Vanessa

Pronunciation: va-hne-hssa-h
Origin: Greece
gender-female
Author

Emmy Samtani

Emmy Samtani

Emmy is the founder of Kiindred and mother to 3 little ones. Over the last 4 years, she has worked with some of the most credible experts in the parenting space and is a keen contributor on all things parenthood.
Region Origin: Southern Europe

Vanessa is a girl's name of British origin, meaning "butterfly". The name was created by Anglo-Irish author Jonathan Swift in 1712 for a character in his poem "Cadenus and Vanessa". Swift was inspired by his lover Esther Vanhomrigh and combined the first syllables of her last and given names to coin the name Vanessa. The name also has Greek and Latin origins, with connections to the goddesses Phanessa and Venus, and is used as the name for a genus of butterflies.

Vanessa Name Popularity Data

chat-overall Overall: Vanessa is currently #392 on Kiindred
gender-female Girl: Vanessa is currently #211 on Kiindred Girl Names
gender-male Overall Unique: Vanessa is currently #389 on Kiindred Unique Names
gender-female Girl Unique: Vanessa is currently #211 on Kiindred Girl Unique Names

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