Vanessa: It's a girl! Vanessa is the #269 ranked female name by popularity. Nessa, Don't like the nicknames Van, Vanny, Nessa or Nessie. My family nick name is Nessa. It was invented by the Anglo-Irish writer Jonathan Swift for Esther Vanhomrigh, whom Swift had met in 1708 and whom he tutored. The name Vanessa means Created Name and is of English origin. In 2018 the somewhat popular name Vanessa, ranked the 230th Most Popular Girls Name in the United States. I tend to think of it as a middle class, dependable sort of name. Vanessa Redgrave is the doyenne of the renowned Redgrave family; Vanessa Hudgens, the young actor and singer from High School Musical is a more youthful bearer. Venetta, Vanessa was named as a genus of butterfly in 1808, long after Swift invented and first published the name in 1713. It's one of the prettiest names in the entire world! Please note, we update the data each May when the SSA releases new figures. Swift used it in the poem Cadenus and Vanessa in 1713. Position 41, its highest popularity RANKING, was reached in 1988. Nonetheless, the name was given to the greatest number of children in 1985 with 7,566 occurrences. Vannetta, Wow, I actually disagree with every other comment? Vanessa was one of the ultra-feminine three-syllable hits of the eighties, but has proved to have had more staying power than others like Tiffany, Kimberly, and Melissa, due to its classic beauty. © 2020 Nameberry is a registered trademark of Nameberry, LLC. (Spanish). Vanessa has always sounded like a sharp and angled name, in my opinion. I think Vanessa is pretty and soft, and doesn't seem dated at all to me-- certainly not on par with Jennifer. All data changes at that time, including previous years, which will change minutely based on new information. Venesa, Popularity of the name Vanessa in 30 countries, origin and meaning of the name Vanessa I like Ves, though. How I Named My Babies: River Charles & Sylvie Vivienne. Vanessa actually means butterfly in Greek, even when the site says that it was invented it not true, it existed and it had its very own meaning long time ago. We're excited that you have an opinion about the name Vanessa. Vanessah, I think Vanessa is pretty, I only know a couple Vanessas. In any year, the least number of babies named Vanessa was less than 5, most recently in 1934. Vanessa was invented by writer Jonathan Swift for a lover named Esther Vanhomrigh—he combined the first syllable of her last name with the initial syllable of her first. Vanessa was later used as the name of a genus of butterfly. I like the name Vanessa. Therefore in the case of names with fewer occurrences, names with the same number of occurrences may have vastly different rankings because they will be interranked alphabetically. The name was created by taking "Van" from Vanhomrigh's last name and adding "Essa", a pet form of Esther. Altogether, I rather like it! A century later, Johan Christian Fabricius used Vanessa as the name of a genus of butterfly. My family or close friends, or even some very friendly types, call me "Ness" or "Nessa" or even "Nessy"! Vonnessa, Vanessa became a popular girl’s name in the state of New Mexico in the year 1985. Vannessa, Vanesa, If multiple names have the same usage, the tie is broken by assigning popularity rank in alphabetical order. I also love that it is the name of a butterfly, a beautiful association in my opinion. Vanessa is a feminine given name, especially popular in the United States, Germany and Brazil.It was invented by the Anglo-Irish writer Jonathan Swift for Esther Vanhomrigh, whom Swift had met in 1708 and whom he tutored., whom Swift had met in 1708 and whom he tutored. This name is a consistent top ranking girl’s name in the state of Arizona for 41 years from 1971 to 2012 (may not be consecutive). The all-time high record for this name was in 1989 in the state of California with 2,326 baby girls. On TV there have been Vanessas on The Cosby Show, Gossip Girl and Vampire Diaries.