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Vanessa name meaning

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in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Vanessa mean? Keep reading to find the user submitted meanings, dictionary definitions, and more.

Origin and Meaning of Vanessa

User Submitted Origins

English
44%
Greek
30%
Spanish
13%
African
5%
African American
4%
French
2%
Italian
2%

User Submitted Meanings

  1. According to a user from Nevada, U.S., the name Vanessa means "Beginning of new life/butterfly".
  2. A submission from Colorado, U.S. says the name Vanessa means "Butterfly or fathers pride".
  3. 2 people from the United States and Nigeria agree the name Vanessa is of Greek / African American origin and means "Beautiful butterfly".
  4. 18 submissions from all over the world agree the name Vanessa means "Butterfly" and is of Greek / English origin.
  5. A user from Washington, U.S. says the name Vanessa means "Butterfly in Greek".
  6. According to a user from Singapore, the name Vanessa is of Greek origin and means "Butterfly in Greek, origins from Phanessa, the Greek goddess".
  7. A submission from Canada says the name Vanessa means "'As a butterfly" and is of Greek origin.
  8. According to a user from North Carolina, U.S., the name Vanessa is of Greek origin and means "The Monarch Butterfly".
  9. A submission from Switzerland says the name Vanessa means "A love Poem, butterfly" and is of English origin.
  10. According to a user from Illinois, U.S., the name Vanessa is of African American origin and means "Rejuvenation and New Life".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Van*es"sa
Any one of numerous species of handsomely colored butterflies belonging to Vanessa and allied genera. Many of these species have the edges of the wings irregularly scalloped.

Etymology: Probably from Swift's poem of Cadenus and Vanessa. See Vanessa, in the Dictionary of Noted Names in Fiction

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Painted beauty and red admiral
Wiktionary

Coined by Jonathan Swift for a lady friend named Esther ("Essy") Vanhomrigh.

  1. A female given name originating as a coinage.

Vanessa was also found in the following language(s): Translingual, Danish, French, German, Italian, and Portuguese

Notable Persons Named Vanessa

Notable Persons Named Vanessa

Vanessa Hudgens

She has been prominent since 2002. Vanessa was given the name Vanessa Anne Hudgens on December 14th, 1988 in Salinas, California, United States.

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Vanessa Paradis

Vanessa Paradis is a singer-songwriter, musician, actress, and model. She holds the title Vanessa Paradis – Joe Le Taxi excerpt. Her ongoing career started in 1981. Vanessa was given the name Vanessa Chantal Paradis on December 22nd, 1972 in Saint-Maur-des-Fossés.

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Vanessa Redgrave

Vanessa Redgrave is an actress. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1958 to present. Vanessa was born as the child of Michael Redgrave and Rachel Kempson on January 30th, 1937 in Greenwich, London, England.

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Vanessa Kirby

Vanessa Kirby is an actress. She has been prominent since 2009. Vanessa was born in Wimbledon, London, England, UK.

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Vanessa Carlton

Vanessa Carlton is a singer and songwriter. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1998 to present. Vanessa was given the name Vanessa Lee Carlton on August 16th, 1980 in Milford, Pennsylvania, U.S.

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Vanessa Lynn Williams

Vanessa Lynn Williams is an actress and singer. They hold the title Miss New York 1983, Miss Syracuse 1983, Miss America 1984, and Miss New York1983. They were most active from 1982 to present. Vanessa was born Vanessa Lynn Williams on March 18th, 1963 in Bronx, New York City, New York, U.S. Vanessa is also known as Williams and Vanessa Lynn.

Popularity:
  • Vanessa Marano
    Actress
  • Vanessa Ray
    Actress
  • Vanessa Lachey
    Beauty Queen
  • Vanessa del Rio
  • Vanessa Angel
    Actress
  • Vanessa Marshall
    Voice Actress
  • Vanessa Bell Calloway
    Actress
  • Vanessa Rousso
    Poker Player
  • Vanessa A. Williams
    Actress
  • Vanessa James
  • Vanessa Bell
    Painter
  • Vanessa Selbst
  • V V Brown
    Musician
  • Vanessa Kerry
    Chief Executive Officer at Seed Global Health

Fun Facts about the name Vanessa

  • What name lists does Vanessa rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Vanessa? Vanessa is the 298th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Vanessa have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 256,147 babies born with the first name Vanessa in the United States. That's more than enough people named Vanessa to occupy the country of Vanuatu with an estimated population of 252,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Vanessa? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1900 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Vanessa first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Vanessa is Saturday, March 31st, 1883.
  • What year had the most people named Vanessa born? The highest recorded use of the first name Vanessa was in 1985 with a total of 7,566 babies. That's a lot of babies named Vanessa!
  • Random Vanessa Factoid: According to the 1990 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Vanessa ranks 18th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Arizona. Imagine that, 222 babies in Arizona have the same name in 1990.
  • Weird things about the name Vanessa: The name spelled backwards is Assenav. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Esnvaas. How do you pronounce that?
  • Vanessa name meaning

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