Meaning and Name Origin
Teresa \t(e)-re-sa\ as a girls' name is pronounced ter-REE-sah, ter-RAY-sah. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Teresa is "late summer". Popular variant of Theresa. The first bearers of this name might have been from the Greek island of Therasia. The popularity of two saints, Teresa of Avila and Therese of Lisieux, has resulted in the creation of many variants. Mother Teresa founded an order of nuns, the Missionaries of Charity, whose sisters help people in need around the world. Her work earned her the title "the saint of the gutters", and the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize. See also Tracy. Actress Teresa Wright; basketball player Teresa Weatherspoon.
Teresa▼ has 35 variants: Techa, Terasa, Terasina, Terasita, Terecena, Terese▼, Teresia, Teresina, Teresita, Tereska, Teressa▼, Teresse, Terez, Tereza, Terezia, Terezilya, Terezita, Terosina, Terri▼, Terrie▼, Terrosina, Terry▼, Tersa, Tersia, Terushka, Teruska, Tesa, Tesia, Teskia, Tess▼, Tessa▲, Tessie▼, Tessy, Tresa and Tressa▼.
Teresa▼ has 34 more alternative forms via Theresa, Tracy: Resi, Rezi, Rezka, Taresa, Tera▼, Terezinha, Terezsa, Teri▼, Terresa, Terresia, Terrya, Tersina, Tersita, Terza, Tessey, Tessi, Therese▼, Theresina, Theresita, Theressa, Trace, Tracee, Tracey▼, Traci▼, Tracie▼, Tracy▼, Trasey, Treacy, Treasa, Treasey, Treesa, Trescha, Treza and Zita.
Teresa is a very popular first name for females (#54 out of 4276, Top 1%) and also a very popular surname for all people (#32708 out of 88799, Top 37%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the birth name popularity of Teresa for girls. Teresa reached its peak position of #25 in the U.S. during the years 1960-1969, and is currently at #719. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)
Displayed below is an analysis of the usage of the girl name Teresa and associated names. Tessa (#221 last year), Traci, Tracey, Theresa, Tracie, Therese, Tracy, Zita, Tricia, Tressa, Tresa, Tessie, Tess, Teressa, Teresita, Terese, Tera, Teri, Terra, Terry, Terrie, Terri and Tea are the prominent related forms of Teresa (#719 last year). Adoption of these girl names was at its highest during the years 1960-1969 and has become significantly less since, with versions such as Tess, Teresa, Theresa, Tracey and Therese becoming somewhat outmoded. Tessa (#221) is the most contemporarily stylish baby name here. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)