Vanessa

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Translingual[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

New Latin from the Ancient Greek deity Φάνης (Phanes). Named by Fabricius.

Proper noun[edit]

Vanessa f

  1. A taxonomic genus within the family Nymphalidae — brush-footed butterflies including the red admirals.

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Coined by Jonathan Swift for a lady friend named Esther ("Essy") Vanhomrigh.[1]

Proper noun[edit]

Vanessa

  1. A female given name.
    • 1726 Jonathan Swift, Cadenus and Vanessa:
      Vanessa be the Name / By which thou shalt be known to Fame. / Vanessa, by the Gods enroll'd: / Her Name on Earth - shall not be told.
    • 1978 Maeve Binchy, Victoria Line, Central Line, Arrow 1993, ISBN 0099218216, page 178, 179:
      A kind of girl that May had before only seen in the pages of fashion magazines, bored, disdainful, elegant, reluctantly admitted her. - - - She was asked to see Vanessa on the way out. She knew that the girl would be called something like Vanessa.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Paul J. DeGategno, R. Jay Stubblefield, Critical Companion to Jonathan Swift (2006), page 42

Danish[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

Vanessa

  1. A female given name recently borrowed from English.

French[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

Vanessa

  1. A female given name recently borrowed from English.

German[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

Vanessa

  1. A female given name recently borrowed from English.

Italian[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

Vanessa f

  1. A female given name recently borrowed from English.