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Since at least the 1800s, Teresa has been one of the most popular names for baby girls in the United States. While the spellings Teresa and Theresa may seem interchangeable, Teresa is actually the preferred spelling in Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian cultures. Either way, the exact origin of the name is unknown, though it does have several potential Greek inspirations. Pair Teresa with a trendy middle name to help bring her into the 2020s.

Meaning of the name Teresa :

Greek: To harvest, summer

Origin of the name Teresa :

There is some debate over the exact origin of the name Teresa, though its origins are almost definitely Greek. Some say it comes from the Greek word “therizein,” which means “to harvest.” Others say it comes from the Greek word “theros,” which means “summer.”

Symbolism of the name Teresa :

Teresa is a name associated with numerous saints, including Mother Teresa, so new parents of faith may find some symbolism there. Its potential meanings “to harvest” and “summer” may also offer something in the way of symbolism.

Style of the name Teresa :

Classic

Gender of the name Teresa :

Teresa is a girl's name.

Pronunciation of the name Teresa :

ter-REE-sah or ter-RAY-sah.

Number of syllables in the name Teresa :

Three

Emotion evoked from the name Teresa :

The baby name Teresa evokes images of someone who always wants to do the right thing and someone who enjoys helping others.

Alternative spellings for the name Teresa :

  • Theresa 
  • Terasia
  • Teresia
  • Tereza
  • Taresa

Nicknames for the name Teresa :

  • Terry
  • Terri
  • Tracy
  • Tess 
  • Traci

Popularity of the name Teresa :

According to the Social Security Administration, Teresa has been a top 1,000 baby name for girls in the United States since at least 1900. It was even a top 100 name between 1948 and 1981. It last ranked at number 823 in 2021.

Related names for the name Teresa :

Great middle names for Teresa and their meanings:

Famous people with the name Teresa :

Teresa in popular culture:

  • Teresa Bond (character in the movie “On Her Majesty's Secret Service”)
  • Teresa Bryant (character on the TV show “Coronation Street”)
  • Teresa Cammeniti (character on the soap opera “Neighbours”)
  • Teresa Lisbon (character on the TV show “The Mentalist”)
  • Teresa Mendoza (character on the TV show “Queen of the South”)