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Gender: Female Meaning of Therese: "to reap, gather" Origin of Therese: German variation of Theresa

The name Therese is a girl's name of German origin meaning "to reap, gather". Therese and is often added to lists like Princess Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Names on NB that make you go WOW!".

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Most religious form of this name, fading from use now.

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Famous People Named Therese

Saint Therese Martin of Lisieux, The Little Flower of Jesus
Saint Thérèse Couderc (born Marie-Victoire), French founder of the Sisters of the Cenacle
Therese Charlotte Luise of Saxony-Hildburghausen, Queen consort of Ludwig I of Bavaria
(Marie) Thérèse Félicité, Princess of France; daughter of Louis XV
Therese Natalie, Princess of Brunswick-Wolfenbuttel-Bevern, Abbess of Gandersheim, Germany
Therese Wilhelmine Friederike Isabelle Charlotte, Princess of Nassau-Weilburg; Duchess of Oldenburg
Therese Mathilde Amalie, Duchess of Mecklenburg-Strelitz; Princess of Thurn and Taxis
Therese (Teresia Amalia Karolina Josefina Antoinetta), Princess of Saxe-Altenburg; Duchess of Dalarna
Therese Elssler, Baroness von Barnim, Austrian dancer
Therese Johaug, Norwegian Olympic cross country skier
(Malin) Therese Alshammar, Swedish Olympic swimmer
(Kerstin Ingrid) Therese Sjögran, Swedish footballer
Therese Neumann, German mystic and stigmatic
Thérèse Anne Coffey, English MP
Therese Giehse, German actress
Therese Grankvist, Swedish singer formerly of group Drömhus
Therese Grob, Austrian paramour of composer Franz Schubert
Therese Grünbaum, Austrian operatic soprano
Therese Huber (born Marie Therese Heyne), German philosopher and author
Therese Lundin, Swedish footballer
Therese Malfatti, Austrian musician and friend of composer Ludwig von Beethoven
Therese Malten, German dramatic soprano
Therese Maron, German painter
Therese (Behr) Schnabel, German contralto, wife of composer Artur Schnabel
Therese (born Eva Therése) Sjölander, Swedish ice hockey player
Therese Torgersson, Swedish Olympic sailor
Therese (Thoma) Vogl, German operatic soprano
Thérèse Casgrain, French Canadian feminist
Mabel "Thérèse" Bonney, American photographer
Gabriella Therese Marie Grimaldi (b. 2014), Princess of Monaco; Countess of Carladès; daughter of Prince Albert; twin of brother Jacques Honoré Rainier

Pop Culture References for the name Therese

Therese Defarge, character in "A Tale of Two Cities" (1859) by Charles Dickens
Therese "Terri" Sullivan, character from Australian TV series "All Saints"
Therese Belivet, main character in the novel "The Price of Salt"/"Carol", by Patricia Highsmith and it's 2015 film adaptation, "Carol", played by Rooney Mara


ladimon Says:


I've adored this name ever since watching Carol. I have it on my list as a mn for Rosalina.

Lizzy Lou Says:


I prefer the French pronounciation teh-REHZ.

LostMargaret Says:


I think this name is so pretty and demure. There are several pronunciation options, but you could easily sidestep those by using Tess (also love) as a nickname.

Guest Says:


I love this when pronounced te-RAYS. So pretty.