Vanessa Name Meaning & Origin

Vanessa

Pronunciation: vah-NEH-sə (key)

Origin of the name Vanessa:

An invention of satirist Jonathan Swift (1667 - 1745), Vanessa is a partial anagram of the name of his intimate friend Esther Vanhomrigh. Swift used the name in his Cadenus and Vanessa, which led to its use as a female given name.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

Related Names:

Vanesa, Venessa

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Nicknames for Vanessa

V,
Ness,
Nessa,
Vanny,
Essie,
Essa,
Nessy,
Ness-Ness,
Vaness,
VV,
Stupid Whore,
whore,
gay,
bitch
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Vani
Vanessy,
Vanna,
Anna,
Annie

Meanings and history of the name Vanessa

The name Vanessa was invented by Irish writer Jonathan Swift for Esther Vanhomrigh. The name was created by taking "Van" from Vanhomrigh's last name and adding "Essa", the pet form of Esther.

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Famous real-life people named Vanessa

Vanessa Redgrave, English actress
Vanessa L. Williams, American singer and actress
Vanessa Downing, actress
Vanessa Carlton, singer
Vanessa Hudgens, American actress/singer
Vanessa Bell, Bloomsbury artist
Vanessa Bell Armstrong, American singer
Vanessa Bell Calloway, American actress
Vanessa Paradis, French singer and actress
Vanessa-Mae (born Vanessa-Mae Vanakorn Nicholson), British-Chinese violinist
Vanessa Millano, TV correspondent
Vanessa Beecroft, Italian contemporary artist
Vanessa Amorosi, Australian singer/songwriter
Vanessa Vadim, daughter of Jane Fonda
Vanessa Zahorian, American ballerina, principle dancer for the San Francisco ballet

Vanessa in song, story & screen

Vanessa Baxter, Character In “Last Man Standing” television show, portrayed by Nancy Travis
Vanessa Huxtable, middle child on 1980s television show "The Cosby Show"
Vanessa Kensington, love interest of Austin Powers in the film "Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery", played by Elizabeth Hurley
Vanessa Abrams, character in the "Gossip Girl" books and TV series, played by Jessica Szohr
Vanessa Geraldine Carlysle, aka Copycat, character in Marvel
comics
Vanessa named doll, Groovy Girls
Vanessa is the alter-ego of the villain, Ursula, in the Little Mermaid.

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