What does Theresa mean?
Theresa [there-sa] as a girls' 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 variants: 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, Trescha, Tressa, Treza and Zita.Creative forms:
(female) Therela, Thereta, ..
(male) Therebas, Thereno, .. Middle name pairings:
Theresa Kyleigh (T.K.), ..
How popular is Theresa?
Theresa is a very prominent first name for females (#72 out of 4276, Top 2%) and a slightly less prominent surname for both adults and children (#118954 out of 150436, Top 79%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)
Theresa reached its highest rank of #39 in the U.S. during 1950-1959, and is at #1193 currently. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related girl names. Autumn (#67 via latest list), Tessa (#209), Teresa (#665), Tess (#1120), Tracey, Theressa, Therese, Tracie, Tracy, Zita, Tressa, Tresa, Tessie, Teri, Teressa, Teresita, Terresa, Terri, Tera, Terese, Terry and Teresia are the prominent alternative forms of Theresa (#1193 via latest list). Other variants, like Tereska, are seldom used. These relations of Theresa were favored as birth names during the years 1960-1969 (average #892) and have become significantly less common since (#1706, down 83.1%), with versions like Tessie becoming somewhat outmoded. Autumn and Tessa are two of the more contemporarily stylish girl names in this list.
Similar NamesRecommended names are Charesa, Cherena, Cheresa, Cherese, Cherisa, Sheresa, Sherese, Sheriesa (see Cherise), Sherisa, Tercia, Terena, Terica, Terika, Tersha, Therena, Thermia, Thersa, Thirsa, Thirza, Thursa, Thurza, Tiersa, Tierza, Treasa and Trisa. These names tend to be less commonly used than Theresa.