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Gender: Female Meaning of Nessa: "headlands, promontory" Origin of Nessa: Scandinavian

The name Nessa is a girl's name of Scottish, Scandinavian, Russian origin meaning "headlands, promontory". Nessa and is often added to lists like Mythology Baby Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "Gender Bender Makeover (10 Names)".

From the experts:

Like its cousin Tessa, Nessa -- a shortening of Vanessa or Agnes or Anastasia among other possibilities -- is an attractive nickname that can stand on its own.

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Famous People Named Nessa

Nessa Maria Vereker Childers, Irish MEP
Nessa O'Mahony, Irish poet
Nessa Diab, American TV personality
Nessa Carey, English biologist and author

Pop Culture References for the name Nessa

Nessarose, or "Nessa," sister of Elphaba the Wicked Witch of the West in the musical "Wicked"
Nessa, character from "Gavin & Stacey"
Nessa, one of the Valar ("angels") from Tolkien's Legendarium
Nessa Stein, main character of the British miniseries "The Honourable Woman"
Nessa Holt, character from TV's "Las Vegas"

Nessie, Nessi, Nesha, Nesiah, Nesa, Neysa, Nessia, Neshia, Netia


Alesha1 Says:


I prefer this as a nickname for Agnes or Vanessa, rather than a stand alone

Mhill46 Says:


I think this is super cool and unique as a full name!

Eliza1303 Says:


I sorta think of the Loch Ness monster when I hear this name but I don’t mind it. Would be a cute mn or nn. Maybe for like the name Vanessa.

paulapuddephatt Says:


I love this name. It's a wonderful nickname for Agnes, which I am loving lately, as well as for Vanessa, one of my long-term favourites.

paulapuddephatt Says:


In fact, think maybe I did hear of it as an independent name, years ago. I think I did meet a Nessa.

paulapuddephatt Says:


I didn't realise that this was its own name, with a history and meaning. I still prefer it as a nickname for Vanessa, though.

ElsaAnne Says:


I like this way more as a nickname, rather than a full name

jaz.fortune Says:


cute nickname for Anastasia!

dan Says:


Nessa is also a Hebrew name meaning miracle.