Origin, Meaning, History And Popularity Of Teresa
Teresa is a feminine name derived from the Greek word Theros, which means harvest, reaping, or summer. The name was a popular choice among parents and has been in use for centuries.
The moniker owes its popularity to influential religious figures in history. Therasia of Nola, a Christian aristocrat from Spain, is one of the earliest female correspondents of St Augustine, who lived in the 4th century. Teresa of Ávila, known as Saint Teresa, was a renowned Carmelite nun and a reformer from Spain. She is famous for her mystical experiences regarding the ascent of the soul toward God. Mother Teresa was an Albanian-Indian Catholic nun, founder of the Missionaries of Charity, known for her selfless charity works.
Theresia and Therese are the two popular variants of the name. The diminutives of the name include Tracey, Tracee, Tessie, Tess, Tessa, Terry, Terrie, Terri, Teri, Tracie, Traci, Tracy, and Tressa. Their counterparts in other languages and cultures include Tereza, Terezie, Thera, Teresinha, Terezinha, Teresita, and Thea.
In fiction, Teresa Tracy Bond was the wife of James Bond, played by Diana Rigg in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. Teresa Lisbon is a character from the TV series The Mentalist, played by Robin Tunney. She is a senior California Bureau of Investigation agent who later joins the FBI. Teresa Agnes is one of the main protagonists in the science-fiction movie series The Maze Runner. In the film, Kaya Scodelario plays her role as a female Glader.
In the Marvel Comics Universe, Teresa Parker is the long-lost sister of Spiderman and appears as a supporting character. Teresa Bryant is a fictional TV character from the British soap opera Coronation Street played by Karen Henthorn. Finally, Teresa Mendoza is the fictional protagonist of the TV series Queen of the South, played by Alice Braga. It was adapted from the novel La Reina del Sur by Arturo Pérez-Reverte.
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Famous People With The Name Teresa
- Teresa GravesAmerican actress and singer, one of the first African-Americans to star in drama television series
- Teresa StratasCanadian operatic soprano and winner of the Grammy Award
- Teresa TengTaiwanese singer, actress, musician, popularly known as Asia’s Eternal Queen of Pop
- Teresa Mary PalmerAustralian actress known for movies like I Am Number Four, Warm Bodies, Lights Out, and Hacksaw Ridge
- Teresa BrewerAmerican singer regarded as one of the most prolific and popular female singers of the 1950s
Teresa On The Popularity Chart
Teresa has been a popular name in the 1980s, which has declined of late. Study the charts below to learn its performance over the years.
Popularity Over Time
From 3149 babies per million in 1980, the name’s popularity took a hit, with only 335 babies per million being named Teresa in 2021. Learn more from the graph below.Source: Social Security Administration
Rank Over Time
From an all-time high ranking of 94, Teresa slid to the rank of 823 in 2021. Understand the ranking trends of the name from the graph below.Source: Social Security Administration
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