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Gender: F Meaning of Teresa: "to harvest" Origin of Teresa: Spanish Teresa's Popularity in 2013: #657

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Teresa, the simpler phonetic form of this name, was the most popular variation for its early life, when it was used exclusively in Spain and Portugal. Teresa and all its variations are far off their mid-20th-century peak now, though the name has many worthy namesakes including Saint Teresa and Mother Teresa. Short forms Tess and Tessa are now more fashionable. Other spellings to check out: Theresa, the usual English form, and the French Therese.

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Famous People Named Teresa

Saint Teresa of Avila, Spanish mystic
Teresa Cristina of the Two Sicilies, Empress consort of Dom Pedro II of Brazil
Teresa Mary "Tez" Palmer, Australian actress
Teresa Michelle Scanlan, Miss America 2011
Teresa Teng, Taiwanese pop singer
Teresa Victoria "T.V." Carpio, American singer-songwriter and actress
(Muriel) Teresa Wright, American actress
Teresa Edwards, American basketball player and coach
Teresa Brewer (born Theresa Veronica Breuer), American pop singer
Teresa Mo (Sun-kwan), Hong Kong actress

Pop Culture References for the Name Teresa

Teresa Lisbon, main character on TV's "The Mentalist"
Teresa "Terri" Fletcher, main character in movie "Raise Your Voice"
Teresa "Tess" Bell, character on Australian soap "Neighbours"
Teresa Mendoza, main character in Spanish telenovela "La Reina del Sur"
Teresa Brisby, field mouse in movie "The Secret Of NIMH"
Teresa of the Faint Smile, character in manga "Claymore"