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What does Vanissa mean?

Vanissa /va-nis-sa/ as a girls' name is of Greek derivation, and the name Vanissa means "butterfly". Vanissa is an alternate spelling of Vanessa (Greek) with the suffix -issa.


Vanissa has 19 variants: Vanassa, Vanesa, Vanessia, Vaneza, Vaniessa, Vanisa, Vannesa, Vannessa, Vanneza, Venesa, Venessa, Venessea, Veniesa, Vennesa, Vennessa, Vennisa, Vinessa, Vonessa and Vonnessa.

Vanissa has 21 more related forms via Vanessa: Jenessa, Vaneeta, Vanesha, Vaneshia, Vanesia, Vanesse, Vanetta, Vania, Vaniece, Vanija, Vanita, Vanna, Vanya, Varnessa, Venesha, Venesse, Venisha, Venishia, Vinesha, Vinisha and Vonesse.

Kreatif forms:
(female) Vanisla, Vinissa, ..

(male) Vaniske, Vanisson, ..

How popular is Vanissa?

Vanissa is an uncommonly occurring first name for females. Vanissa is an equivalently uncommon last name too for all people. (2000 U.S. Demographics)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Below is a charted comparison of the statistics of the girl name Vanissa and related names. Popular related forms of Vanissa (outside Top 2000) are Vanessa (#171 the previous year), Vannessa, Venessa, Vanita, Vania, Vanesa and Jenessa. Usage of these forms of Vanissa reached its apex in the 1980s (usage of 0.5%) and is now much less (usage 0.1%, 73% less). (Top 2000 Names, 2014)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Jenessa, Vanesa, Vanessa, Vania, Vanita in U.S.

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

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

Similar Names


Vanissa is alike in pronunciation to Venizia, Venusa and Vonizia. Other suggested similar names are Anissa, Annissa, Calissa, Carissa, Danessa, Danisha, Darissa, Denissa, Jalissa, Janessa, Janisha, Janiss (see Janice), Janissa, Kalissa, Kanisha, Karissa, Lanessa, Lanisha, Larissa, Malissa, Marissa, Narissa, Parissa, Raissa, Ranessa, Ranisha, Sarissa, Tanisha, Vanecia, Vanina, Venicia, Venise and Vinica. These names tend to be more frequently used than Vanissa.