Gender: Feminine Usage: English, German, Scandinavian Pronounced:
te-RAY-sa (English), te-REE-sa (English), te-RE-zah (German) [key]
From the Spanish and Portuguese name Teresa. The meaning is uncertain, but it could be derived from Greek θερος (theros) "summer", from Greek θεριζω (therizo) "to harvest", or from the name of the Greek island of Thera (the main island of Santorini). A famous bearer was Maria Theresa, an Austrian Habsburg queen of the 18th century. She inherited the domains of her father, Charles VI, the Holy Roman Emperor, which began the War of the Austrian Succession.
FYI- I use the second pronounciation te-REE-sa. I find it funny that the first pronounciation listed is also listed as the English version and I have rarely heard it said that way and when it was, it was people that spoke Spanish as their primary language.