Vanessa is often considered to be of the Greek origin. It was a name given to a group of butterflies and thus, falls into the category of insects. The other Greek meaning comes from the goddess Phanessa who was the goddess of a Greek brotherhood. It is also rumored that the origin of the name is from England and also has a Latin meaning. The English origin is rumored to be from author Jonathan Swift who used his friend’s name, Esther Vanhomrigh and combined his first and last name and later put the name on his poem and generated popularity. He took the “Van” from Vanhomrigh and the “essa” from Esther and was then later placed as the name for a group of butterflies. The Latin meaning of Vanessa is “Of Venus.” Vanessa can be spelled in a variety of ways. Vanessa is the most common way of spelling the name and then there’s Vanesa or Wanesa which is mainly used by the Polish and the Czechs, there is also Bahec[c]a used by Bulgarians, Russians, Ukrainians and Serbians, lastly there is Vane or Banessa which is pronounced in Spanish. I personally like to be called Nessa, Ness, Nessy or V. And that is the origin of my name.