The baby name Vannessa is simply an alternative spelling of the popular name Vanessa. It's the less common version of the name, but the extra “n” adds a bit of uniqueness. The name was super popular during the 1980s, and scientifically, it has a meaning that many people may find symbolic. Few people realize that it has its roots in a work of literature.

Meaning of the name Vannessa:

English: Species of butterfly

Origin of the name Vannessa:

Vannessa is an alternative spelling of Vanessa, which was a name created by writer Jonathan Swift in the poem named “Cadenus and Vanessa.”

Symbolism of the name Vannessa:

Because Vannessa is a name from a love poem, it may be a symbol of poetry, literature or love to some new parents. Others may see the name as a symbol of a butterfly since it is also known as the name of a species of butterflies.

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Gender of the name Vannessa:

Vannessa is a girl's name.

Pronunciation of the name Vannessa:


Number of syllables in the name Vannessa:


Emotion evoked from the name Vannessa:

The baby name Vannessa evokes images of someone who is fearless.

Alternative spellings for the name Vannessa:

Nicknames for the name Vannessa:

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

Popularity of the name Vannessa:

This spelling of Vannessa has never made the list of the top 1,000 baby names, according to the Social Security Administration.

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