name Tessa so much more.
septsweetie99  11/16/2006
Tessa appeared on the top 1000 list in the 1970's. Its most popular year was the 1990's where it ranked 233.
― Anonymous User  9/25/2006
I really like this name. I think that it is so pretty.
taures07  8/26/2006
Spell it backwards and it says asset.
― Anonymous User  7/14/2006
This was the name of one of the main characters in the movie, The Constant Gardener.
LimbicLove  5/9/2006
I absolutely love this name. It is dainty, feminine and graceful. It is nice it isn't overused.
― Anonymous User  4/25/2006
I love the fact that my name is uncommon. I have heard this name spoken only a few times. I hope it remains uncommon and special. It is a perfect girl's name; very feminine and gentle sounding.
Tessa25  3/2/2006
My math teacher's nickname is Tessa, but her real name is Otessa.
maxmycat  12/20/2005
Greek, means fourth child.
SoNgStReSs  4/11/2005

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