Vanessa

Origin: English

Meaning: a famous name created by the author Jonathan Swift for his poem Cadenus and Vanessa (1713). He created it by taking the first three letters of his lover’s surname (Esther Vanhomrigh) and adding the pet form Essa. Vanhomrigh is a Dutch surname and van means “from”, referring to a habitational surname, while Esther either means “star” or is from Ishtar, of unknown meaning, so I guess you could stretch the meaning to be “from the stars”.

Variant: Vanesa (Czech, Slovak), Vinessa

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