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Subject: Are you quite certain you checked?
Author: Nanaea   (Authenticated as Nanaea)
Date: March 6, 2002 at 7:52:05 PM
Reply to: Re: Check the website... n/t by Crystique Azel
The database on this site gives the following info:

VANESSA f English
Invented by author Jonathan Swift. He arrived at it by rearranging the initial syllables of the first name and surname of Esther Vanhomrigh, his close friend. Vanessa was later used as the name of a genus of butterfly.

If you don't think that's detail about the origin of the name, then I don't know what you have in mind.

Regarding n/t, you would find this in this site's FAQ section:

http://www.behindthename.com/faq.html#abbreviation

-- Nanaea

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