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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.
Theresa is a very popular first name for females (#72 out of 4276) and a slightly less popular surname or last name for all people (#49051 out of 88799) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Theresa for girls (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Theresa and its variant forms. Variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Autumn, Tera, Teresa, Terese, Teresita, Teressa, Teri, Terri, Terry, Tess, Tessa, Tessie, Theresa, Therese, Tracey, Tracie, Tracy, Tresa, Tressa and Zita. (2014 statistics).
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