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This article is about the unisex given name. For other uses, see Tess (disambiguation).
Pronunciation Te-ss
Gender Originally Female, Unisex
Language(s) Persian
Word/Name Greek
Meaning "Late Summer"
Other names
Nickname(s) Tessie, Tessa
Derived diminutive of Theresa and Teresa
Related names Theresa, Teresa, Therese, Esther

Tess is a unisex given name. It can be a diminutive form of Esther, Therese, Theresa or Teresa, or a feminine name of Persian origin.

People named Tess[edit]

Fictional People named Tess[edit]


  • Tess Durbeyfield/D'Urberville, title character in the 1979 film based on Thomas Hardy's novel, played by Nastassja Kinski
  • Tess Ocean, from Ocean's Eleven (2001) and the sequel Ocean's Twelve, played by Julia Roberts
  • Tess Coleman, from Freaky Friday (2003), played by Jamie Lee Curtis
  • Tess Carlisle, title character from Guarding Tess (1994), played by Shirley MacLaine
  • Tess McGill, from Working Girl (1988), played by Melanie Griffith
  • Tess Finnegan, from Fool's Gold (2008), played by Kate Hudson
  • Tess Nichols, from 27 Dresses (2008), played by Malin Åkerman
  • Tess, from "Burlesque" (2010), played by Cher
  • Tess Carroll, from "Charlie St. Cloud" (2010), played by Amanda Crew
  • Tess Harding, lead character in "Woman of the Year" (1941), played by Katharine Hepburn


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