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This article is about the unisex given name. For other uses, see Tess (disambiguation).
Pronunciation Te-ss
Gender Originally Female
Word/name Greek
Meaning "Harvester; To Reap"

Tess is a feminine given name. It is a diminutive form of Theresa or Esther.

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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