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Vanessa

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1900 6 6 0
1913 5 5 0
1915 10 10 0
1916 8 8 0
1917 6 6 0
1919 6 6 0
1920 6 6 0
1921 5 5 0
1922 6 6 0
1923 9 9 0
1925 9 9 0
1927 5 5 0
1928 6 6 0
1929 5 5 0
1930 10 10 0
1931 7 7 0
1932 9 9 0
1933 7 7 0
1935 32 32 0
1936 20 20 0
1937 17 17 0
1938 15 15 0
1939 7 7 0
1940 14 14 0
1941 11 11 0
1942 16 16 0
1943 10 10 0
1944 13 13 0
1945 19 19 0
1946 14 14 0
1947 59 59 0
1948 69 69 0
1949 71 71 0
1950 91 91 0
1951 176 176 0
1952 696 696 0
1953 2,008 2,008 0
1954 2,649 2,641 8
1955 2,702 2,694 8
1956 2,616 2,616 0
1957 2,391 2,383 8
1958 2,747 2,737 10
1959 3,132 3,118 14
1960 2,722 2,714 8
1961 2,768 2,759 9
1962 2,256 2,249 7
1963 2,033 2,033 0
1964 2,064 2,056 8
1965 1,638 1,632 6
1966 1,653 1,645 8
1967 1,877 1,871 6
1968 1,804 1,799 5
1969 2,239 2,233 6
1970 2,584 2,579 5
1971 2,667 2,657 10
1972 2,289 2,280 9
1973 2,158 2,148 10
1974 2,359 2,351 8
1975 2,459 2,445 14
1976 2,473 2,463 10
1977 3,223 3,208 15 #90 girl name
1978 3,863 3,851 12 #76 girl name
1979 4,118 4,101 17 #75 girl name
1980 4,450 4,429 21 #69 girl name
1981 4,771 4,747 24 #62 girl name
1982 6,202 6,149 53 #49 girl name
1983 6,443 6,385 58 #49 girl name
1984 7,197 7,154 43 #45 girl name
1985 7,607 7,565 42 #42 girl name
1986 7,510 7,466 44 #43 girl name
1987 7,391 7,345 46 #43 girl name
1988 7,586 7,514 72 #41 girl name
1989 7,008 6,955 53 #50 girl name
1990 6,437 6,405 32 #56 girl name
1991 5,953 5,925 28 #56 girl name
1992 6,107 6,077 30 #55 girl name
1993 5,917 5,887 30 #55 girl name
1994 5,567 5,549 18 #59 girl name
1995 5,420 5,404 16 #63 girl name
1996 5,761 5,744 17 #60 girl name
1997 5,815 5,795 20 #54 girl name
1998 5,843 5,830 13 #52 girl name
1999 5,297 5,287 10 #57 girl name
2000 5,145 5,133 12 #62 girl name
2001 4,679 4,671 8 #64 girl name
2002 4,457 4,452 5 #68 girl name
2003 4,357 4,351 6 #70 girl name
2004 4,354 4,345 9 #75 girl name
2005 4,099 4,091 8 #79 girl name
2006 4,169 4,163 6 #79 girl name
2007 4,448 4,440 8 #71 girl name
2008 4,035 4,029 6 #78 girl name
2009 3,517 3,517 0 #91 girl name
2010 2,886 2,880 6
2011 2,622 2,616 6
2012 2,550 2,550 0
2013 2,095 2,088 7
2014 1,923 1,918 5
2015 1,720 1,720 0

Fun Facts about the name Vanessa

  • How many people with the first name Vanessa have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 250,305 babies born with the first name Vanessa in the United States. That's more than enough people named Vanessa to occupy the territory of French Guiana (France) with an estimated population of 243,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Vanessa? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1900 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Vanessa first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Vanessa is Saturday, March 31st, 1883.
  • What year had the most people named Vanessa born? The highest recorded use of the first name Vanessa was in 1985 with a total of 7,565 babies. That's a lot of babies named Vanessa!
  • Random Vanessa Factoid: According to the 1982 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Vanessa ranks 98th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Minnesota. Imagine that, 61 babies in Minnesota have the same name as you in 1982.
  • Weird things about the name Vanessa: Your name in reverse order is Assenav. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Vsenasa. How do you pronounce that?

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Popularity of Vanessa as a first name

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Common last names for Vanessa

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  • Williams
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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Vanessa" mean? The list below shows the origins of Vanessa as well as things modernly associated with the name Vanessa such as celebrities named Vanessa.

English

Origin and Meaning of Vanessa

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

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Van*es"sa
Any one of numerous species of handsomely colored butterflies belonging to Vanessa and allied genera. Many of these species have the edges of the wings irregularly scalloped.

Etymology: Probably from Swift's poem of Cadenus and Vanessa. See Vanessa, in the Dictionary of Noted Names in Fiction

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Painted beauty and red admiral
Wiktionary

Coined by Jonathan Swift for a lady friend named Esther ("Essy") Vanhomrigh.

  1. A female given name.

Vanessa was also found in the following language(s): Translingual, Danish, French, German, Italian, and Portuguese

Notable Persons With the Name Vanessa

Vanessa Hudgens

Vanessa Hudgens is a famous individual. She has been prominent since 2002. Vanessa was given the name Vanessa Anne Hudgens on December 14th, 1988 in Salinas, California, United States.

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Vanessa Paradis

Vanessa Paradis is a singer-songwriter, musician, actress, and model. She holds the title Vanessa Paradis – Joe Le Taxi excerpt. Her ongoing career started in 1981. Vanessa was given the name Vanessa Chantal Paradis on December 22nd, 1972 in Saint-Maur-des-Fossés.

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Vanessa Redgrave

Vanessa Redgrave is an actress. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1958 to present. Vanessa was born as the child of Michael Redgrave and Rachel Kempson on January 30th, 1937 in Greenwich, London, England.

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Vanessa Kirby

Vanessa Kirby is an actress. She has been prominent since 2009. Vanessa was born in Wimbledon, London, England, UK.

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Vanessa Carlton

Vanessa Carlton is a singer and songwriter. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1998 to present. Vanessa was given the name Vanessa Lee Carlton on August 16th, 1980 in Milford, Pennsylvania, U.S.

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Vanessa Lynn Williams

Vanessa Lynn Williams is an actress and singer. They hold the title Miss New York 1983, Miss Syracuse 1983, Miss America 1984, and Miss New York1983. They were most active from 1982 to present. Vanessa was born Vanessa Lynn Williams on March 18th, 1963 in Bronx, New York City, New York, U.S. Vanessa is also known as Williams and Vanessa Lynn.

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  • Vanessa Marano
    (actress)
  • Vanessa Ray
    (actress)
  • Vanessa Lachey
    (beauty queen)
  • Vanessa del Rio
    (famed human)
  • Vanessa Angel
    (actress)
  • Vanessa Marshall
    (voice actress)
  • Vanessa Bell Calloway
    (actress)
  • Vanessa Rousso
    (poker player)
  • Vanessa A. Williams
    (actress)
  • Vanessa James
    (leading somebody)
  • Vanessa Bell
    (painter)
  • Vanessa Selbst
    (leading individual)
  • V V Brown
    (musician)
  • Vanessa Kerry
    (chief executive officer at seed global health)

What Vanessa's Have Visited This Page?

What does the name Vanessa mean?

Vis for value, the value you place on friendship.

Ais for adaptable, for the world is full of unique challenges

Nis for nifty, how neat!

Eis for enthusiasm, in even the most dire circumstances

Sis for serious, not always joking.

Sis for smile, it gives you face value.

Ais for advantage, for you are blessed with many.

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Sources: U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain). U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain). 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License). Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License). Wiktionary: Titles and License. Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.

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