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Vanessa Meaning


What does Vanessa mean?

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".

Vanessa is generally used as a girl's name.

It consists of 7 letters and 3 syllables and is pronounced Va-ne-ssa.

The Given Name Vanessa

Vanessa appeals to parents who seek a name with genuine depth.

Simple yet classic, the name is a great blend of character and flair.

Solidly popular, this one is a keeper.

Vanessa falls into the insect name category.

Some famous bearers of this name include: Vanessa Hudgens, and Vanessa L. Williams.

Vanessa Popularity

In the U.S. in 2018, it ranked 230 in baby name popularity for girls with 1,369 occurrences. Less than 5 boys were given the name.

In contrast, the year before it ranked 204 in baby name popularity for girls with 1,514 occurrences. Less than 5 boys were given the name.

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.

Vanessa Related Names

The names Nessie, Vanesa are all forms of Vanessa.

Famous Vanessas

  • Vanessa Hudgens ~ Actress
  • Vanessa L. Williams ~ Actress, Musician

Vanessa Numerology

Want to know how your name choice may effect your child?

Then take a look at the Numerological Report For Vanessa.

It may give you some insight about your new baby.

Children named Vanessa are often agreeable and nautical but most of all they are read more >>

Vanessa 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.