Theresa (f) Theresa is the slightly more common
spelling of this name in Scotland, which in Greek possibly
meant ‘inhabitant of Thera’ (now Thira or Santorin).
is an island in the Aegean Sea which has known many
volcanic eruptions. One of them, in the fifteenth century
B.C., may have given rise to the Atlantis legend. As the
name of a popular saint, Teresa has long been favoured by Roman
name was in 45th place in Scotland in 1935, when Teresa and Theresa
were counted together. In 1958 Theresa was ranked 75th, Teresa
100th. Terese, Therese and Theresia are occasionally found. The
pet forms are Terry, Tessa and Tracy, all of which are used as
(f) Also Tracey. Originally a pet form of Teresa,
though Terry or Terrie is now more usual in that role.
The modern use of Tracy (less often Tracey) owes much to the film
High Society (1956) in which Grace Kelly played the part of Tracy
Samantha Lord. Samantha and Kelly as girls’ names also seem
to date from that time. Tracy has been a huge success in England
and Wales in recent years. It has been intensively used in Scotland
in the late 1970’S.
To Scottish Christian Names