Theresa \th(e)-re-sa\ as a girl's name is pronounced the-REE-sah, ter-REE-sah. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Theresa is "late summer". Possibly a Greek place name: the first bearers of this name might have been from the Greek island of Therasia. Name of two popular Catholic saints. Saint Teresa of Avila was an astringent, intellectual mystic. Saint Th?se of Lisieux, France (19th century), who died at age 24, wrote an account of her life published as "The Story of a Soul", which so affected its readers worldwide that she became the most popular saint of modern times. Actresses Theresa Russell, Teresa Wright, Teri Garr, Teri Hatcher; humanitarian Mother Teresa; basketball player Theresa Edwards.
Theresa has 46 variant forms: Resi, Rezi, Rezka, Taresa, Tera, Terasa, Teresa, Terese, Teresia, Teresina, Teresita, Teressa, Tereza, Terezinha, Terezsa, Teri, Terresa, Terresa, Terresia, Terri, Terrosina, Terry, Terrya, Tersa, Tersina, Tersita, Terza, Tess, Tessa, Tessey, Tessi, Tessie, Tessy, Therese, Theresina, Theresita, Theressa, Tracey, Tracie, Tracy, Treesa, Tresa, Tressa, Trescha, Treza and Zita.