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Gender: Female Origin of Janessa: Modern invented name Janessa's Popularity in 2017: #891

The name Janessa is a girl's name . Janessa is ranked #891 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Fictional Princess Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "If I had 8 daughters whose names started with...".

From the experts:

This newly invented name is most likely a combination of Jane and Vanessa. Though it may not have as long of a history as more traditional names, Janessa has been a staple on the bottom half of the US Top 1000 since the mid-1980s. Perhaps surprisingly, it peaked at Number 524 in 2004.

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Famous People Named Janessa

Pop Culture References for the name Janessa

Janessa, character in animated movie "Barbie Thumbelina"
Janessa, character in movie "Jason X"
Janessa, character in TV movie "Star Runners"
Aunt Janessa, character in British animated series "Rastamouse"
Janessa, character in "Barbie in the Twelve Dancing Princesses"