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What does Theresa mean?

Theresa Pronunciation of Theresa 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.


ASSOCIATED WITH greek, 19th century, story (literary), modern


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, Tressa, Trescha, Treza, Zita

SEE ALSO Autumn, Therma

RELATIONS VIA TERESA, TERI Terea, Teree, Tereska, Teresse, Terez, Terezia, Tersia, Teruska, Tesa



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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 #1106 currently. (TOP 2000 NAMES, 2018)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Theresa name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

Autumn (#77 VIA LATEST LIST), Tessa (#245), Teresa (#798), Tess (#1291), Teresita, Therese, Tressa, Tresa, Tracy, Tracie, Tracey, Theressa, Terese, Teressa, Tessie, Teresia, Tera, Terry, Terri, Terresa, Teri and Zita are the prominent alternative forms of Theresa (#1106). 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 (#1718, DOWN 88.8%), with versions like Tracy becoming somewhat outmoded. Tessa and Autumn are two of the more contemporarily stylish girl names in this list.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Theresa, Autumn, Tera, Teresa, Terese in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Teresia, Teresita, Teressa, Teri, Terresa in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Terri, Terry, Tess, Tessa, Tessie in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Therese, Theressa, Tracey, Tracie, Tracy in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Tresa, Tressa, Zita in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Recommended sound-alike 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.