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PronouncedPron.te-RE-sa SpanishPolish
te-RE-za ItalianGerman
TE-re-sah Finnish
tə-REE-sə English
tə-REE-zə English

Meaning & History

Cognate of THERESA. 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 beatified Albanian missionary Mother Teresa (1910-1997), who worked with the poor in Calcutta. She adopted the name in honour of the French saint Thérèse de 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, 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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