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Vanessa Meaning


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Origin & Meaning

The name Vanessa is of Greek origin.

The meaning of Vanessa is "a genus of butterflies".  

It is also of English origin, where its meaning is "literary invention".


In the U.S. in 2014, it ranked 171  in baby name popularity for girls with 1913 occurrences.  It ranked 13843 in popular baby names for boys with 5 occurrences. 

View the Vanessa Name Popularity Page to see how the popularity trend for Vanessa has changed since 1880, or to compare the popularity of Vanessa to other names.


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Related Names

The names Nessie, Vanesa are all forms of Vanessa.

Other Tidbits

Vanessa falls into the insect name category.

Name Fun

Would you like to fingerspell the name Vanessa in American Sign Language?

Then just follow the diagram below.

Be creative with the name Vanessa.

Just for fun, see the name Vanessa in Hieroglyphics, learn about ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics and write a Hieroglyphic message.

Learn about nautical flags and see your name or message written in nautical flags, on the Vanessa in Nautical Flags page.

Names Like This

English names generally consist of a given name, middle name and family name. Many English speaking countries have fairly flexible naming laws. This allows the multicultural families that live in these countries to merge the naming conventions of their faiths or previous nationalities with their current homeland.

Biblical names are still very prevelant. Nature, literature, mythology, celebrity, surnames, variants of traditional names and newly invented names are all sources of English given names.

The evolution of English names in the U.K. can be traced to the various conquests and ruling power changes of its early history. The evolution of English names in America has been more influenced by the various influxes of immigrants from different parts of the world during different times in its history.