Gender: Female Meaning of Tesla: "from Thessaly" Origin of Tesla: Slavic

Tesla Origin and Meaning

The name Tesla is a girl's name of Slavic, Serbian, Croatian origin meaning "from Thessaly".

Tesla, the surname of Serbian inventor Nikola Tesla that has more recently been used as the brand name for an electric car, is gaining some use as a first name for girls. Exactly 100 girls were named Tesla in the U.S. last year. You might think of the name as a Tessa/Isla hybrid, though with Tesla the s is not silent. There was also a rock band named Tesla.

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heathergrey Says:


I mean Tesla is a surname so really I'd say both genders have equal claim to it.

heathergrey Says:


This is my daughter, Tesla and my son, Volvo

maegan Says:


I had planned on naming my (some day) daughter this since I was a teenager. Now, a decade on...and I'm pregnant with my first child, a girl - of course. I'm pretty heartbroken now that my perfect name has been delegated to automobiles. I don't know if I have it in me to name my child something that is, at this point, going to be the equivalent of Chevy or Ford. Grrrr. I toyed with the idea of doing it anyway - then my brother bought a freakin' Tesla. *le sigh*

I mean I'm all for electric cars and everything but I've gotta admit I'm more than a little bitter about how commercial the name is now. I was 100% set and now that its not really an option anymore nothing seems to fit right. She's due in 2.5 months now. Hopefully soon a girl will have a name. :(

danirose01 Says:


Ya never know, maybe it's the new Mercedes

bstevens09 Says:


What about using this as a boy name? Tesla was a man after all. I get that one can argue nicknames like Tess and the la ending make the name girly, but with Nikola Tesla as such a strong association that could be shut down pretty quick.

skwc630 Says:


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.

headintheclouds Says:


Tesla, purely on the sound and spelling of the name, is gorgeous- sounds spunky and girly, also short and sweet. If you're into the scientist, he'd be a great namesake. People who end up using Tesla are most likely honoring Nikola Tesla anyway, since it's a very strong and pretty much the only association with the name.

SimoneKadele Says:


My camp counselor thought this was my name for an entire week. He asked me if I was named after the scientist or the car. My name is the name of a Finnish software company and an Ikea dishrag (LOL), but not a car. I told him my name was TEKLA.

amberdaydream Says:


It'd be extra shocking if your surname was Coyle :)

Nikola Tesla was a bit of an odd duck, what with the whole pigeon thing.