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Pronunciation

vənɛsə

Origin

English, German, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese

Meaning

This name was the wonderful invention of British writer, Jonathan Swift, for a woman he fell in love with. He used parts of her last name to make Vanessa, and wrote a poem about her, which was the first time this name was used. Vanessa is also a type of butterfly, and may mean “mystic” in Greek. Rare and artistic, it’s an inspiring name for a baby girl.

Rank in the year 2015

Vanessa was ranked #408 in the most popular American names of 2015.

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