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Meaning and name origin

Theresa \th(e)-re-sa\ as a girl's name is pronounced the-REE-sah, ter-REE-sah. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Theresa is "late summer". Possibly a Greek place name: the first bearers of this name might have been from the Greek island of Therasia. Name of two popular Catholic saints. Saint Teresa of Avila was an astringent, intellectual mystic. Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, France (19th century), who died at age 24, wrote an account of her life published as "The Story of a Soul", which so affected its readers worldwide that she became the most popular saint of modern times. Actresses Theresa Russell, Teresa Wright, Teri Garr, Teri Hatcher; humanitarian Mother Teresa; basketball player Theresa Edwards.


Theresa has 46 variant forms: Resi, Rezi, Rezka, Taresa, Tera, Terasa, Teresa, Terese, Teresia, Teresina, Teresita, Teressa, Tereza, Terezinha, Terezsa, Teri, Terresa, Terresa, Terresia, Terri, Terrosina, Terry, Terrya, Tersa, Tersina, Tersita, Terza, Tess, Tessa, Tessey, Tessi, Tessie, Tessy, Therese, Theresina, Theresita, Theressa, Tracey, Tracie, Tracy, Treesa, Tresa, Tressa, Trescha, Treza and Zita.

For more information, see also related girl names Autumn and Therma.


Theresa is a very popular first name for females (#72 out of 4276, Top 2%) and a slightly less popular surname or last name for all people (#49051 out of 88799, Top 55%) (Source: 2000 U.S. Population Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Theresa for girls. Theresa reached its highest rank of #41 in the U.S. in 1950-1959 (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).

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

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Theresa and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Autumn (#71), Tessa (#221), Teresa (#719), Tracey, Therese, Tracie, Tracy, Zita, Tressa, Tresa, Theresa, Tess, Teresita, Terese, Tera, Teressa, Teri, Terry, Terri and Tessie. (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Autumn, Tera, Teresa, Terese, Teresita, Teressa, Teri, Terri, Terry, Tess in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Tessa, Tessie, Theresa, Therese, Tracey, Tracie, Tracy, Tresa, Tressa, Zita in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Autumn, Teresa, Tess, Tessa, Theresa outside U.S.

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

Similar Names

Suggested similar baby names are Cheresa, Sheresa, Tereska, Therena, Thersa, Thirsa, Thursa and Tiersa. These names tend to be less commonly used than Theresa.