While many Greek names have desirable meanings (like Athena, which means “wise”), the creators of Tessa took a more literal approach. Maybe they were already the parents of three kids when they thought of a meaning for Tessa. So they settled for “fourth child”? Fortunately it has another possible meaning: “to harvest,” from “therizein.” Very girly and graceful, Tessa was the mini version of Theresa but has been a first name that has stood on its own since the early 1960s.
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