Teresa Name Meaning & Origin

Teresa

Pronunciation: tə-REES-ə (English), teh-RAY-sə (multiple languages) (key)

Origin of the name Teresa:

Of uncertain etymology, Teresa is generally believed to be derived from the Greek therizein (to reap, to gather in) and thus takes the definition of “harvester.” The first known bearer of the name was the Spanish wife of St. Paulinus, a 5th century Roman bishop of Nola. Teresa was not used outside the Iberian Peninsula until the 16th century, when the fame of St. Teresa of Avila (1515—82) made the name popular among Roman Catholics throughout Europe. Var: Tereza, Theresa. Pet: Teri, Terri, Terry

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Comments and insights on the name Teresa: | Edit

Teresa is a beautiful, classy name. It sounds soft, but there have been many figures in history with this name that were strong and wonderful role models for women.

Aseret, Easter and Teresa are acronyms of each other; they contain the same letters.

Personal experiences with the name Teresa: | Edit

When a person named Teresa has an interesting personality. They are smart, kind, can be rude. Outgoing, fun/funny, pretty, creative, and bold. Is a person that always can make friends easily, is loyal, and people can easily trust her. Is tough and strong. She doesn't like to show emotion. It can be hard for her to trust people easily, but people can easily trust her. She can have an attitude. She is mature and immature at the same time. She is also a good listener. A girl named Teresa is my best friend!

* My sister's name is Teresa, and she is a smart, spiritualjust , and beautiful young lady.

* There's a great variation in subtle pronunciation differences - I love being TREE-sah to some people and Ter-RAY-zah elsewhere and Ter-REESE-ah still other places. Plus there's Teresa variation in most European languages. If this bothers you, it may not be a good choice. To me, it's like having secret extra names.

-Teresa Lorraine. Teresa is my daughter, mother, great- grandmother, and great-great-great grandmother are all Teresa. It is a tradition that a grandaughter (usually the oldest of a family) is named Teresa. So I will have a great-granddaughter named Teresa as well.-

~Teresa is usually a Mexican/Hispanic or Latin/Italian name. I am both Mexican and Italian, and the name Teresa runs in my family's history.~

Nicknames for Teresa: | Edit

Tere, Teri, Terri, Terry, Tess, Tessa,Teecee, , Reesa,Telly, Terree,

Meanings and history of the name Teresa: | Edit

It comes from Spain, Rome and Greece. It means to harvest.

Famous real-life people named Teresa: | Edit

Mother Teresa (born Agnes)
Teresa Scanlan - Miss America 2011
Teresa Wright - American actress
Teresa Cristina, Empress of Brazil

Teresa in song, story & screen: | Edit

Teresa (TV series), a Mexican soap opera
Teresa (film), Rod Steiger's first film appearance
"Teresa" (song), a song by Joe Dolan that topped the Irish singles chart in 1969
"Teresa", a song by Dick Haymes & The Andrews Sisters
Teresa Bryant, character on the British soap opera Coronation Street
Teresa Cammeniti, character on the Australian soap opera Neighbours
Teresa Moreno, wife of Richard Sharpe in Bernard Cornwell's Sharpe series of historical fiction
Teresa of the Faint Smile, one of the main characters in the popular anime and manga series Claymore
Teresa Wisemail, a character from the PlayStation role-playing game Suikoden II
Teresa di Vicenzo (aka Tracy), fictitious character & wife of James Bond in both the novel & movie "On Her Majesty's Secret Service".
Teresa is an important character in an anime named Claymore.
Teresa "Resa" Folchart, Meggie's mother from Cornelia Funke's Inkheart trilogy.
Teresa Agnes, a character in James Dashner's "The Maze Runner"

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