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Surprised how underused this name is...

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Shemozzle Wed 02-Nov-16 19:45:58

Tessa.

I've always liked it when seen it on people's lists but just assumed it was very well used, as it is so normal sounding. Really surprised to find it was only given to 60 odd babies last year and is ranked 600 something. So I looked up Teresa and the various spelling diminutives and that is even less used. What do you think of it? Does it sound unusual to you?

Coconutty Wed 02-Nov-16 19:46:44

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SallyR0se Wed 02-Nov-16 19:48:10

I think Tess is popular in an Esme / Pearl / Iris kinda way.

TheTantrumCometh Wed 02-Nov-16 19:48:17

I like Tessa and although initially I agreed and thought it was underused, actually thinking about it I can see that it's probably name that just doesn't get considered but I can't put my finger on why confused

ByeByeLilSebastian Wed 02-Nov-16 19:49:38

Sounds like a dogs name to me. It's not offensive though

daisydalrymple Wed 02-Nov-16 19:51:41

I like it, have only ever known one, she's early 20s now, the name really suits her. I also love tesni, which is a Welsh girl's name, and again, that's not so popular either. (Here in north Wales )

mushroomsontoast Wed 02-Nov-16 19:52:01

I absolutely love Tess and wish I'd used it for DD. ExH vetoed it on the grounds it's a dog's name! I've never ever met a dog called Tess confused

Ylvamoon Wed 02-Nov-16 19:52:03

One of my dogs is called Tessa! 😀

Shemozzle Wed 02-Nov-16 19:52:15

But sallyrose Esme is a very popular within the top 50 charts name! I think Iris and Pearl are too, I certainly know several. That was my point that I thought it was much as popular as those but statistically it's unusual.

I've just opened another name thread and all but one poster suggested Tessa in their list! I like it but I'm worried that although underused now it could become the next Ivy/Olivia.

ftmsoon Wed 02-Nov-16 19:52:39

DD has a friend called Tessa! Just started school, so not quite 5 yet. I think it's lovely.

Shemozzle Wed 02-Nov-16 19:53:31

I have met a couple of dogs called Tess/a! But maybe that is why it appeals. I have a dd with a cat name, and we have several 'dog names' on our boys list.

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Wed 02-Nov-16 19:54:17

Lovely name!

HillaryFTW Wed 02-Nov-16 19:54:23

I like it.

instantly Wed 02-Nov-16 19:54:29

I've got a Theresa.

It never really struck me as underused. I suppose it is!

NoCapes Wed 02-Nov-16 19:54:39

It just doesn't sound like a full name to me
Sort of the female equivalent of Joey - just sounds wrong as a stand alone name

Chottie Wed 02-Nov-16 19:55:28

I always think that Tessa is a nn for Theresa.

I don't know any dogs, cats or hamsters called Tessa.

My2centsworth Wed 02-Nov-16 19:55:46

Nice name. I think I prefer Tess.

ScarletForYa Wed 02-Nov-16 19:56:19

I like Tess but not Tessa.

Shemozzle Wed 02-Nov-16 19:57:44

I did wonder if it wasn't used because it sounds like a nickname. I do usually prefer full names on BC, but Tessa or even Tess seem like full names to me. I can't stand the name Theresa unfortunately.

SellFridges Wed 02-Nov-16 19:57:50

I know one, she's two. In fact, I know another too but she is 70ish. Surprised there were only 60 though.

NetHag Wed 02-Nov-16 19:59:04

I like it a lot. I love love love Tess.

Pluto30 Wed 02-Nov-16 20:01:21

I don't like it at all. Or Tess.

The only Tess I know is my grandparents' cocker spaniel.

Lovelybangers Wed 02-Nov-16 20:03:02

Our last dog was called Tessa.

We loved her -but wouldn't use the name for a human now.

MrsHathaway Wed 02-Nov-16 20:05:10

My initial thoughts are:

1. Tess is just lovely. Zeitgeist.
2. Tessa is really not. Lumpen.
3. Teresa is very Catholic.

Hrafnkel Wed 02-Nov-16 20:06:16

It's my bff's name so I love it! Also know a few Teresas.

All the people I'm talking about are 40+

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