Meaning and name origin
Vanissa \v(a)-nissa, van(is)-sa\ as a girl's name is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Vanissa is "butterfly". Vanissa is a variant of Vanessa (Greek): the name of a genus of butterflies that includes the Red Admiral and the Painted Lady.
Vanissa has 19 variant forms: Vanassa, Vanesa, Vanessia, Vaneza, Vaniessa, Vanisa, Vannesa, Vannessa, Vanneza, Venesa, Venessa, Venessea, Veniesa, Vennesa, Vennessa, Vennisa, Vinessa, Vonessa, Vonnessa.
Vanissa is not a popular first name for females and an equally uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Vanissa and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Vanessa (#171), Venessa and Vanesa. (2014 statistics).