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Gender: Female Meaning of Teresa: "to harvest" Origin of Teresa: Spanish Teresa's Popularity in 2017: #720

The name Teresa is a girl's name of Spanish, Italian, Portuguese origin meaning "to harvest". Teresa is ranked #720 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Most Common Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "Rotating Sibling Sets".

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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
Saint Mother Teresa (born Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu), Albanian nun and missionary
Teresa Cristina Maria Giuseppa Gaspare Baltassare Melchiore Gennara Francesca de Padova Donata Bonosa Andrea d'Avelino Rita Luitgarda Geltruda Venancia Taddea Spiridione Rocca Matilde of the Two Sicilies, Empress consort of Dom Pedro II of Brazil
Maria Teresa Mestre (y Batista), Grand Duchess consort of Henri of Luxembourg
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
Teresa Budzisz-Krzyżanowska, Polish actress
Teresa Zuzanna Ceglecka-Zielonka, Polish political activist
Teresa Polias, Australian soccer player
Teresa Noyola Bayardo, Mexican football player
Maria Teresa Francisca de Assis Antónia Carlota Joana Josefa Xavier de Paula Micaela Rafaela Isabel Gonzaga, Princess of Beira, claimant to the Spanish throne
Maria Teresa Fernanda Felicitas Gaetana Pia of Savoy, Duchess consort of Charles II, Duke of Parma
María Teresa Antonia Rafaela of Spain; wife of Louis, Dauphin of France
Maria Teresa de Filippis, Italian racing driver

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"
Teresa, character in "The Maze Runner"
Teresa Banks, character on TV's "Twin Peaks"
Teresa Rivera, a Mattel fashion doll who is Barbie's fictional best friend


paulapuddephatt Says:


I love this name. I much prefer this spelling to Theresa. I love Tessa, Tess and Terri as short forms - and also, Tessa as an independent name.

SimoneKadele Says:


I much prefer Teresa to Theresa. One, it looks better to me. Two, people would probably pronounce Theresa tuhr-EE-suh, but Teresa gives me an excuse to tell people to pronounce it tehr-EHS-uh, which I find much more appealing. And lastly, it is more connected to the nickname Tessa, which I love.