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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 "{girls} love/like/lose: alt. version".

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"

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