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The feminine form of the Greek name Teiresias (Teereseeas in Greek), a famous oracle of Greek mythology.
-- Damis  3/1/2005
I'm adopted, and Theresa is what my birth mother would have named me. Though I've never met her (at least not yet), I've always had tremendous respect for her. That's why I plan on giving this name to my first daughter.
-- Phoenix Flower  10/1/2005
One of the most famous Asian singer's English name is Theresa.
-- pocho-mole  11/14/2005
Maria Theresa's last daughter, Maria Antonia, became the queen of France, where she changed her name to Marie Antionette.
-- echo_of_the_past  11/28/2005
A famous bearer of the name theresa is Marie Theresa who was the mother of Marie Antoinette.
-- emiliana94  8/4/2006
Listen to the German pronunciation of Theresa here:
http://www.nordicnames.de/Aussprache.html.
-- _satu_  9/3/2006
I think Theresa is a very pretty name. I prefer it spelled like this over Teresa.
-- Anonymous User  3/24/2007
This name, as well as most of its variants, is very charming. It brings to my mind a quiet, conscientious and pleasant girl.
-- seraphine_eternal  6/13/2007
If I am not mistaken, there's a Spanish version of this name, which is Tareja. I hope to give more info about it, but I also encourage anyone engaged in this work to do so as well.
-- modurno  8/6/2007
I'm from Spain and have never heard Teraja. Don't know for Latin America.
-- Anonymous User  9/21/2007
This is my name. When I was younger I wanted a modern name (I was named after a great aunt and thought it was old). Now that I am an adult I love my name. Especially since in this part of the country it's considered a unique spelling.
-- keleka  10/9/2007
The two most influential women in my life, my mother and my cousin are both named Theresa. I think it's a very motherly name, "Mother Theresa".
I also like the spelling Theresa over Teresa; it is a bit more visually appealing.
-- Juzou Shades  7/15/2008
My best friend's name, though she usually goes by Therese. She is Sri Lanken, and I remember her saying that it was a name by itself, but combined with the rest of her name it said "Princess of the Ocean" in Sri Laken, which I think is beautiful.
-- MoonAgeDaydreamer  10/20/2008
This name is not so popular anymore, which is nice. I think it's a good name, and I love the nickname Tessa! Tessa is so short but it has a nice sound to it.
-- Coffeebean  11/15/2008
This is my name, and usually I really like it. I think it sounds nice, the 's' softens and sweetens it. I have gotten the 'Mother Theresa' joke before, but only from one or two people, and never maliciously. In fact, I like being called that, it's quite an honor! =]
My nickname is T (or Tee). When I was younger it was TT (Tee-tee). I also get called T-Bird, mostly by my family. I really don't like the nickname Terry, I never ever let anyone call me that. I don't like Tessa for myself either, although I've known other people who used them and they were fine on them.
-- teebee  2/15/2009
My grandpa called my grandma "Tre" pronounced "trey". I thought this was cute. (: If my cousin has twins, she's going to name them Ileen and Theresa but call them "Lee" and "Tree." If not, this one's nickname is going to be "Reese". Love that!
-- smiilebiigerx3  3/2/2009
Let me start this comment off by saying that I come from a (loud) predominantly Italian family. Anyway, if you take all the women in my family and look at their names, ALL of them have at least one of these three things, as a first or middle name:

1. Rose
* This happens to be my middle name, and it's a family name that is passed down in each generation--and I don't mind, I like it.
2. Mary/Marie
* These names alone cover about two-thirds of the women in my family, for first and middle names. Not joking. Even if it's not in their birth name, it usually winds up in their confirmation name.
3. Theresa
* I include my mother--Terri Lynne--in this group, since Terri is a derivative of Teresa/Theresa.

Anyway, I originally didn't like Rose as a kid, because I thought the name sounded harsh and old: "Ugh, you had to give me a *family* name!" That sort of thing. And Marie/Mary were always way too common for my tastes (especially Marie, in my experience that's the most common middle name on the planet). I once asked my grandma (the one I mentioned above) when I was younger why Marie/Mary were so common in our family, and she told me, "Because they go so easily with other things." Eh.

But Theresa. That's my Nani's name, the mom of the aforementioned grandma. And contrary to the other names above, which had to grow on me (well, except for Marie, I still think that's too common), I've *always* loved Theresa. I think it's a gorgeous, strong yet feminine name, and one I wouldn't mind passing down to my daughter. In fact, I've been thinking about Theresa Lynne, combining both my Nani's and Mom's names.
-- erb816  12/6/2009
I prefer Theresa more than Teresa. I don't like simple and common names but I just like the sound of this.
-- Milena Scialfa  12/31/2009
Theresa Knorr was convicted of torturing and killing her children Suesan and Sheila.
-- bathos  7/3/2010
This is my name. Some days I like it and other days I don't. I've never met anyone else my age with this name so I think it sounds a little bit old fashioned to me. A lot of people call me Resa or Resie.
-- Trexa  10/17/2010
Another English pronunciation is tə-REE-zə, which, I believe is usual in England (at least). [noted -ed]
-- Kosta  10/18/2010
A famous bearer is Mother Theresa.
-- nina77  3/21/2011
Well, I am not a huge fan of the name Theresa, it's my name but I like a lot of the nicknames for it. I am never called Theresa, I am always Rhysse (just another spelling for Rhys). I am also called Tess sometimes, but it's mostly Rhysse and I like it. In my opinion I think that it's an okay name but should have a nickname because Theresa is to long, and it's annoying in school. Rhysse, Tess, or even Tessa is much easier.
-- Anonymous User  11/5/2011
Maria Theresa (1684-1696) was the daughter of Holy Roman Emperor Leopold I and his third wife Eleonore.
-- CarolinW  7/15/2012
Name of the Day: March 21, 2013.
-- dwayne1996  3/21/2013
In addition to the possible etymologies already mentioned in the entry for Theresa, there is also an other possible etymology that is frequently proposed for Theresa.

Namely, that Theresa is derived from Greek θήρευσις (thēreusis) meaning "hunting, the chase", which is ultimately derived from the Greek verb θηρεύω (thēreuō) meaning "to hunt". Also compare the related verb θηράω (thēraō) meaning "to hunt, to chase".

By the way, I have also seen one source claim that Theresa is derived from (or related to) the Greek verb τηρέω (tēreō) meaning "to watch over, to take care of, to guard", but that possibility seems less likely. After all, that verb doesn't contain the 'th-' that Theresa starts with.
-- Lucille  6/17/2013
Also pronounced "TREE-sah."
-- Anonymous User  7/13/2013
The name Theresa was given to 230 baby girls born in the US in 2012.
-- Oohvintage  7/16/2013

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