Tesla Name Meaning & Origin
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More commonly thought of as a girls name, but I think it can also be a boys name, my kids find it very cool to talk about the inventor and the cars who share a name with their brother!
Very pretty and feminine name! It also is very sophisticated and smart sounding after Nikolo Tesla the inventor.
I think of this as a girl's name because of the nickname Tess/ie and the traditionally feminine -a ending.
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My step sons name is Tesla, named after Nikola Tesla.
I know a woman named Tesla, she goes by Tess. I think it's a cool name.
Tesla is not a boys name or a girls name. Its a surname which means its fine for either. My daughter is Tesla Nikole. She was named after Nikola Tesla. She is almost 15 and loves her name. Some people call her Tess.
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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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