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Gender: F Origin of Vanessa: Literary invention; also a species of butterfly Vanessa's Popularity in 2016: #197

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. It's currently at Number 197.

Vanessa was invented by Jonathan Swift for a lover named Esther Vanhomrigh--he combined the first syllable of her last name with the initial syllable of her first and used it in the poem Cadenus and Vanessa in 1713.

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. On TV there have been Vanessas on The Cosby Show, Gossip Girl and Vampire Diaries.

Famous People Named Vanessa

Vanessa Anne Hudgens, American actress
Vanessa Marcil (born Sally Vanessa Ortiz), American actress
Vanessa Nicole Marano, American actress
Vanessa Bayer, American actress/comedienne
Vanessa Chantal Paradis, French model, ex-girlfriend of actor Johnny Depp
Vanessa Brown (born Smylla Brynd), Austrian-American actress
Vanessa Bruno, French fashion designer
Vanessa Bell, English painter; sister of novelist Virginia Woolf
Vanessa Redgrave, English actress
Vanessa Lynn Williams, American actress/singer, Miss America 1983
Vanessa A. Williams, American actress
Vanessa-Mae Vanakorn Nicholson, British violinist
Vanessa Joy Minnillo, American TV host and actress
Vanessa Kirby, English actress
Vanessa Lee Carlton, American singer-songwriter
Vanessa Zahorian, American ballerina
Vanessa Traina Snow, American fashion stylist, daughter of novelist Danielle Steel
Vanessa Vadim, French-American film producer, daughter of actress Jane Fonda
Vanessa Alice Bensimon, French graffiti artist, known as "Miss Van"
Vanessa Morgan, Canadian actress
Vanessa Jane Zima, American actress
Vanessa Paul, American actress
Vanessa Beecroft, Italian performance artist
Vanessa Whitburn, English radio producer
Vanessa Haydon Trump, wife of businessman Donald Trump Jr.
Vanessa Marie Bryant, wife of basketball player Kobe Bryant

Pop Culture References for the name Vanessa

Vanessa Abrams, character on TV's "Gossip Girl"
Vanessa Huxtable, character on TV's "The Cosby Show"
Vanessa Bennett, character on American soap "All My Children"
Vanessa Turnbill, character in 2000 movie "Cut"
Vanessa Doofenshmirtz, character on animated series "Phineas and Ferb"
Vanessa Kensington, character in the Austin Powers series
Vanessa, character in movie "Big Daddy"
Vanessa Loring, character in movie "Juno"
Vanessa Monroe, character on TV's "The Vampire Diaries"
Vanessa Hansen, character in movie "City by the Sea"
Vanessa Moschella, character on TV's "Da Vinci's Demons"
Vanessa, character in movie "Corvette Summer"
Vanessa Ives, main character on TV's "Penny Dreadful"
Vanessa, Ursula's human form in Disney's "The Little Mermaid"
Vanessa Pike, The Baby-sitters Club character
Vanessa, Wade Wilson's girlfriend in the movie "Deadpool"
Vanessa Morita, character on Disney's Backstage
Vanessa Wrigley, character on TV's "Odd Mom Out"
Vanessa, character in In The Heights

Vanessa's International Variations

Vanesa, Venessa (Spanish)