She’s a saintly classic, rich in nickname options but not often heard today.

Thanks to Rocking Fetal for suggesting Therese as Baby Name of the Day.

Teresa reached the US Top 20 in the early 1960s.

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  1. I like Therese, not enough to use. I like Teresa better and love Teresita. I really dislike Terry. Very doggish, dated and unisex. Tessa is cute.

  2. Thank you so much. 🙂 I’ve considered it for honoring a Teresa, which isn’t really my taste. Ingrid Therese was high on my list for a while and still floats around. I actually like the German pronunciation of te-RE-z? , but I doubt anyone would ever say it that way. I guess as a middle name it really wouldn’t matter, but I think it would still bother me.

  3. Oh, I love this. There was a book called “The Hero of Ticonderoga” or something like that which I read when I was nine or ten that had a character called Therese… pronounced ter-EZZ, I remember… and the name has left an impression on me after all these years. It’s just beautiful.

  4. It’s got nice associations (who can argue with Mother Teresa?), but I am not a fan. It has a 70s vibe to me.

  5. My mom’s name is Teresa, which I’m not incredibly fond of, but Therese is definitely an option for a future girl!

  6. For matric, one of my setwork books was Tar Baby by Toni Morrison. One of the characters was Therese, if I remember correctly .