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Though this name was a literary invention, it has won fame due to British actress Vanessa Redgrave (b. 1937). However, it knew great popularity in Spain through singer Manolo Escobar's adopted daughter, born in 1978.
alberto  12/4/2004
A famous bearer is the gothic singer Vanessa Paradis.
― Anonymous User  5/29/2005
In Hebrew Vanessa means star.
― Anonymous User  7/2/2005
Vanessa does not mean "star" in Hebrew. Where do you people get this stuff?
noae  4/1/2006
In response to whether or not it means star in Hebrew, it sort of does, in a way. Technically Vanessa has no real meaning. But because the "ess" part was taken from the name Esther, it can be attributed, though not very correctly, Esther's meaning, and one of the posible meanings (though according to this website it's Persian) is "star."
― Anonymous User  4/1/2007
My name is Vanessa, and I love it. It's a really beautiful name, and it suits me!
― Anonymous User  8/1/2005
A few famous people who have this name are: Vanessa Williams and Vanessa Redgrave.
― Anonymous User  8/1/2005
My name is Vanessa, and I used to like it when I was little, but now that I'm a teenager I think the name is too babyish and go by Van instead.
― Anonymous User  9/10/2005
Virginia Woolf had a sister named Vanessa. (1879-1961)
This is another favorite name of mine. I love that it was created by an author. I just love it!
Gwenllian  11/12/2005
I love the name Vanessa! I used to hate my name when I was younger. Now that I'm older I love it because you don't hear it every day. And it is not a childish name.
van_essa  11/26/2005
My name is Vanessa and I like it a lot. It is not too common and isn't mispronounced that often. I think that it is very pretty and it's not childish or to old-lady-like. :o)
nessa_06  11/26/2005
What about Vanessa Carlton?
nessa_06  11/26/2005
Vanessa was the name of one of the daughters on The Cosby Show.
― Anonymous User  12/13/2005
My old best friend's name and I never liked it and I still don't, I just don't think it sounds pretty.
― Anonymous User  12/30/2005
One of senator John Kerry's daughters is named Vanessa.
― Anonymous User  1/4/2006
One time in my baby book I read it means butterfly.
amber monkey  4/18/2006
Vanessa is a beautiful and sophisticated name. I love it. It is no wonder it has remained popular for so many years. At least not too popular thankfully.
― Anonymous User  4/25/2006
My name is Vanessa, I find it annoying that people feel the need to shorten it (Ness, Nessa, Nessie, V, Van) Be proud of the name Vanessa. A butterfly is a beautiful creature, let the name Vanessa be seen as being the same.
Antessa  7/23/2006
Listen to the German pronunciation of Vanessa here:
_satu_  9/3/2006
Vanessa appeared on the top 1000 list in the 1950's. Its most popular year was the 1980's where it ranked 47.
― Anonymous User  9/25/2006
I find that Vanessa is a popular name for anyone in the field of entertaining. Actresses, singers, musicians and transvestites (kid you not). It's sexy and sweet at the same time.
Butterfly86  10/26/2006
Vanessa Mae is a fantastic violinist.
Butterfly86  10/26/2006
My name is Vanessa, I just want to add, that here in Mexico we use "Vane" (vah-né) as the short name of Vanessa.
― Anonymous User  11/26/2006
My middle name is Vanessa. I used to like it better than my first name but not anymore, almost all my friends call me Vanessa but I prefer the nicknames that my friends have given me: Vani and Vane (van-eh).
― Anonymous User  12/5/2006
Vanessa Anne Hudgens is a beautiful singer and actor who is very sweet. She just released her first album and she played as Gabriela on High School Musical. She will be on the upcoming sequel also, and she is also participating in the High School Musical Tour. She's so amazing and talented!
Taydbug112  12/17/2006
Vanessa Anne Hudgens didn't play Gabriela in High School Musical, she played Gabriella.
― Anonymous User  1/14/2007
Although I normally place high value in the meaning of names, I really do love "Vanessa". I have not met too many, but all those whom I have are always beautiful, kind girls. The name has a elegant sound to it, and since now I know it has the association with butterflies, that just makes the name all the more greater.
Irish Pearl  1/19/2007
Vanessa is the name of one of the goddesses in Lynne Ewing's book series "Daughters of the Moon." She can turn invisible.
― Anonymous User  4/18/2007
Vanessa is the name I really, really hate. It makes me think of a vain, smug, nasty and arrogant little girl.
ToveTer  5/7/2007
A famous bearer is mtv host Vanessa Minnillo.
Jassie  5/8/2007
Pretty name! It is not too common anymore.
CharlieRob  5/9/2007
Am I really the only one associating this name with the villain of Disney's "The Little Mermaid"!?

Although a pretty name, I can't think of anything but Usrula the Seawitch in her human form. And Vanessa LOOKED way scarier than Usrula, I remember. Shame on such a nice-sounding name!
Tango  6/5/2007
Also a girls name in Slovenia, though Vanesa is much more popular.
earthnut  7/3/2007
Slovak model Andrea Verešová and Daniel Volopich have a daughter Vanessa Volopichová, born at 8 July 2007, Prague, Czechia. She weighed 3,5 kg and she sized 49 cm.
Janika  7/16/2007
One of the daughters of Bob Geldof is named Peaches Honeyblossom Michelle Charlotte Angel VANESSA Geldof. Nothing less.
― Anonymous User  8/5/2007
My name is Vanessa and believe me at first I hated it! I couldn't stand it to the point of changing by deed poll!

As I grew older though and learnt the meaning of the name I grew to like it and now I think it's quite pretty. It's not too old sounding, and it doesn't make me sound like a child. So I backed out of the idea of a deed poll.

Very hard to mispronounce although people do mispell it quite often. But oh well.

Considering my mum wanted to name me Tina I am quite overjoyed at my unusual name as I don't hear it often. Nessa for short is very irritating (especially when being shouted out by mother-in-law) but you get used to it and just answer out of habit.

So big thumbs up for Vanessa!
― Anonymous User  10/5/2007
I've never liked the name, but after hearing it from the star Vanessa Anne Hudgens, this hate lessened to the point where Vanessa is one of my favourite names! But now that the nude pictures of Vanessa Hudgens came out, I don't know if I would name one of my kids this name anymore.
JungKyungSoon  10/16/2007
This is my name and I love this name. My mom told me she chose this name because she had liked the name since she was a teenager. She also told me that some people she knew named their daughters this because they liked how the name sounded. I would recommend people to put this to a baby girl.
― Anonymous User  11/25/2007
My name is Vanessa Anne, and I've been very happy with my name. I find it interesting how my name began, and as a biology teacher, I love that it has been used for a genus of butterflies. I've also been very comfortable with the many nicknames that friends and family have given to me that I really like: V, Nessie, Nessa, etc. I also think it sounds nice as "Aunt Vanessa" or "Auntie V".

Growing up, I enjoyed having a unique name. However, I did have a friend in middle school who was also a Vanessa Anne, which was really unusual. Another reason it was a good name to have growing up was because it is difficult to rhyme and use to make fun. As an adult, many people tell me that I have a beautiful name, which is always nice. I think it can sound professional yet fun too.

I recommend "Vanessa" as a great name for a girl, who will proudly be able to carry it as a woman.
― Anonymous User  1/3/2008
I don't really like this name. It is too long for your daughter to have to learn to write.
Patricia Underwood  2/6/2008
I've liked this name up until Vanessa Anne Hudgens came into the spotlight.
jasmineenimsaj  3/12/2008
The name doesn't sound quite as cutesy and girly as Clarissa and Carissa, but it does have that über-girly and youthful sound to it.
slight night shiver  5/12/2008
It was gorgeous, but the Vanessa Hudgins thing put me off it.
GarbageGuy  5/12/2008
Such a smug and pretentious name. Ugh.
amishigloo  6/25/2008
I love the name, it's beautiful and I love the meaning of it butterfly.
― Anonymous User  9/14/2008
Vanessa is a character in the Broadway musical, "In the Heights". She's originally played by Karen Olivo.
― Anonymous User  10/1/2008
I'm so sorry if this offends anyone, but I absolutely HATE the name Vanessa! I love most names, but Vanessa is the one that I hate the most. Everyone says it's so pretty and elegant, but I'm sorry, I disagree completely. Not only that, I don't even understand how anyone could like it, much less love it! It's a horrid name! And, again, I am very, very sorry if I offend anyone with this message. And also, I have, don't laugh, lepidopterophobia, which is the fear of butterflies. And isn't that what Vanessa means? That's just another reason for me to hate this name.
annamarie941408  12/1/2008
I don't like made-up names and didn't like Vanessa until I saw a documentary on Captain Cook, hosted by the geographer Vanessa Collingridge, a lovely slender intelligent young woman with lots of princess-like golden spirally curled hair! The strident Vanessa Redgrave and Vanessa Feltz (a British TV personality) put me off this name until the charming Ms Collingridge redressed the balance!
However, I think Vanora is a more beautiful and elegant name, deserving of more attention.
Jonquil  12/16/2008
I love Vanessa, it is so elegant and very beautiful to say and write.
pennycarroll  1/18/2009
Vanesa is variant of Vanessa. Pet form of Vanessa/Vanesa: Vane, Tessa.
― Anonymous User  3/31/2009
The name is pretty cool. I actually prefer the variant Vessa.
― Anonymous User  4/26/2009
Wow! I love that "Vanessa" was made up by a poet! That makes it so much more beautiful.
emily  5/14/2009
I like this name a lot! It's soooo pretty to hear!
kool_babe14  5/19/2009
Vanessa is originally a Greek word meaning butterfly. It is from the same root word for our words evanescent and vanish. The root vanescera means: to vanish. Butterflies have a tendency to vanish.
vmman22  7/17/2009
This is my name and I love it, nickname is Vane or Nessa but yeah a great name for a girl.
― Anonymous User  7/28/2009
Vanessa is a beautiful name. It sounds kind of Italian.
Hushpuppy  8/12/2009
I love this name, beautiful.
― Anonymous User  8/14/2009
I love the name Vanessa! It's so pretty!
starz26  1/24/2010
The name Vanessa is also widely used in the Portuguese language, both in Brazil and in Portugal (I don't know about the Portuguese-speaking African countries, but I'd assume it's an ordinary name there, too).
Kennedy  2/25/2010
Vanessa Doofenshmirtz is a character on the Disney animated series "Phineas and Ferb."
iolite  5/1/2010
This is my name - ever since I found out it doesn't actually mean anything (and was simply invented out of midair), I've grown a dislike of it. Ugh.

Now I'm jealous of everyone else; at least your names actually MEAN something, however negative. I really wish I could get my name legally changed to one with a real meaning.
― Anonymous User  5/27/2010
Very pretty name!
Chrila96  11/5/2010
I have been intrigued by the name Vanessa since the 1950's. Now I have a real reason to love this name, besides it's sophisticated sound. That is because of that wonderful and talented Violinist, Vanessa-Mae Vanakorn Nicholson, who goes by Vanessa-Mae professionally. A child prodigy who started playing professionally at 10 years old and who is now 32 and still playing in concerts beautifully, both pop and classical.
CarrollTowerCX  11/24/2010
I really like this name. It has a classic feel to it like Audrey or Eloise. I've seen it spelled Vanesha (seriously!) which I thought was terribly ugly. Vanessa is a lovely name.
Dawson  12/5/2010
This is my name, and I like it. Even though there is likely to be one more Vanessa in class, it's a name that isn't heard everyday. I recommend it.
VMarie  12/19/2010
English singer V.V. Brown's birth name is Vanessa Brown.
StrangeFate  2/5/2011
I don't know why, but this name reminds me of nasal problems. It's still pretty though.
― Anonymous User  4/30/2011
A (somewhat) famous bearer is one of Sybil Dorsett's identities, Vanessa, in the movie Sybil. Vanessa was supposedly a 12-year-old girl who could play the piano.
Ryry1996  7/16/2011
My name is Vanessa, and my friends call me Vessa, Ane (Ann), and Anessa.
― Anonymous User  9/9/2011
Vanessa Bell (1879-1961) was a British painter and designer. Her sister was Viginia Woolf.
― Anonymous User  9/10/2011
Vanessa is also largely used in PORTUGAL. [noted -ed]

A famous bearer of the name is the Portuguese athlete Vanessa Fernandes, former triathlon European and World champion.
Duddex8  10/4/2011
I think it sounds rather snotty, but I would find it more tolerable if it was spelled Vannessa and given in honour of Van Ness Ave. in San Francisco.
Bazinga  12/25/2011
Vanessa de Freitas, known by the name "Malana", was a contestant on Brazil's Next Top Model, Cycle 2.
This additionally adds to Portuguese usage.
xsai  7/17/2012
American actress Vanessa Marano (born 1992 in Los Angeles, California).
― Anonymous User  7/20/2012
American figure skater Vanessa Lam (born 1995 in Bellflower, California).
― Anonymous User  8/5/2012
Vanessa Kensington is the name of the "by the book" partner/love interest in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997). She was played by Elizabeth Hurley.
JoReia  8/31/2012
Vanessa is one of those names that sounds like a name for popular, snotty girls who only care about themselves. It just doesn't sound too right.
Melys11  12/18/2012
I like this name, it suits all kinds of personalities.
xgirl  5/26/2014
I adore the name Vanessa. It's lush, lyrical and has such a nice forward movement. The name Vanessa is not too common, but is rather familiar. All the famous bearers with the name Vanessa are beautiful and talented women (i.e., Vanessa Bell Vanessa Redgrave, Vanessa Brown, Vanessa Williams, Vanessa Marcil, Vanessa Carlton, Vanessa Paradis, Vanessa Lachey, Vanessa Hudgens). Though the name was invented in the mid-18th century by poet and writer Jonathan Swift, it didn't enter the US top 1000 until the 1950s. It spent over 30 years in the top 100 (1977-2009). Now it is slowly falling from it's peak of #41 (1988), but I don't see it leaving the top 1000 anytime soon. One day, I hope to have a daughter and name her Vanessa.
― Anonymous User  6/26/2014
Apparently I was named Vanessa by request of my Dad. I think Vanessa Redgrave had a lot to do with it, thank God I wasn't born any later or I might have been Daisy Duke or Wonder Woman, LOL!
I used to really hate the 'V' word as this meant I was in trouble. I was named Ness by my Gran at an early age! Now I like Vanessa on paper but am definitely a "Ness"! X
Reading an earlier post about her feeling more comfortable with a slightly different spelling because of a local avenue... I am from Saltash in Cornwall UK which is really Essa in Cornish, I used to walk down Essa road and pretend to be a Van! Ha Kids! X.
shortness  7/3/2014
Vanessa Morgan is a Canadian actress and singer, best known for her role as Sarah in the television film My Babysitter's a Vampire and television series of the same name.
― Anonymous User  7/6/2014
Vanessa White, a member of English-Irish girl group The Saturdays.
― Anonymous User  8/15/2014
I think the name Vanessa is beautiful. Even though the name doesn't actually have a meaning, I believe its association with butterflies Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ and a poem has provided it with pleasant qualities that effectively strengthens the name, don't you think? :)
― Anonymous User  10/27/2014
I despise that all authors think of this name as an evil, devilish woman (sorry Brandon Mull, I love Fablehaven). It is a complete masterpiece of a name, one we should associate with an amazing person as well.
Antonio432  3/20/2015
If taken as a portmanteau of VAN [homrigh] + ES[ther],
The VAN morpheme means "From," & ESTHER means "star."

So, a plausible meaning would be "starling, *" as in "from the stars." Taken further, it implies transcendence, like "transcendent beauty" or "transcendent wisdom," etc.

|-essa| is also an earlier form of the contemporary feminine suffix |-ess|, but it doesn't form a meaningful context with VAN-/"from."

*A starling is also a kind of bird, but that comes from an unrelated etymology.
Sabertooth  6/1/2015
I personally strongly love this name! It's so pretty, adorable, cute and not overused classy name! I want to name myself Vanessa if I can.
Lilybellflower  9/23/2015
I love my name. I used to not because I now realize, I hadn't grown into it. Now I love it and I have a new meaning. Yes, Vanessa is Greek for Butterfly because of the Vanesid (hope I spelled that right) and in Christianity, the butterfly symbolizes transformation, and NES in Hebrew is Miracle, so, I am happy to share my new meaning. Vanessa also means, "The miracle of transformation." Cool huh? Hope you like!
VanessaMarie  1/15/2016
I'm Vanessa Jade. About the name though, I quite like it. I have only met 2 other Vanessa in my life with the exception of celebrities with the name. It's very pretty, I only hate nicknames like Nessy, Nessa, Ness, etc. Why have such a pretty name and give it ugly nicknames? What's the point?!?!
Dumbledorathexplora  1/24/2016
My name is Vanessa and I love it. I live in Guatemala [it's in central America right next to Mexico] where we speak Spanish. It's kinda a popular name although there is only one other girl with that name in my school. Although the most popular meaning is butterfly and then star, here it means "the one who has vanity". I dislike it though because I am not that kind of girl. I'm a wildish kinda girl. Oh well, I don't like that meaning but there are girls out there who might. I normally go by Vane [vah-ne] because it's a very popular nickname here in Guatemala. Sometimes my sisters, brothers and friends call me Nessie or Nesa. My best fiend calls me Vanejo [vah-ne-ho]. The vane- part is for my name [of course] and the -ejo part is for rabbit which in Spanish means rabbit and I adore them [I didn't like them before because they were small, calm creatures and I was a toughish, wildish person, but when I got one for my birthday I LOVED them. And all little creatures as well.]
Vanessa-Kate  3/31/2016
I am Vanessa Gabriella. I think my name sounds great. I remember when I was in high school I met 6 Vanessa's! We made a family that was fantastic and we loved and helped each other. Since then the name Vanessa has inspired, currently inspires and will continue to because I loved it and I found that maybe not all, but most of them are lovable, including our famous one's, such as Vanessa Paradis.
vanessagaby  5/22/2016
Vanesa Lorenzo is a model. She has been featured in magazines such as Vogue, ELLE, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, and Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition.
cutenose  5/30/2016
Vanessa Show is a transsexual performer. In 1970 Vanessa started her show business career as a dancer in the Maipo Theatre, with Nelida Lobato and later with Nelida Roca.
cutenose  6/16/2016
A famous bearer of the name is Vanessa Ives, the female lead character of Penny Dreadful, played by Eva Green.
nymphastral  7/26/2016
One of my favourite names. If I have to name a girl Vanessa I definitely would. Though I think the nicknames Nessa or Nessy are very cute (it reminds me of my favourite sea monster in Loch Ness).
avaGurl112  9/3/2016
This is my favourite girls name. I can't tell you how much I love it. It is beautiful written down and I like its pronunciation in many languages (especially the Hungarian form, Vanessza).
HerculePoirot  10/18/2016
My name is Vanessa, I'm always called Nessy Vanessa by my mother when I'm in trouble. I love my name now, not so much when I was young. Vanessa's tend to band together because it is uncommon.
Ness11  11/4/2016
This name reminds me of Vanessa Hudgens, but not in a bad way. I get a bohemian vibe from it. I think of someone who is pretty and sweet and very down to earth. I also like Nessa as a nickname.
― Anonymous User  1/16/2017
Vanesa Lorenzo is a model. She has been featured in magazines such as Vogue, ELLE, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, and Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. Lorenzo started modeling when she was ten years old. At age 17, she left Spain for Paris where a local modeling agency thought her figure and characteristics would do well. The day after she arrived, she was rushed to London to shoot a campaign for Pepe Jeans. She then began to work internationally. She lived in Paris for three years, but always returned to Spain because of her family in Barcelona. Lorenzo currently lives in New York City.
cutenose  1/20/2017
Vanessa Ferrari is an Italian artistic gymnast. She is the 2006 world all around champion and competed for Italy at the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics. At the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Ferrari qualified for the individual all-around and floor finals. She finished in sixteenth place in the all-around final and fourth in the floor final, just missing the podium in the latter, as she had at the 2012 Olympics.
cutenose  2/16/2017
Vanessa de Oliveira is a Brazilian writer and former call girl. Born in Porto Alegre, de Oliveira became known in 2006 with her first autobiographical book, O diário de Marise - A vida real de uma garota de programa, which recounts, among other things, most of her life as a sex worker. The book was translated in English and Italian and released in Latin America, Portugal, Italy and in the United States. In the following years, she became the author of five other books that discuss sex, behavior, relationships and religion. Meanwhile, in 2007 and 2008, de Oliveira also starred in three adult movies.
cutenose  2/28/2017
Vanessa Joy Lachey is an American television personality, television host, fashion model, and actress. She was also named Miss Teen USA in 1998. She has been a New York-based correspondent for Entertainment Tonight and hosted Total Request Live on MTV.
cutenose  3/14/2017
Vanessa Chantal Paradis is a French singer-songwriter, musician, actress and model. Paradis became a child star at 14 with the worldwide success of her single "Joe le taxi". Since 1991, Paradis has been a spokesmodel for Chanel. She was in a relationship with American actor Johnny Depp from 1998 to 2012; they have two children: Lily-Rose and John "Jack" Christopher Depp III. Vanessa's sister, Alysson Paradis, is also an actress.
lilolaf  6/27/2017
Vanessa Hessler (born January 21, 1988) is an Italian-American model and actress. A model since she was 15, Hessler has appeared in many publications throughout Italy, Germany and France.
Aledis  8/8/2017
I was looking for a name of the baby I am going to adopt. When I came across the name Vanessa, I felt something strong in my heart that it would be perfect for my baby. I love it very much from my heart. It sounds lovely, sweet and I feel full of hope for her future.
― Anonymous User  11/24/2017

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