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pinWhat does Vanessa mean?

Vanessa /va-nes-sa/ as a girls' name is pronounced va-NESS-ah. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Vanessa is "butterfly".

The name of a genus of butterflies that includes the Red Admiral and the Painted Lady. Also possibly an early-18th-century literary name of English origin created by Jonathan Swift for "Gulliver's Travels" as a pseudonym for Esther Vanhomrigh, based on the first syllable of her surname, and possibly the Latin verb "esse", meaning "to be". Jenessa, Vanita and Vannaleigh are compound forms. See also Venetia. Actresses Vanessa Redgrave, Vanessa Williams; celebrity Vanna White.


Vanessa has 50 variants: Jenessa, Nessa, Nessie, Nessy, Van, Vanassa, Vaneeta, Vanesa, Vanesha, Vaneshia, Vanesia, Vanesse, Vanessia, Vanetta, Vaneza, Vania, Vaniece, Vaniessa, Vanija, Vanisa, Vanissa, Vanita, Vanna, Vannaleigh, Vannesa, Vannessa, Vannetta, Vanneza, Vannie, Vanya, Varnessa, Venesa, Venesha, Venessa, Venesse, Venessea, Venetta, Veniesa, Venisha, Venishia, Venna, Vennesa, Vennessa, Vennisa, Vinesha, Vinessa, Vinisha, Vonessa, Vonesse and Vonnessa.

Related girl names: Janessa and Nissa.

Vanessa has 9 more relations via Jenessa, Vanna, Venetia: Gianessa, Janessa, Jinessa, Vana, Vanecia, Vanetia, Venecia, Venezia and Vinetia.

Kreatif forms: Vanesta, Vanesva. [more]

pinHow popular is Vanessa?

Vanessa is a very prominent first name for women (#195 out of 4276, Top 5%) but an uncommon surname for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Shown below is the birth name statistics of Vanessa for girls. Vanessa entered the list in 1950-1959 and reached its highest rank of #46 in the U.S. during 1980-1989, and is at #171 presently. (Top 1000 Names, 2014)

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

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

Prominent variation forms of Vanessa (#171 the previous year) are Janessa (#761 the previous year), Vanesa, Vannie and Venessa. Other variants, like Vanecia, are seldom used. These forms of Vanessa were at the top of their popularity in the year 2002 (adoption of 0.287%) and are almost as popular today (adoption 0.214%, 25% less). Vanessa has generally been the top pick of parents, although Janessa appears to be gaining favor too.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Vanessa, Janessa, Vanesa, Vannie, Venessa in U.S.

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

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Vanessa is alike in pronunciation to Venusa. Other recommended similar baby names are Agnessa, Anessa, Arnessa, Caressa, Danessa, Genessa, Inessa, Jalessa, Janeesa, Janess, Janesse, Janessia, Janissa, Jannessa, Jonessa, Kanesha, Karessa, Katessa, Lanesha, Lanessa, Lynessa, Maressa, Ranessa, Shanessa, Tanesha and Valeska. These names tend to be less commonly used than Vanessa.