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Meaning and name origin

Janessa \j(a)-nessa, jan(es)-sa\ as a girl's name is pronounced ja-NESS-ah. It is of American origin. Blend of Jan or Jane and Vanessa. See also Ja-.


Janessa has 3 variant forms: Janesse, Janissa and Jannessa.

For more information, see also related girl names Janice and Jenessa.


Janessa is a somewhat popular first name for females (#2298 out of 4276, Top 54%) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Janessa for girls. Janessa reached its highest rank of #524 in the U.S. in 2004. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Janessa name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Janessa outside U.S.

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Janessa and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Vanessa (#171), Jane (#322), Janessa (#761), Jan and Janice. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Jan, Jane, Janessa, Janice, Vanessa in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Jane, Janessa, Janice, Vanessa outside U.S.

Similar Names

Janessa is also pronounced similarly to Genessa, Gianessa, Janeesa, Janessia, Jennessa, Jinessa and Jonessa. Other suggested similar baby names are Danessa, Jalessa, Jamesha, Janecia, Janeese, Janess, Janisha, Janiss, Lanessa and Ranessa. These names tend to be less commonly used than Janessa.