Tessa is a diminutive of Teresa/Theresa, a name of uncertain etymology. It could be derived from Greek theros meaning “summer; harvest, crop; heat” or from Greek therizo meaning “to reap, cut”. It could also possibly be related to Greek ther meaning “wild beast; beast of prey” or Greek thēráō “to hunt”.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European



  • Tess (English, Dutch)
  • Tessie (English)
  • Teresa (Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Polish, Finnish, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, English)
  • Theresa (English, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish)
  • Therese (German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, English)
  • Theresia (German, Dutch, Swedish)
  • Teresia (Swedish)
  • Terese (Basque, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish)
  • Tereza (Czech, Bulgarian, Brazilian Portuguese, Bulgarian, Romanian)
  • Terezija (Slovene, Croatian)
  • Terezie (Czech)
  • Thera (Dutch diminutive of Theresia)
  • Thérèse (French)
  • Terézia (Hungarian, Slovak)
  • Toiréasa (Irish)
  • Treasa (Irish)
  • Therasia (Late Roman)


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