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Subject: Re: What is the meaning of
Author: Cleveland Kent Evans   (Authenticated as clevelandkentevans)
Date: November 10, 2008 at 2:45:26 PM
Reply to: What is the meaning of by luvmonkeezz
Vanessa is a name that was created by the Anglo-Irish poet Jonathan Swift for the title character in his long poem Cadenus and Vanessa, published in 1713. He named the character after a friend of his, Esther Vanhomrigh. The first syllable is from the Van in Vanhomrigh, and the last part is from Esther.

If you want a "meaning" for Vanessa beyond that, you can read the poem and see what the character is like:

There is also a genus of butterflies called Vanessa, but they were named about a century after the poem by the entomologist Fabricius, probably after the character in Swift's poem. But I suppose women or girls named Vanessa could use a butterfly motif if they wanted to link their name to a particular symbol:

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