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Tess comes from a few different origins and has multiple meanings. It is a variant of the Teresa from Greek and Tessa from English. It is said to mean “late summer” or “to harvest”.

Meaning of the name Tess

To harvest or harvester

Origin of the name Tess


Symbolism of the name Tess

Tess has plenty of substance, a lot of styles, and admirable strength. She likes to control those under her influence and shape her surroundings to her liking. Tess can keep secrets and is a good diplomat to her friends. She has an eventful and exciting life and is versatile.

Style of the name Tess


Gender of the name Tess

Tess is a girl's name.

Pronunciation of the name Tess


Number of syllables in the name Tess


Emotion evoked from the name Tess

Tess is sensitive, affectionate, and full of imagination. She cooperates well with others and is prone to self-sacrifice. She may have healing and psychic powers. Tess is a fast learner and courageous. She is also energetic, strong-willed, and action-oriented. She wants to make a difference in the world.

Alternative spellings for the name Tess

  • Tes

Nicknames for the name Tess

  • Tea
  • Sissy

Popularity of the name Tess

Tess entered the popularity chart in 1983. It stayed at the low end of the chart before doubling in 1989. From there, it gradually rose every year to a peak in 1992. It stayed at a fairly steady level until around 2006. Then it started to decline every year and went off the chart in 2013.

Related names for the name Tess

Great middle names for Tess and their meanings

Famous people with the name Tess

  • Tess Amorim (Brazilian actress)
  • Tess Broussard (American model and actress)
  • Tess Daly (British television presenter)
  • Tess Frazer (American actress)
  • Tess Gaerthe (Dutch singer)
  • Tess Gallagher (American writer)
  • Tess Gardella (American actress and vaudeville performer)
  • Tess Gerritsen (American novelist)
  • Tess Holliday (American model and blogger)
  • Tess Wiley (American singer-songwriter)

Tesses in popular culture

  • Tess Skeffington (character in Murder By Death)
  • Tess Carlisle (character in Guarding Tess)
  • Tess Carroll (character in Charlie St. Cloud)
  • Tess (character on Criminal Minds)
  • Tess Mercer (character in series Smallville)
  • Tess (character on the television series Touched by an Angel)
  • Tess Trueheart (in the Dick Tracy comic strip series)
  • Tess the Sea Turtle Fairy (from the Rainbow Magic book series)
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