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Vanessa Sex F
São Paulo 22 Brazil 02/11/1989 06:30 – Julian day 2447568.90
Timezone -3.00 ST 15.49 Lat -23.33 Long 46.38



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  • Gender: Female
  • Meaning: coined from Esther Vanhomrigh (Van + Es → Vanessa)
  • Short Forms: Vany, Ness, Nessa, Vanny, Vaness, Nessi, Vans, Nester, Nessie, Nessy, V, Van
  • Related Names: Vanesa (Spanish), Vanessza (Hungarian), Wanesa (Polish), Vanasia
  • Pronounciation: və-NES-ə (English), va-NE-sa (German), /vəˈnɛsə/ (IPA English)
  • Syllables: 3



One can’t think of the name Vanessa without thinking of the 80s. Along with Jessica and Tiffany, Vanessa was one of the names of the neon and synthesizer-filled decade. It’s fared much better than its fellow 80s superstar name sisters, and is still a popular choice today. Interestingly enough, Vanessa was a name that was invented from thin air by author Jonathon Swift as a nickname for his close friend Esther Vanhomrigh. He then used it in his poem Cadenus and Vanessa, and it has been adopted as a bonafide name ever since.

In 1726 the name Vanessa appeared in print for the first time in Cadenus and Vanessa, an autobiographical poem about Swift’s relationship with Vanhomrigh. Swift had written the poem in 1713, but it was not published until three years after Vanhomrigh died. Vanessa has been adopted later as the name of a genus of butterfly by Johan Christian Fabricius in 1807.

Vanessa was the 71st most popular name for girls born in the United States in 2007. It has been among the top 200 names for girls in the United States since 1953 and among the top 100 names for girls since 1977. It first appeared among the top 1,000 names for girls in the United States in 1950, when it appeared on the list ranked in 939th place.

In Germany Vanessa has been among the top 100 names for girls since 1976. The name became more and more popular and was the 7th most popular name for girls in the 1990s. In the following years its popularity dropped and the name is ranked in 42nd place for the decade 2000–2009.


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  • Japanese: ヴァネサ (Vanesa)
  • Russian: Ванесса (Vanessa)
  • Spanish: Vanesa
  • Korean: 바네사 (Banesa)
  • Chinese (Simplified) 凡妮莎 (Fánnīshā) (Traditional) 凡妮莎 (Fánnīshā)
  • Arabic: فانيسا (Fanissa)



Red Admiral, Vanessa Atalanta

Vanessa is a genus of brush-footed butterflies in the tribe Nymphalini. It has a near-global distribution and includes conspicuous species such as the red admirals (e.g., red admiral, Indian red admiral, New Zealand red admiral), the Kamehameha, and the painted ladies of subgenus Cynthia: painted lady, American painted lady, West Coast lady, Australian painted lady, etc. For African admirals see genus, Antanartia. Recently, several members traditionally considered to be in the genus Antanartia have been determined to belong within the genus Vanessa.[1]

The name of the genus may have been taken from the feminine name. Though the name has been suggested to be a variant of “Phanessa”, from the name of an Ancient Greek deity, this is unlikely. The name of the deity is actually not “Phanessa” but Phanes. Johan Christian Fabricius, the entomologist who named this genus, normally used the original forms of the names of classical divinities when he created new scientific names.

North American species in the genus overwinter as adults.

The 22 extant species are:

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