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)