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Vanessa is now one of the most popular names for girls, but it did not exist until the year 1713. If it was not for a writer by the name of Jonathan Swift in England, this name would have never existed. It has since, however, become popular with celebrities such as Vanessa Hudgens using the name.

Meaning of the name Vanessa:

English: created name

Origin of the name Vanessa:

Vanessa was a name created by writer Jonathan Swift in the year 1713. He loved a woman named Esther Vanhomrigh and decided to combine the first syllables of her first and surname to come up with Vanessa. The name was used in his poem called “Cadenus and Vanessa,” rapidly popularizing the name among, especially during the 1980s.

Baby name Vanessa

Symbolism of the name Vanessa:

Vanessa is a created name as it literally comes from the combination of the name Esther and the prefix Van. It was never a name until Jonathan Swift decided to create it.

Style of the name Vanessa:

Traditional

Gender of the name Vanessa:

The baby name Vanessa is now solely used by females.

Pronunciation of the name Vanessa:

vuh-NEHS-uh

Number of syllables in the name Vanessa:

Three

Emotion evoked from the name Vanessa:

Vanessa feels like a very dignified and refined name. Though centuries old, it has a touch of modernity too.

Alternative spellings for the name Vanessa:

  • Vannessa 
  • Vannesa
  • Vanessah
  • Vanessza
  • Vannesah

Nicknames for the name Vanessa:

  • Ness
  • Vany
  • Van 
  • Nessie
  • Nessa
  • Vanny
  • Nester

Popularity of the name Vanessa:

The baby name Vanessa reached its prime in 1977 when it was put on the top 100 list. It even got down to the top 50 list from the years 1982 to 1989. As of the year 2020, the name Vanessa is just above the top 200 list at rank 208 overall.

Related names for the name Vanessa:

Great middle names for Vanessa and their meanings:

  • Jacqueline (he who supplants)
  • Arwen (muse)
  • Jane (God is gracious)
  • Emmeline (hardworking, industrious)
  • Winifred (holy, blessed, joy, peace)
  • Miranda (to be wondered at)

Famous people with the name Vanessa:

  • Vanessa Hudgens (actress, “High School Musical”)
  • Vanessa Redgrave (actress, “Letters to Juliet”)
  • Vanessa Kirby (actress, “Pieces of a Woman”)
  • Vanessa Carlton (singer, “A Thousand Miles”)
  • Vanessa Zahorian professional ballerina)
  • Vanessa Williams (actress, “Ugly Betty”)

Vanessas in popular culture:

  • Vanessa Abrams (character in “Gossip Girl”)
  • Vanessa Huxtable (character on “The Cosby Show”)
  • Vanessa Turnbill (character in “Cut”)
  • Vanessa (character in “Big Daddy”)
  • Vanessa Loring (character in “Juno”)
  • Vanessa Ives (main character in “Penny Dreadful”)