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What does Janessa mean?

Janessa Pronunciation of Janessa [janes-sa] as a girls' name is pronounced ja-NESS-ah. It is of American origin. Blend of Jan or Jane and Vanessa. See also Ja-.

Associated with: blend.


Janessa has 3 variants: Janesse, Janissa and Jannessa.

Related girl names: Janice and Jenessa.

78 more related forms via Ja-, Jan, Jane, Vanessa: Jakeisha, Jakisha, Jalea, Jaleesa, Jaleese, Jalena, Jalessa, Jalisa, Jalissa, Jameisha, Jameka, Jamesha, Jamiesha, Jamisha, Jana, Janean, Janeane, Janecia, Janeczka, Janee, Janeen, Janeesa, Janeese, Janel, Janela, Janelba, Janella, Janelle, Janene, Janerita, Janet, Janeta, Janeth, Janetta, Janette, Janey, Jania, Janica, Janika, Janina, Janis, Janise, Janisha, Janka, Janna, Janora, Jenella, Jenessa, Jess, Jonella, Nessa, Vanassa, Vaneeta, Vanesa, Vanesha, Vaneshia, Vanesia, Vanesse, Vanessia, Vanetta, Vaneza, Vaniessa, Vanisa, Vanissa, Vannesa, Vannessa, Varnessa, Venesa, Venesha, Venessa, Venesse, Venessea, Vennessa, Vinesha, Vinessa, Vonessa, Vonesse and Vonnessa.

Creative forms:
(female) Janesna, Junessa, ..

(male) Janesi, Janesme, ..

Middle name pairings:
Janessa Zia (J.Z.), ..

How popular is Janessa?

Janessa is a somewhat popular first name for women (#2298 out of 4276, Top 54%) but a rare last name for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Janessa entered the list in 1980-1989 and reached its apex position of #524 in the U.S. in 2004, and is at #721 currently. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Janessa name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Vanessa (#185 via latest list), Jane (#288), Janelle (#470), Jana (#1011), Janice (#1238), Janet (#1487), Janis, Janise, Janina, Jalisa, Jania, Janna, Jenessa, Vannessa, Venessa, Jalessa, Vanesa, Jess, Janey, Janette, Janeen, Janel, Janee, Janean, Jamesha, Jameka, Janene, Janetta, Janeth, Jaleesa, Jalissa and Jan are the popular variation forms of Janessa (#721 via latest list). Other forms, like Vinessa, are uncommon. These relations of Janessa were favored as baby names 65 years ago (median #1300) and are now significantly less common (#1739, 90% less usage). Jane has been the overall favorite, though Vanessa is now the most fashionable, while versions such as Janis are now somewhat dated.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Janessa, Jaleesa, Jalessa, Jalisa, Jalissa in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Jameka, Jamesha, Jan, Jana, Jane in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Janean, Janee, Janeen, Janel, Janelle in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Janene, Janet, Janeth, Janetta, Janette in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Janey, Jania, Janice, Janina, Janis in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Janise, Janna, Jenessa, Jess, Vanesa in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Vanessa, Vannessa, Venessa in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Janessa is alike in pronunciation to Genessa, Gianessa, Janessia, Jennessa, Jinessa, Jonessa and Jonisa. Other recommended names are Agnessa, Anessa, Arnessa, Caressa, Danessa, Inessa, Jaleisa, James, Jamese, Janais, Jancess, Janea, Janeece, Janess, Janeva, Janevra (see Geneva), Janicia, Janiss (see Janice), Jannis, Jemsa, Jeressa, Jessa, Juanisha, Kanesha, Karessa, Katessa, Lanesha, Lanessa, Lynessa, Maressa, Ranessa, Shanessa and Tanesha. These names tend to be less commonly used than Janessa.

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