Teresa Gender Female Other names Alternative spelling Theresa, Therese Nickname(s) Terri, Terry, Tess Derived perhaps from Greek therizein (to harvest) Teresa, Theresa, and Therese ( French: ) are feminine given names. The name is thought to be derived from the Thérèse Greek verb θήρίζεἰν therizein, meaning to harvest.
Its popularity likely increased due to the prominence of several
Roman Catholic saints, including Teresa of Ávila, Thérèse of Lisieux and, most recently, Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta.
The popularity of this name in the
United States over the last 15 years is falling, according to the US Census. Spelled "Theresa", it was ranked as the 852nd most popular name for girls born in 2008, down from 226th in 1992 (it ranked 65th in 1950, and 102nd in 1900). Spelled "Teresa", it was the 580th most popular name for girls born in 2008, down from 206th in 1992 (it ranked 81st in 1950, and 220th in 1900). Name variants [edit ] Renia ( Polish) Resa ( German) Resel ( German) Resi ( German) Rezi ( Hungarian) Riza ( Hungarian) Rizus ( Hungarian) Rocel ( German) Teca ( Hungarian) Tèrag ( Scottish Gaelic) Techa ( Spanish) Tere ( Spanish) Tereixa ( Galician) Terenia ( Polish) Teresa ( Danish, English, Finnish, German, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish) Terese ( Basque) Teresia ( Swedish) Teresinha ( Portuguese) Teresita ( Spanish) Tereska ( Polish) Tereson ( French) Teresa ( Portuguese) Teréz ( Hungarian) Tereza ( Breton, Bulgarian, Czech, Greek, Portuguese, Romanian, Serbo-Croatian) Teréza ( Hungarian) Τερέζα (Tereza) ( Greek) Terēze ( Latvian) Terézia ( Slovak) Terezia ( Hungarian) Tereza ( Czech) Terezija ( Slovene) Terezilya ( Russian) Terezinha ( Portuguese) Terezka ( Czech) Teri ( English) Terike ( Hungarian) Terina ( Italian) Terinka ( Czech) Tèrìz ( Lebanese Arabic) Terka ( Czech) Terri ( English) Terrie ( English) Terry ( English) Tersa ( Italian) Teruska ( Hungarian) Tesa ( Polish) Tesia ( Polish) Tess ( English) Tessa ( English) Tessan ( Swedish) Tessania ( German) Tessie ( English) Tete ( Spanish) Tété ( French) Thera ( Dutch) Therasia ( Latin) Θηρεσία (Theresia, Thiresia) ( Greek) Theresa ( Danish, English, German, Norwegian, Swedish, Indonesian) Thérèse ( French) Therese ( Danish, German, Norwegian, Swedish) Theresia ( Dutch, German, Greek, Swedish, Indonesian) Toiréasa ( Irish Gaelic) Tracee ( English) Tracey ( English) Traci ( English) Tracie ( English) Tracy ( English) Treasa ( Irish Gaelic) Threissya ( Malayalam) Trees ( Dutch) Tresa ( German) Trescha ( German) Treszka ( Hungarian) Zilya ( Russian) Zizi ( Romanian) [1 ] Fréza ( Czech) Translations [edit ] People [edit ]
For people named Therese, Therèse, Thérèse, Terez, see
religion: Mother Teresa, Albanian nun, Nobel Laureate Several Saint Teresa, including: Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, O.C.D. (1873–1897), Carmelite nun, and Doctor of the Church Saint Teresa of Ávila (1515–1582), founder of the Reformed Carmelites, and Doctor of the Church Saint Teresa of the Andes (1900–1920), Carmelite nun, born Juana Fernández del Solar Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (1891–1942), Carmelite nun, born Edith Stein Saint Teresa Margaret of the Sacred Heart (1747–1770), Carmelite nun Teresa Chikaba, Guinean princess declared as Venerable by the Catholic Church Teresa Demjanovich, American nun of the Sisters of Charity
arts: Teresa Berganza, Spanish opera singer Teresa Brewer, American pop and jazz singer Teresa Carpenter, Pulitzer prize winning American author Teresa Carpio, Cantopop singer and actress Teresa Carreño, Venezuelan musician Teresa Cheung (socialite), Hong Kong socialite and actress Teresa De Sio, Italian folk singer-songwriter Teresa Edgerton, American author of fantasy novels and short stories Theresa Fu, Hong Kong singer and actress Therese Grankvist, Swedish singer Teresa Graves, American actress and singer Teresa Medeiros, American romance novelist Teresa Nielsen Hayden, American writer and teacher Teresa Palmer, Australian actress Teresa Parente, American actress Theresa Randle, American actress Theresa Russell, American actress Teresa Salgueiro, Portuguese singer Teresa Simas, Portuguese dancer and choreographer Teresa Stratas, Canadian soprano Teresa Teng, Taiwanese queen of pop Teresa Villaverde, Portuguese film director Lady Teresa Waugh, British novelist and translator Teresa Wentzler, American artist and counted cross-stitch designer Teresa Wright, Academy Award-winning American actress Teresa Żarnowerówna, Polish avant-garde artist
sports: Others: Fictional characters [edit ] Teresa "Tracy" Bond (née Draco), Bond girl from . On Her Majesty's Secret Service Teresa Bryant, on the British soap opera Coronation Street Teresa Cammeniti, on the Australian soap opera Neighbours Theresa Rourke Cassidy, the alter-ego of the Marvel Comics heroine Siryn Teresa of The Faint Smile, in Claymore Teresa Lisbon, one of the main characters in the drama The Mentalist Theresa "Terri" McGreggor, in Degrassi: The Next Generation Teresa Moreno, wife of Richard Sharpe in Bernard Cornwell's Sharpe series of historical fiction Theresa Lopez-Fitzgerald, main protagonist from soap opera "Passions" Teresa of the Faint Smile, one of the main characters in the popular anime and manga series Claymore Teresa Chávez, main protagonist and villain from the TV Series Teresa Teresa Wisemail, from the PlayStation role-playing game Suikoden II Thérèse Defarge, the main villain of Charles Dickens' novel A Tale of Two Cities Theresa, an immortal seeress, one of the main characters in the video game series Fable Theresa McQueen, from the British soap opera Hollyoaks Tess Durbeyfield, from Thomas Hardy's novel Tess of the d'Urbervilles Teresa, Barbie's best friend Teresa, an important character in James Dashner's books The Maze Runner and The Scorch Trials Tereza, from Milan Kundera's novel The Unbearable Lightness of Being Tess Hutchinson, from Shirley Jackson's short story "The Lottery" Tessa Gray, the protagonist and main character of The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare See also [edit ] Notes [edit ]