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What is Tess short for?

(23 Posts)
helips Mon 05-Oct-09 20:43:15

Thats it really grin I've started to really like this name but feel it is a nickname and would prefer to have a proper name on the birth certificate. Haven't even run it past dh yet, thought I'd see what the mumsnet consensus was!

NellieTheEllie Mon 05-Oct-09 20:44:02


nickytwotimes Mon 05-Oct-09 20:45:05

I know a Theresa who is Tess.
It is a lovely name, though I would be wary of giving a girl the name of a tragic heroine. wink

giddykipper Mon 05-Oct-09 20:45:11

Teresa I think.

Ewe Mon 05-Oct-09 20:45:21

My friend Tess is Tessa.

Jux Mon 05-Oct-09 20:45:24

Teresa usually (or Theresa as Nellie says; and Nellie is short for.....)

hobbgoblin Mon 05-Oct-09 20:47:21


CravingOlives Mon 05-Oct-09 20:53:53

We know an Esther who is Tess

KEAWYED Mon 05-Oct-09 20:59:25

Id say Contessa or theresa

helips Mon 05-Oct-09 21:00:48

mmm not sure I like Theresa. Contessa is ok but I know dh will hate it! Any more?

Bathsheba Tue 06-Oct-09 08:24:55

If DD3 is a girl she'll be Tess, but just Tess, no longer version...

Bathsheba Tue 06-Oct-09 08:25:10

Sorry, if DC3 is a girl....

weaselbudge Tue 06-Oct-09 09:30:39

If DC2 is a girl she will be named Tess/Tessie and it will be short for Tessa (named after my MIL). But won't use Tessa - just on birth certificate.
what about Therese (french version)?

Bathsheba Tue 06-Oct-09 09:53:06

..oh and if anyone asks (if DC3 is a girl and ends up being calledTess) I'm telling them its short of Old Testament.

buzzybee Thu 08-Oct-09 10:50:33

My DD's nursery teacher is called Vanessa but all the children call her Tessa or Tess!
Maybe Estella?

MaryAmericanSmooth Thu 08-Oct-09 10:51:36

my cousin is a Theresa and is called Tess

comeonbishbosh Thu 08-Oct-09 13:11:29

My sister is Tessa but in adult life is called Tess. I think it's a great name!

smackapacka Thu 08-Oct-09 20:18:41

My friend is called Tessa. It's a sensible 'work' name, but her mates/DP call her Tess. I know alot of people assume it is short for Theresa though. She really likes the fact that it isn't 'common/popular', but not a 'curiosity'. She's early 30s BTW.

helips Thu 08-Oct-09 20:47:17

I really like Tessa but Im worried it sounds like a nickname rather than a proper name iyswim. Will mull it over, still have 4 weeks to go and you never know, dc might be a boy anyway!

pinkx4 Mon 12-Oct-09 16:23:32

Lovely, short for Theresa. BUT...Tess of the d'Urbervilles is such a sad book and the name will ALWAYS be associated with that.

victoriascrumptious Mon 12-Oct-09 21:10:11


5inthetomb Mon 12-Oct-09 21:13:37

I have a friend called Teresita, and she gets Tess sometimes.

feetheart Mon 12-Oct-09 21:22:42

We have a Tessa. Not short for anything and at the moment, at 6.8, she LOVES her name. Major advantage, apart from it being a lovely name, is that we have NEVER met another little girl called Tessa - a few old ladies and one dog but no children

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