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Meaning and name origin
Teresa \t(e)-re-sa\ as a girl's 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 variant forms: 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 is a very popular first name for females (#54 out of 4276) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#32708 out of 88799) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Teresa for girls (2015 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Teresa and its variant forms. Variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Tea, Teresa, Terese, Teresita, Teressa, Terra, Terri, Terrie, Terry, Tess, Tessa, Tessie, Theresa, Therese, Tracy, Tresa, Tressa and Tricia. (2015 statistics).
Teresa is also pronounced similarly to Taresa, Terresa and Theressa. Other suggested similar baby names are Tercia, Terea, Terena, Terezsa, Terica, Terika, Terresia, Tersha, Terza, Thersa, Tiersa, Treasa, Treesa, Treza and Trisa. These names tend to be less commonly used than Teresa.
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