Defender of justice
If your name is Vanessa, your sensitivity and idealism are driving forces in your nature. Your sensitivity, combined with your natural brightness and quick mind, give you the abilities and talents to shine in areas of artistic endeavors, such as art, drama, music, or writing. Your creativity is inspired by the beauty you naturally see in the world around you. Your feelings generally call the shots, and it’s important to be careful not to be too strongly ruled by emotion. Don’t allow yourself to overreact, especially in situations in which you might find yourself jealous or possessive. This will damage your close relationships, which, of course, is the last thing you want. Your personality naturally leads you to try to make the world a better place, and nothing upsets you quite as much as injustice. You are willing to go to whatever lengths necessary to fight injustice with compassion and sensitivity for the downtrodden.
When you see unjust situations, it is important to remember not to become overly angry. Otherwise, your temper will take control and take you further from your goals instead of towards them. Your goal, after all, is to lessen suffering, not to cause it. All in all, the world is a much better place because you are in it!
The name Vanessa was invented by the Anglo-Irish writer Jonathan Swift in the early 18th century for his poem “Cadenus and Vanessa.” He arrived at this name by rearranging the first syllables of the first and last name of his love interest, Esther Vanhomrigh. Vanessa is also the name of a type of butterfly, and is thought to originate in that context from the ancient Greek word for mystic divinity, “Phanessa.”
Vanessa came to popular usage in the United States in 1950, and by 1953, it was in the Top 150. Since then, it hasn’t really fallen. The peak time for Vanessa was in the 1980s, when it achieved Top 50 status. Though it’s not quite as popular now, it still remains relatively high on the charts.
Heading up the list of famous Vanessas is Vanessa Redgrave, the only British actress ever to win the Oscar, Emmy, Tony, Cannes, Golden Globe, and the Screen Actors Guild awards. She is known for countless roles, including Mary, Queen of Scots, Julia, Howards End, Mission: Impossible , and Atonement. Actress and singer Vanessa Williams is next on the list, as are a few other actress/singer combinations: Vanessa Paradis and Vanessa Hudgens.