Said to be a name invented by writer Jonathan Swift, this name is also a name of a genus of butterfly. This is a great name for a little girl who will flutter around and probably never stay still.
Nessa, Vanny, Vani, Vanna.
Famous people named Vanessa:
Actress Vanessa Redgrave; actress and singer Vanessa Hudgens; Vanessa Minnillo Lachey, model, TV host and wife to Nick Lachey.
There are fictional characters named Vanessa in The Cosby Show, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, and Gossip Girl.