From German Names

Female Female Name

German Pronunciation

Listen to the German pronunciation of Vanessa. The speaker is a native speaker of Standard German from Schleswig-Holstein / Northern Germany:

Predominant Age Group in Germany

Typically born between 1980 and 2005

Predominant Regional Usage

  • Western Germany
  • Northern Germany

Origin and Meaning

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.

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