Usage Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Catalan, Polish, Finnish, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, English
Meaning & History
Form of THERESA used in several languages. Saint Teresa of Ávila was a 16th-century Spanish nun who reformed the Carmelite monasteries and wrote several spiritual books. It was also borne by the Albanian missionary Saint Teresa of Calcutta (1910-1997), better known as Mother Teresa, who worked with the poor in India. She adopted the name in honour of the French saint Thérèse of Lisieux, who is the patron of missionaries.
VariantsTereza(Portuguese (Brazilian)) Theresa, Therese, Theresia(German) Teresia, Theresa, Therese, Theresia, Terese(Swedish) Theresa, Therese, Terese(Norwegian) Theresa, Therese, Terese(Danish) Theresa, Therese(English)
DiminutivesTere, Teresita(Spanish) Teresinha(Portuguese) Terezinha(Portuguese (Brazilian)) Tessan(Swedish) Teri, Terri, Terrie, Terry, Tess, Tessa, Tessie, Tracy(English)
Other Languages & CulturesTerese(Basque) Tereza(Bulgarian) Terezija, Tena(Croatian) Tereza, Terezie(Czech) Theresia, Tess, Tessa, Thera, Trees(Dutch) Thérèse(French) Terézia, Teca, Teréz(Hungarian) Toiréasa, Treasa(Irish) Therasia(Late Roman) Trees(Limburgish) Tereza(Romanian) Terézia(Slovak) Terezija(Slovene)
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