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Tess as nn for Elisabeth

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kmini Sat 28-Jan-17 21:57:31

OK, give it to me straight. Would you think it's a bit of stretch?

Tess is pretty much a certain. Don't love Tessa nearly as much, always loved Elisabeth (and both our grandmothers were Elizabeth's), but silly enough to care what others opinions might be.

Thank you

DramaAlpaca Sat 28-Jan-17 21:59:27

Tess is gorgeous on its own.

Tess Elisabeth?

llhj Sat 28-Jan-17 22:08:01

I have never of tess as a diminutive for Elizabeth or Elisabeth? It's pretty though. I'd just name her tess elisabeth tbh.

notMarlene Sat 28-Jan-17 22:10:57

Tess is great on it's own. You could use it for Esther at a stretch, I think.

Tess Elizabeth and Esther Elisabeth both work.

reuset Sat 28-Jan-17 22:11:33

I suppose you can just about see how you get it, but it is a little bit of a stretch.

I take it Theresa and Esther are no good?

Yep, also consider Tess alone

MiniMaxi Sat 28-Jan-17 22:11:38

Isn't it a diminutive of Theresa as well? I like Tess on its own if you're not keen on that or Tessa. That said, Bess is the diminutive of Elizabeth, and it's hardly "short for" smile

notMarlene Sat 28-Jan-17 22:13:32

Theresa/Teresa, yes. But really? Now? Is quite a statement for a baby born at this moment in time.

minipie Sat 28-Jan-17 22:15:54

Tess is short for Theresa or Tessa. Not Elisabeth... sorry!

Just call her Tess (great name) and use Elisabeth as a mn.

calilark Sat 28-Jan-17 22:17:18

Tess is a great standalone name (might be more than a little bit biased) wink

seven201 Sat 28-Jan-17 22:17:54

Too much of a stretch imo. My dd's middle name is Tessa as my mum was Teresa (although was always a Tessa). I like Tess, but don't think it works derived from Elizabeth, especially as there are already
a lot eg Liz, Lizzie, Betty .

SubordinateThatClause Sat 28-Jan-17 22:18:00

Bess is short for a Elizabeth! No reason why it can't be Tess. Totally up to you. I love Tess and Beds!

SubordinateThatClause Sat 28-Jan-17 22:18:26


notMarlene Sat 28-Jan-17 22:19:57

Yeah, Elizabeth has all the best nn's. I think Bess is one of my favourite.

ArriettyClock1 Sat 28-Jan-17 22:21:50

I thought Tess was a diminutive of Theresa, not Elizabeth.

MarilynWhirlwindRocks Sat 28-Jan-17 22:44:10

Ooh, yes, agree with PPs: Tess Elisabeth is very pretty.

MitzyLeFrouf Sat 28-Jan-17 23:04:55

Just call her Tess. Better that than searching for a name you'll never even use.

MitzyLeFrouf Sat 28-Jan-17 23:06:26

Theresa/Teresa, yes. But really? Now? Is quite a statement for a baby born at this moment in time.

Indeed. And I couldn't think of a worse namesake.

reuset Sat 28-Jan-17 23:10:41

How could I have forgotten about Theresa. I retract my suggestion grin

Pluto30 Sun 29-Jan-17 05:27:51

I'm an Elizabeth and can guarantee I'd get a few hmm looks if I told people my nickname was Tess. Liz and Lizzy are the default nicknames, with a handful of others being accepted.

Tess Elisabeth is better.

daisydaisychain Mon 30-Jan-17 19:40:07

It's not an obvious nickname for Elizabeth so it might surprise people, but I don't see why she can't have any nickname you want. I'm considering Elizabeth, and will probably go with one of the more obvious nicknames myself though (not the most obvious one - I hope liz won't be as much of a default for the next generation!)

Sugarpiehoneyeye Mon 30-Jan-17 19:55:35

Someone recently called their baby daughter Estella, nick named Tess.
I think that's rather lovely.

Thatsnotmybabyname Tue 31-Jan-17 08:07:58

I think this is fine! Who really cares what other people think anyway, she is your little girl. I love the connection with your Grandmothers. Could you call her Elisabeth Tess (gorgeous) and when you announce say 'to be known as Tess'. It isn't unusual to be known by your middle name.

And it isn't much different to being known as Bess/ie for Elizabeth.

Or else go for Tess Elisabeth to make it sound longer. It isn't any shorter than lovely names like Kate or Anne.

KlingybunFistelvase Tue 31-Jan-17 12:09:20

Could you call her Elisabeth Tess (gorgeous) and when you announce say 'to be known as Tess'. It isn't unusual to be known by your middle name.

Agree with this^^.

FireInTheHead Tue 31-Jan-17 18:28:53

Bess is nn for Elisabeth and Tess/Tessa nns for Theresa. Maybe won't be a problem but I'd always assume a Tess was a Theresa not an Elisabeth. All pretty names though.

I see no reason why it can't be used as a nn for Elisabeth. There are derivatives of other names, that started off by changing one letter of another derivative.

One obvious example is Polly, which is an old nickname for Mary, which was adapted from Molly.

Posy as a nickname for Josephine, while being a word, was very likely inspired by the Josie derivative.

So Bess > Tess isn't stretch surely?

After all, Zizzy (inspired by Lizzy) can be a nn for Elizabeth too.

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