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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.

For more on this name, see also related girl names Reza, Tea, Terra, Teryl and Tricia.

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)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Teresa name in U.S.

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

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)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Tea, Tera, Teresa, Terese, Teresita, Teressa, Teri, Terra, Terri, Terrie in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Terry, Tess, Tessa, Tessie, Theresa, Therese, Tracey, Traci, Tracie, Tracy in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Tresa, Tressa, Tricia, Zita in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Suggested similar baby names are Tercia, Terea, Terena, Terica, Terika, Tersha, Thersa, Tiersa and Trisa. These names tend to be less frequently used than Teresa.