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Subject: Vanessa doesn't mean "butterfly" (m)
Author: Miranda   (Authenticated as Randee15)
Date: May 5, 2004 at 7:45:44 PM
Reply to: Re: Isn't this a name? by Jessica Randall
Usage: English
Pronounced: va-NES-a
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.

Emphasis mine.


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