Therese Name Meaning & Origin

Therese

Pronunciation: teh-REHZ, teh-REES (key)

Origin of the name Therese:

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.

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Comments and insights on the name Therese: | Edit

I can remember being a little girl and no one being able to say my name but my family. As I grow older that is when I began to really like my name. My name is very strong and confident. So if anyone ever has doubts on whether to name your daughter Therese, don't they will love it as they grow.

The popularity bump in the 1920s was probably caused by St. Therese of Lisieux's beautification in 1923.

Personal experiences with the name Therese: | Edit

My sister is named Therese, she likes the name, but outside Scandinavia we have discovered most people have a hard time pronuncing it correctly, it often becomes "Teresa". Also young children have a hard time pronuncing it, and it often becomes "Tessa" or "Rese"

My name is Therese and I have 2 other first names that goes with it. I think it's a really unique name but most of my friends have had trouble pronouncing my name so I'm often called by my surname. Even in cafes or restaurants I get my name mispronounced and often mistaken as "Theresa." In school or places where I need to fill-up forms, when people transferred my name somewhere else after copying off a form I wrote, I'd always made sure I'd double-check to see if they wrote my name right. I can't tell how many times people mispell it, it's so often I become wary. In my country, Theresa or Teresa is more common. But lately, I've been making progress by giving the 'nickname' Reese when I go into cafes or order takeout. Although, I've never been called "Reese" before, at 21years old, I'm making the nickname my own.

Nicknames for Therese: | Edit

Terry, Tess, Reese, Tessa

Meanings and history of the name Therese: | Edit

A French form of the name Teresa, originally from the Greek for "harvester".

Famous real-life people named Therese: | Edit

St. Therese of Lisieux, French Carmelite nun and mystic
Marie-Thérèse Charlotte de France, Madame Royale, daughter of Louis XVI of France and Marie Antoinette

Therese in song, story & screen: | Edit

Thérèse (opera), an opera by Jules Massenet
Thérèse (film), a film by Alain Cavalier
Therese Lisbon, the eldest sister in "The Virgin Suicides" (Jeffrey Eugenides book/Sophia Coppola film)

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