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Ranked #293


Gender: Girl. Popularity for the Last 10 Years: 10 (Ranked #227).

What does the name "Vanessa" mean?

Vanessa (English): Combination of Van and Esther

The name "Vanessa" is of English origin and it means "Combination of Van and Esther". It's a name commonly given to girls.

V is for virtue, a trait you hold dear.

A is for accepting, your forgiving nature.

N is for natural, the genuine side of you.

E is for eternal, your spirit will live.

S is for special, you are, you know!

S is for smile, it gives you face value.

A is for altruism, the unselfish you.

Your name in reverse order is "Assenav". A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give "Enasvsa". How do you pronounce that?

Now try the names of everyone you know including friends, cousins, neighbors, classmates, co-workers or your pets. Even your favorite anime, TV or movie characters! See what their names mean. Remember, this is purely just for fun.

How popular is the name "Vanessa" in the U.S.?


Want to know about the populiarty of Vanessa? From 1880 to 2014, the Social Security Administration has recorded 248,564 babies born with the name Vanessa in the United States. That's more than enough Vanessas to occupy the territory of French Guiana (France) with an estimated population of 243,000 (as of July 1, 2012). The name first appeared in the year 1900 when it was given to 6 new born babies. The highest recorded use of the name "Vanessa" was in 1985 with a total of 7,563 babies. (That's a lot of baby Vanessas)

According to the 1966 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the name "Vanessa" is not a popular baby girl's name in Arkansas. Imagine that, only 20 babies in Arkansas have the same name as you in 1966. Across the entire United States a total of 1,653 babies also bear the same first name during the same year. OMG! It's tough being a popular person isn't it?

Where is the name Vanessa popular?

The map shows the relative popularity of the name Vanessa in each of the states since 1950. Can you guess a name that was popular in the west? Search for the name to check your answer!

Celebrities named Vanessa

Vanessa Hudgens

Vanessa Hudgens is an actress and singer with the most prominent portion of their career being from 2 to present. Vanessa was born in 1988 as Vanessa Anne Hudgens in Salinas, California, United States.


Vanessa Paradis

Vanessa Paradis is a singer-songwriter, musician, actress, and model with the most prominent portion of their career being from 1981 to present. Vanessa was born in 1972 as Vanessa Chantal Paradis in Saint-Maur-des-Fosses, Val-de-Marne, France.


Vanessa Williams

Vanessa was born in 1963.


Vanessa Marcil

Vanessa Marcil is an actress with the most prominent portion of their career being from 1992 to present. Vanessa was born in 1969 as Sally Vanessa Ortiz in Indio, California, U.S.


Vanessa Redgrave

Vanessa Redgrave is an actress with the most prominent portion of their career being from 1958 to present. Vanessa was born in 1937 in Greenwich, London, England.


Vanessa Carlton

Vanessa Carlton is a singer-songwriter with the most prominent portion of their career being from 1998 to present. Vanessa was born in 1980 as Vanessa Lee Carlton in Milford, Pennsylvania, U.S.


Past life for Vanessa born Dec 27, 2006

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a female in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Western Russia approximately on 1500. Your profession was designer, engineering, and craftsman.

You were a seeker of truth and wisdom. You could have seen your future lives. Others perceived you as an idealist illuminating path to the future. You fulfill your lesson by helping old folks and children. You came to that life to learn to care about weak and helpless.

Here's something for you to ponder on...

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