Vanessa

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Female Female Name

Usage

Sweden Swedish
Finland Finnish
Norway Norwegian
Denmark Danish
Greenland Greenlandic

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Origin and Meaning

a brush-footed butterfly
a brush-footed butterfly
Image by Arnstein Rønning,[1]
License: Creative Commons, CC-BY-SA

1) English fantasy name invented by Jonathan Swift (1667-1745) for his intimate friend Esther Vanhomrigh. It seems to have been derivated from the first syllable of her Dutch surname and the name ending -essa, possibly influenced by the first syllable of her given name. [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7]

2) Vanessa is also a genus of brush-footed butterflies [4]

That name might derive from

  • The given name (1)
  • From Φάνης (Phanes), the mystic primeval deity of procreation and the generation of new life in the Greek mythology whose name means 'appearing', 'shining'

Related Names

Vanesa
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Wanesa
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Swedish
Vanessa
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Danish Finish Greenlandic Norwegian Swedish
Wanessa
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Vanesse
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Vannessa
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Venessa
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Wenessa
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Swedish

See also Nessa, Janessa

Grammar

Denmark - Danish
Nominative: Vanessa
Genitive: Vanessas
Finland - Finnish
Nominative: Vanessa
Genitive: Vanessan
Partitive: Vanessaa
Norway - Norwegian
Nominative: Vanessa
Genitive: Vanessas
Sweden - Swedish
Nominative: Vanessa
Genitive: Vanessas

Name Days

Finland Finland

25 February

Finland (Swedish Language)Finland (Swedish Language) Finland (Swedish Language)

25 February

Further Information

Earliest Documented Usage

Strongest Period of Usage

Statistics

Name Count per Country (What's this?)

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Country
Commonness
Commonness
Total Female ♀ Male ♂
as
main
name#
also
middle
name&
as
main
name#
also
middle
name&
as
main
name#
also
middle
name&
Sweden Sweden[11]
3015 3928 3015 3928 0 0
Finland Finland[12]
n.a.
2795
n.a.
2795 0 0
Norway Norway[13]
1078
n.a.
1078
n.a.
0
n.a.
Denmark Denmark[14]
1022
n.a.
1022
n.a.
0
n.a.
Iceland Iceland[15]
32 47
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
Greenland Greenland[16]
5 5
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
  #: count of main first name only
  &: count of both main and additional first names
Name counts are approximate as statistics normally is not published
for names given to less than 3 or 5 persons per country.

 

Recent Statistics Trend

Name statistics for Vanessa (f) Sources: [11][14][13][12]


References

  1. Wikimedia Commons: Image by Arnstein Rønning, source & license
  2. Patrick Hanks and Flavia Hodges: Oxford Dictionary of First Names (2003)
  3. Rosa und Volker Kohlheim: Duden Lexikon der Vornamen (1998)
  4. 4.0 4.1 Wilfried Seibicke: Historisches Deutsches Vornamenbuch (Band 1-4)
  5. 5.0 5.1 Kristoffer Kruken og Ola Stemshaug: Norsk Personnamnleksikon (1995)
  6. 6.0 6.1 Eva Brylla: Förnamn i Sverige (2004)
  7. 7.0 7.1 Michael Lerche Nielsen: Hvad skal barnet hedde? (2003)
  8. Grønlands Statistik, Statistics office of Greenland, census of 2011, http://www.stat.gl/
  9. Sture Allén/Staffan Wåhlin: Förnamnsboken (1979)
  10. Gulbrand Alhaug: 10 001 navn - Norsk fornavnleksikon (2011)
  11. 11.0 11.1 Statistiska Centralbyrån, National statistics office of Sweden, http://www.scb.se/
  12. 12.0 12.1 Väestörekisterikeskus, National Population Register Centre of Finland, http://www.vrk.fi
  13. 13.0 13.1 Statistisk Sentralbyrå, National statistics office of Norway, http://www.ssb.no
  14. 14.0 14.1 Danmarks Statistik, National statistics office of Denmark, http://www.dst.dk
  15. Hagstofa Íslands, National statistics office of Iceland, http://www.hagstofan.is/
  16. Grønlands Statistik, Statistics office of Greenland, http://www.stat.gl/