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What does Nessa mean?

Nessa Pronunciation of Nessa 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)


VARIANTS Neysa, Nessya, Nessy, Nessia, Nessah, Nesi

RELATIONS VIA AGNES, NESSIE, VANESSA Agnessa, Anessa, Anissa, Inessa, Jenessa, Nesha, Nesta, Nestah, Neta, Netia, Nevesah, Nevsa, Senga, Venesa, Venessa, Venna, Vinessa, Vonessa

(female) Neosa, ..

(male) Nesse, ..

Nessa Meilani (N.M.), ..

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?

Vanessa (#230 IN RECENT RANKINGS), Agnes (#1204), Anissa (#1825), Anessa, Jenessa, Neta and Venessa 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 128 years ago (MEDIAN #1525) and has become significantly diminished since (#1608, 85% LESS USAGE). (2018 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 sound-alike 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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