Pronunciation:van ess er


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About Vanessa

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Vanessa is a relatively new name that was invented by a great poet, but because of its lyrical nature, it has become a popular choice throughout history.

Detailed Meaning

The name Vanessa was invented by an 18th century poet Jonathan Swift. Writing to his friend Esther Vanhomrigh, he coined a pet name by taking parts from both names and creating Vanessa. The name was set free in his poems ‘Cadenus and Vanessa’ released in 1713. Swift’s creation has remained prominent even now.

Famous People With This Name

Vanessa Redgrave is a prolific British actress whose career has spanned over 50 years. Vanessa Hudgeons is an American actress who got her break in the “High School Musical” film series. Vanessa Carlton is an American singer best known for her song “A Thousand Miles.”

Possible Nicknames

Possible nickname options for Vanessa include Van, Vanny/Vannie/Vanni or Nessa or Nessie/Nessy.

Related Names

Vanessa can also be spelt Vanesa.

Stories Featuring This Name

Vanessa Gold is a character on the British soap opera “EastEnders.” Vanessa Woodfield is a character on the British soap opera “Emmedale.” Vanessa “Nessie” Kapatelis is a supporting character in the “Wonder Woman” comic book series.

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