Name: Vanessa

Origin and Meaning of the Name Vanessa

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    (vah NESS ah)
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    Itself (Vanessa)
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Miscellaneous Info for Vanessa

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    English speaking countries
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    This name was coined by Jonathan Swift for his friend Esther Vanhomrigh. Other famous bearers include actress Vanessa Redgrave, singer Vanessa Carlton and actress and singer Vanessa Williams.

    Vanessa is also the name of a genus of butterfly that includes the Red Admiral and Painted Lady. The genus was named after Jonathan Swift had coined the name. Although the name might be bestowed because of the butterfly connection, Vanessa does not "mean" butterfly. Honest.

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