If you think Teresa sounds old-fashioned, you’d be right. This now-vintage name was über-popular in the 1950s and 60s, but has since fallen out of vogue. The most famous Teresa of all, Mother Teresa, founded an order of nuns called the Missionaries of Charity who vow to give “Wholehearted and Free service to the poorest of the poor.” Now if that’s not a worthy role model, we don’t know who is.


  • italian: Variation of Theresa; harvester
  • spanish: Variation of Theresa; harvester

Alternative Spellings

Syllables: 3

International Variations

Famous Namesakes:

Mother Teresa, Saint Teresa of Avila, WNBA player Teresa Edwards, Actress Teresa Wright

Celebrity Babies:

Daughter of Jerry Garcia, Daughter of Larry Flynt