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Teresa (F)>

Teresa (female)

Variants:Theresa (F) Thérèse (F) Theresia (F) Tracy (F) Treasa (F)
Diminutive(s):Tere (F)
Pet Name(s):Tere (F) Teresita (F) Terri (F) Tess (F) Tessa (F) Tessie (F) Tessy (F) Tete (F) Thessa (F)
Derivative(s):Maite (F) Treeza (F)
Source(s): The Oxford Names Companion, OUP
"Scottish Forenames" - Donald Whyte, FGH, FSG

English, Italian and Spanish form of Theresa.  The origin is obscure, possibly from Greek "harvest".  Theresa [q.v. for other variants] is the more usual English spelling although Catholic families generally prefer qvTeresa:f].

Tere is a Spanish short form; Teresita and Tete are Spanish pet names.

In the 1841 Census of Aberdeenshire a very rare occurrence of the spelling Taresa has been recorded.