Tesla Name Meaning & Origin

Tesla

Pronunciation: TEHZ-lə (key)

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Meanings and history of the name Tesla

Tesla was originally a surname of Slavic Origin and means "of the axe" or "harvester". The name dates back to the 7th century when it was used to describe a tool used to harvest timber. This tool is more presently referred to as an adz.

It may also be translated as "carpenter", see Polish "cieśla" - "carpenter", from "ciosać" - to hew, to axe, to strike, or "cios" - a blow, a stroke, a piece of chopped wood or worked stone. (Old Slavic "t" = Polish "ć", "ci")
See Ukrainian "тесляр/ teslar" - "carpenter". Old East Slavonic "тесати/ tesati", Russian "тесать/ tesat'" - "to hew".
Through Proto-Indo-European related to ancient Greek: "τέχνη/ tékhnē" – craft, skill, art; "τέκτων/ téktōn" – builder, carpenter, craftsman; "τίκτω/ tíktō" – to produce, to generate.

A tesla is the SI unit for magnetic flux density (after Nikola Tesla).

Tesla Motors (again a nod to the inventor) is also a company in California that is developing an electric roadster car.

Famous real-life people named Tesla

Nikola Tesla (1856-1943) he was an inventor and engineer, whose work on electricity and magnetism formed the basis for modern AC (alternating current) motors. Serbian by ethnicity, Austrian by nationality, he later became an American citizen.

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