Teresa f Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Catalan, Polish, Lithuanian, Finnish, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, English
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.
Terhi f Finnish
Short form of Terhenetär
, which was derived from Finnish terhen
. In the Finnish epic the Kalevala
Terhenetär is a sprite associated with mist and forests.
Terra f English
Variant of Tara 1
, perhaps influenced by the Latin word terra
meaning "land, earth".
Terry 1 m & f English
From an English surname that was derived from the medieval name Thierry
, a Norman French form of Theodoric
Terry 2 m & f English
Diminutive of Terence
. A famous bearer was Terry Fox (1958-1981), a young man with an artificial leg who attempted to run across Canada to raise money for cancer research. He died of the disease before crossing the country.
Tesni f Welsh
Means "warmth from the sun"
Tess f English, Dutch
Diminutive of Theresa
. This is the name of the main character in Thomas Hardy's novel Tess of the D'Ubervilles
Tethys f Greek Mythology
Derived from Greek τήθη (tethe)
. In Greek mythology this was the name of a Titan associated with the sea. She was the wife of Oceanus.
Teuta f Albanian
Possibly derived from an Illyrian word or title meaning "queen"
. This was the name of a 3rd-century BC Illyrian queen.
Thaïs f Ancient Greek
Possibly means "bandage"
in Greek. This was the name of a companion of Alexander the Great. It was also borne by a 4th-century saint from Alexandria, a wealthy socialite who became a Christian convert, though in her case the name may have had a distinct Coptic origin. She has been a popular subject of art and literature, including an 1891 novel by Anatole France and an 1894 opera by Jules Massenet.
Thankful f English (Archaic)
From the English word thankful
. This was one of the many virtue names used by the Puritans in the 17th century.
Theda f German
Short form of Theodora
. A famous bearer was actress Theda Bara (1885-1955), who was born Theodosia Goodman.
Theia f Greek Mythology
Possibly derived from Greek θεά (thea)
. In Greek myth this was the name of a Titan goddess of light, glittering and glory. She was the wife of Hyperion
and the mother of the sun god Helios
, the moon goddess Selene
, and the dawn goddess Eos
Thekla f German (Rare), Greek (Rare), Late Greek
From the ancient Greek name Θεόκλεια (Theokleia)
, which meant "glory of God"
from the Greek elements θεός (theos)
meaning "god" and κλέος (kleos)
meaning "glory". This was the name of a 1st-century saint, appearing (as Θέκλα
) in the apocryphal Acts of Paul and Thecla
. The story tells how Thecla listens to Paul speak about the virtues of chastity and decides to remain a virgin, angering both her mother and her suitor.
Thelma f English
Meaning unknown. It was a rare name when British author Marie Corelli used it for the Norwegian heroine of her novel Thelma
(1887). The name became popular around the end of the 19th century after the novel was published. It is sometimes claimed to derive from Greek θέλημα (thelema)
meaning "will", though this seems unlikely.
Themis f Greek Mythology
Means "law of nature, divine law, that which is laid down"
in Greek. In Greek mythology this was the name of a Titan who presided over custom and natural law. She was often depicted blindfolded and holding a pair of scales. By Zeus
she was the mother of many deities, including the three Μοῖραι
(Moirai) and the three Ὥραι
Theodora f English, Greek, Ancient Greek
Feminine form of Theodore
. This name was common in the Byzantine Empire, being borne by several empresses including the influential wife of Justinian in the 6th century.
Theresa f English, German
From the Spanish and Portuguese name Teresa
. It was first recorded as Therasia
, being borne by the Spanish wife of Saint Paulinus of Nola in the 4th century. The meaning is uncertain, but it could be derived from Greek θέρος (theros)
, from Greek θερίζω (therizo)
meaning "to harvest"
, or from the name of the Greek island of Therasia (the western island of Santorini).... [more]
Thérèse f French
French form of Theresa
. It was borne by the French nun Saint Thérèse of Lisieux (1873-1897), who is regarded as a Doctor of the Church.
Thị f Vietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese 氏 (thị)
meaning "clan, family, maiden name"
. This is a very common middle name for Vietnamese girls.
Thiri f Burmese
Means "radiance, splendour, beauty"
in Burmese, ultimately from Sanskrit श्री (shri)
Thisbe f Greek Mythology, Roman Mythology
From the name of an ancient Greek town in Boeotia, itself supposedly named after a nymph. In a Greek legend (the oldest surviving version appearing in Latin in Ovid's Metamorphoses
) this is the name of a young woman from Babylon. Believing her to be dead, her lover Pyramus kills himself, after which she does the same to herself. The splashes of blood from their suicides is the reason mulberry fruit are red.
Þóra f Ancient Scandinavian, Icelandic
Either a feminine form of Þórr
) or else a short form of the various Old Norse names beginning with the element Þór
. In Norse myth Thora was the wife of the Danish king Ragnar Lodbrok.
Thurayya f Arabic
Means "the Pleiades"
in Arabic. The Pleiades are a group of seven stars in the constellation Taurus.
Tia f English
Short form of names ending with tia
. It has been suggested that its use since the 1950s is the result of the brand name for the coffee liqueur Tia Maria. In the brand name, Tia
is not a given name; rather, it means "aunt" in Spanish or Portuguese.
Tiamat f Semitic Mythology
From Akkadian tâmtu
. In Babylonian myth Tiamat was the personification of the sea, appearing in the form of a huge dragon. By Apsu she gave birth to the first of the gods. Later, the god Marduk
(her great-grandson) defeated her, cut her in half, and used the pieces of her body to make the earth and the sky.
Tiare f Tahitian
in Tahitian, also specifically referring to the species Gardenia taitensis.
Tiên f Vietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese 仙 (tiên)
meaning "immortal, transcendent, celestial being, fairy"
Tiffany f English
Medieval form of Theophania
. This name was traditionally given to girls born on the Epiphany (January 6), the festival commemorating the visit of the Magi to the infant Jesus
. The name died out after the Middle Ages, but it was revived by the movie Breakfast at Tiffany's
(1961), the title of which refers to the Tiffany's jewelry store in New York.
Tiiu f Estonian
Estonian variant of Tiia
, possibly in part from an archaic dialectal form of the word tihane "titmouse"
Tímea f Hungarian
Created by the Hungarian author Mór Jókai for a character in his novel The Golden Man
(1873). The name is apparently based on the Greek word εὐθυμία (euthymia)
meaning "good spirits, cheerfulness"
Tina f English, Italian, Dutch, Slovene, Croatian, Macedonian, Georgian
Short form of Christina
and other names ending in tina
. In addition to these names, it is also used in Dutch as a diminutive of Catharina
, in Croatian as a diminutive of Katarina
, and in Georgian as a short form of Tinatin
Tinatin f Georgian, Literature
Possibly related to Georgian სინათლე (sinatle)
. The name was devised by the Georgian poet Shota Rustaveli for his 12th-century epic poem The Knight in the Panther's Skin
, in which Tinatin is the ruler of Arabia and the lover of Avtandil
Tinuviel f Literature
in the fictional language Sindarin. In the Silmarillion
(1977) by J. R. R. Tolkien, Tinuviel was the daughter of Thingol the elf king and the beloved of Beren, who with her help retrieved one of the Silmarils from the iron crown of Morgoth.
Tiril f Norwegian
Possibly inspired by the Norwegian poem Lokkende Toner
(1859) by Johan Sebastian Welhaven, which features the folk heroine Tirilil Tove.
Tirta m & f Indonesian
Means "sacred water, place of pilgrimage"
in Indonesian, ultimately from Sanskrit तीर्थ (tirtha)
Tirzah f Biblical
From the Hebrew name תִּרְצָה (Tirtzah)
. Tirzah is the name of one of the daughters of Zelophehad
in the Old Testament. It also occurs in the Old Testament as a place name, the early residence of the kings of the northern kingdom.
Tisiphone f Greek Mythology
Means "avenging murder"
in Greek, derived from τίσις (tisis)
meaning "vengeance" and φονή (phone)
meaning "murder". This was the name of one of the Furies or Ἐρινύες (Erinyes)
in Greek mythology. She killed Cithaeron with the bite of one of the snakes on her head.
Titania f Literature
Perhaps based on Latin Titanius
meaning "of the Titans"
. This name was (first?) used by Shakespeare in his comedy A Midsummer Night's Dream
(1595) where it is the name of the queen of the fairies. This is also a moon of Uranus, named after the Shakespearean character.
Titty f English
Diminutive of Letitia
. This is now a slang word for the female breast, and the name has subsequently dropped out of common use.
Tivoli m & f Various
From the name of a picturesque Italian town, used as a summer resort by the ancient Romans.
Tiwlip f Welsh
in Welsh. This is a modern Welsh name.
Toby m & f English
Medieval form of Tobias
. It was sometimes used as a feminine name in the 1930s and 40s due to the influence of American actress Toby Wing (1915-2001).
Tom 2 m & f Hebrew
Means "the end, innocence, simplicity"
from Hebrew תּוֹם (tom)
. It can also be an alternate transcription of תָּם
(see Tam 2
Tomiko f Japanese
From Japanese 富 (tomi)
meaning "wealth, abundance" and 子 (ko)
meaning "child". Other combinations of kanji can also form this name.
Tomoko f Japanese
From Japanese 智 (tomo)
meaning "wisdom, intellect" or 朋 (tomo)
meaning "friend" combined with 子 (ko)
meaning "child". This name can be formed of other kanji characters as well.
Tomomi f & m Japanese
From Japanese 智 (tomo)
meaning "wisdom, intellect" or 朋 (tomo)
meaning "friend" combined with 美 (mi)
meaning "beautiful" or 実 (mi)
meaning "fruit, good result, truth". Other kanji combinations can also form this name.
Tondra f Esperanto
, from Esperanto tondro
Topaz f English (Rare)
From the English word for the yellow precious stone, the birthstone of November, ultimately derived from Greek τόπαζος (topazos)
Topsy f English (Rare)
From a nickname that is of unknown meaning, perhaps deriving from the English word top
. This is the name of a young slave in Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel Uncle Tom's Cabin
Torhild f Norwegian
From the Old Norse name Þórhildr
, which meant "Thor's battle"
from the name of the Norse god Þórr
) combined with hildr
Torny f Norwegian (Rare)
From the Old Norse name Þórný
, which was derived from the name of the Norse god Þórr
) combined with nýr
Torunn f Norwegian
Norwegian form of the Old Norse name Þórunn
, from the name of the Norse god Þórr
) combined with unnr
"to wave, to billow" or unna
Toshiko f Japanese
From Japanese 敏 (toshi)
meaning "quick, clever, sharp" and 子 (ko)
meaning "child". Other kanji characters can also form this name.
Tracy f & m English
From an English surname that was taken from a Norman French place name meaning "domain belonging to Thracius"
. Charles Dickens used it for a male character in his novel The Pickwick Papers
(1837). It was later popularized as a feminine name by the main character Tracy Lord in the movie The Philadelphia Story
(1940). This name is also sometimes used as a diminutive of Theresa
Treasa f Irish
Possibly means "strength"
in Irish. It is also sometimes used as an Irish form of Theresa
Tri m & f Indonesian
Means "three, third"
in Indonesian, ultimately from Sanskrit त्रि (tri)
Trinidad f & m Spanish
in Spanish, referring to the Holy Trinity. An island in the West Indies bears this name.
Trinity f English
From the English word Trinity
, given in honour of the Christian belief that God has one essence, but three distinct expressions of being: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. It has only been in use as a given name since the 20th century.
Tryphena f Biblical
From the Greek name Τρύφαινα (Tryphaina)
, derived from Greek τρυφή (tryphe)
meaning "softness, delicacy"
. This name is mentioned briefly in the New Testament.
Tsisana f Georgian
Probably derived from Georgian ცის (tsis)
meaning "of the sky"
, the genitive case of ცა (tsa)
meaning "sky, heaven". This is also an alternative Georgian word for the forget-me-not flower.
Tsisia f Georgian
Derived from Georgian ცის (tsis)
meaning "of the sky"
, the genitive case of ცა (tsa)
meaning "sky, heaven".
Tsiuri f Georgian
Means "heavenly, celestial"
in Georgian, a derivative of ცა (tsa)
meaning "sky, heaven".
Tsubaki f Japanese
From Japanese 椿 (tsubaki)
meaning "camellia flower", as well as other combinations of kanji that are pronounced the same way.
Tsubasa m & f Japanese
From Japanese 翼 (tsubasa)
meaning "wing", as well as other kanji or kanji combinations with the same pronunciation.
Tsukiko f Japanese
From Japanese 月 (tsuki)
meaning "moon" and 子 (ko)
meaning "child". Other combinations of kanji are possible.
Tu m & f Chinese
From Chinese 图 (tú)
meaning "chart, map" or other characters with similar pronunciations.
Tú m & f Vietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese 秀 (tú)
meaning "luxuriant, beautiful, elegant, outstanding"
Tuba f Arabic, Turkish
From the name of a type of tree that is believed to grow in heaven in Islamic tradition. It means "blessedness" in Arabic.
Tuğçe f Turkish
Derived from Turkish tuğ
meaning "tail, plume"
, referring to a type of banner made of horse hairs used in the Ottoman Empire.