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What does Nessa mean?

Nessa Pronunciation of Nessa [nes-sa] as a girls' name is of Greek origin, and the meaning of the name Nessa is "pure, holy; lamb; butterfly". Nessa is a variant form of Agnes (Greek). Nessa is also a form of Nessie (Greek). Nessa is also used as a variant of Vanessa (Greek).

Associated with: greek, pure (virgin).


Nessa has 6 variants: Nesi, Nessah, Nessia, Nessy, Nessya and Neysa.

18 more relations via Agnes, Nessie, Vanessa: Agnessa, Anessa, Anissa, Inessa, Jenessa, Nesha, Nesta, Nestah, Neta, Netia, Nevesah, Nevsa, Senga, Venesa, Venessa, Venna, Vinessa and Vonessa.

Creative forms:
(female) Neosa, Nesma, ..

(male) Nesian, Nesse, ..

Middle name pairings:
Nessa Giovanna (N.G.), ..

How popular is Nessa?

Nessa is a rare first name for women but a very popular last name for all people (#52500 out of 150436, Top 35%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Which version is better?

with its source forms and related girl names. Vanessa (#185 in recent rankings), Agnes (#1272), Venessa, Neta, Jenessa, Anessa and Anissa are the popular varying forms of Nessa (outside Top 2000) ranked in the Top 2000. Other forms, like Vinessa, are uncommon. Usage of these relations of Nessa was common 35 years ago (median #1429) and has become significantly diminished since (#1636, 74% less usage). (2015 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Agnes, Anessa, Anissa, Jenessa, Neta in U.S.

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

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

Similar Names

Nessa is alike in pronunciation to Nasya, Nissa, Nysa and Nyssa. Other recommended names are Alessa, Assa, Chessa, Cressa, Dessa, Elssa, Helsa, Jemsa, Jessa, Jesusa, Kelsa, Leasa, Leesa, Leisa, Lissa, Lyssa, Mesa, Nasia, Nea, Neala, Neda, Nedda, Nedra, Neema, Neena, Neera, Neesha, Neila, Neima, Neina, Neiva, Neka, Nela, Nelda, Nelia, Nella, Nelsea, Nelsy, Nena, Nenna, Neola, Neoma, Nera, Nerissa, Neryssa, Nest, Netta, Neva, Nevya, Niesha, Nilsa, Nisha, Nitsa, Odessa, Orssa, Reesa, Tassa (see Tasha), Tersa, Tesa, Tessa, Tossa and Tressa. These names tend to be more commonly used than Nessa.

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