VANESSA
GENDER: Feminine
PRONOUNCED: və-NES-ə (English)   [key]
Meaning & History
Invented by author Jonathan Swift for his poem 'Cadenus and Vanessa' (1726). 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. It was a rare given name until the mid-20th century, at which point it became fairly popular.
Related Names
DIMINUTIVES: Ness, Nessa (English)
OTHER LANGUAGES: Vanesa (Czech), Vanesa (Slovak)
Popularity
United States  ranked #171 
England and Wales  ranked #284 
Canada (BC)  - 
Australia (NSW)  - 
Austria  ranked #52 
Croatia  ranked #88 
Czech Republic  ranked #69 
France  ranked #415 
Netherlands  - 
Poland  ranked #81 
Portugal  - 
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