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What does Teresa mean?

Teresa Pronunciation of Teresa [tere-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.

Associated with: greek, nuns (monk), charity (gracious), peace.


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.

Affiliated girl names: Reza, Tea, Terra, Teryl and Tricia.

19 more alternative forms via Theresa, Tracy: Taresa, Tera, Terezsa, Teri, Terresa, Terresia, Terrya, Tersina, Tersita, Terza, Tessi, Therese, Theresina, Theresita, Theressa, Treasa, Treesa, Trescha and Treza.

Creative forms:
(female) Tarsa, Tursa, ..

(male) Tereta, Terete, ..

Middle name pairings:
Teresa Raelyn (T.R.), ..

How popular is Teresa?

Teresa is a very popular first name for females (#54 out of 4276, Top 1%) and also a very popular surname for all people (#61058 out of 150436, Top 41%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Teresa reached its peak position of #25 in the U.S. during the years 1960-1969, and is currently at #665. (2015 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Teresa name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Teresa outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Tessa (#209 last year), Tess (#1120), Theresa (#1193), Therese, Theressa, Tessie, Tracy, Tricia, Tressa, Tresa, Treasa, Tesia, Terry, Teresita, Teressa, Teresia, Terese, Tera, Teri, Terra, Tea, Terrie, Terri, Terresa and Teryl are the prominent related forms of Teresa (#665 last year) rated in the Top 2000. Adoption of these forms of Teresa was at its highest 6 decades ago (median #1023) and has become significantly less since (#1814, 94.4% less usage). Teresa has generally been preferred by parents, though Tessa is now higher in the list, while forms such as Theresa used to be popular.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Teresa, Tea, Tera, Terese, Teresia in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Teresita, Teressa, Teri, Terra, Terresa in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Terri, Terrie, Terry, Teryl, Tesia in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Tess, Tessa, Tessie, Theresa, Therese in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Theressa, Tracy, Treasa, Tresa, Tressa, Tricia in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Tessa, Therese outside U.S.