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Why is Tess/Tessa not popular?

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kmini Mon 15-May-17 05:52:31

Just that. DH and I have been set on Tess for many years if we have a daughter (8 wks to go till Dc2). We think it's classic, strong but still feminine.

Are we missing something? I know some will say it's a dog's name or others the Two Ton Tess nn. Anything that puts you off?

Any comments appreciated.

Plunkette Mon 15-May-17 05:55:31

I think it's a lovely name.

I suppose the Tess of the D'Urbervilles isn't a wholly positive association.

However if you love the name, don't let anyone put you off.

Nicky2468 Mon 15-May-17 05:58:53

I like it. Not common but not too 'far out there'

badhotfanny Mon 15-May-17 06:01:01

I love it. Don't know why others don't seem to.

TheDowagerCuntess Mon 15-May-17 06:03:09

It seems very insubstantial to me. But obviously everyone has different tastes and that's a good thing.

Zampa Mon 15-May-17 06:06:27

Do people use Elizabeth and then the nn Tess, leading to a lower entry in baby name lists?

redexpat Mon 15-May-17 06:22:46

The first MP to have twins whilst serving as an MP was a Tess. Cant remember her last name though. Mp for gloucester if anyone wants to google it.

ThomasHardyPerennial Mon 15-May-17 06:38:15

I love Tess, it's such a great name!

HearTheThunderRoar Mon 15-May-17 06:48:59

I live in New Zealand and weirdly Tessa is quite a popular name, especially amongst DD's peers (she's nearly 18)

I think Tessa is a lovely name!

robinia Mon 15-May-17 06:51:46

I like it too.

PetalMettle Mon 15-May-17 06:55:37

Tessa munt is standing for the lib Dems in wells. Tessa is sometimes used as a nn for Theresa so that may be why it's not more popular on its own?

NigellasGuest Mon 15-May-17 06:57:20

It's a very pretty name and I had no idea it wasn't that popular! I've know n a few Tess/Tessas - and there's nothing to really put you off I don't think. Anything can be a dog's name tbh.

catsarenice Mon 15-May-17 07:00:57

I really like it - there are 2 one baby group I go to and one at another

AuntieStella Mon 15-May-17 07:07:18

Possibly because it's still seen by many as a nn. I'd not use it on a BC.

Thatextrainch Mon 15-May-17 08:55:11

Tess always seems unfinished to me as a stand alone name. I like Tessa however I always picture a frumpy mid 40s woman when I hear the name. That said, I know a 2 year old Tess.

KarineAimee Mon 15-May-17 08:58:38

I like it, congratulations!

QuietNameChange Mon 15-May-17 08:59:15

I really like Tessa, even as a "standalone name". But Tess is too nickname-y for the bc imo.

I know a 2 yo "Tess" Theresa. I really like her name smile

SuperBeagle Mon 15-May-17 09:23:03

I just don't like it.

My grandparents had a spaniel named Tess, but it doesn't automatically make me think "dog". I just don't like it/the sound of it. It sounds like it'd be a nickname in Australia, in the same way that Darren because Dazza and Sharon to Shazza... Tessa/Shazza/Dazza etc. all sound one and the same, to me.

SuperBeagle Mon 15-May-17 09:23:54

Tess isn't a nickname for Elizabeth, surely? hmm It's a nickname for Teresa.

newbian Mon 15-May-17 09:24:46

I love Tessa but DH think it's horrible! I knew a few Tessas growing up and they were all sweet pretty girls.

Joinourclub Mon 15-May-17 09:26:10

Lovely name.

Floggingmolly Mon 15-May-17 09:27:22

Yes, it's definitely short for Teresa. Nice name.

MiniMaxi Mon 15-May-17 09:27:28

I like it! Would assume it was nn for Theresa but doesn't have to be.

The nn for Elizabeth (one of many) is Bess, not Tess, surely?

Politician is Tessa Jowell, no?

Joeybee Mon 15-May-17 09:31:05

I really like this name.
I do associate it with my Nannas dog...but that's a personal association. I think it's a lovely name that's totally underused.

JemimaPuddleDuckle Mon 15-May-17 12:24:10

I think it's exactly as you say, classic, strong yet pretty. All the Tessas I know are really lovely and intelligent now that I think about it! I'd say if you and your DH love it, it doesn't matter what others think. Also great to find a lovely name that is known but not too popular.

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