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nasara Thu 04-Oct-12 22:06:07

DH suggested this recently - I quite like it and popped it on our shortlist - what do you think?

BetteDavis01 Thu 04-Oct-12 22:18:14

I really like it. I think its sophisticated and glamorous; a name to grow into rather than out of. What I mean is, a lot of names are really cute for a baby girl, but turn out to be really soppy for the woman they will become ( Poppy, molly, Belle... Etc!!!) wink

Vanessa is a great name for a lady! smile

shrimponastick Thu 04-Oct-12 22:19:18

Lovely name.

One of my best friends is a Vanessa.

nn Ness, Nessa

squoosh Thu 04-Oct-12 22:50:11

Shoulder pads, filofax, hot shot city boyfriend called Jeremy, nouvelle cuisine for lunch, hangs out at winebars, favourite band is Huey Lewis & The News :-)

Having said all that I actually really like it, love that it's such a womanly name. Streets ahead of the Evies and Millies.

DIddled Thu 04-Oct-12 22:51:39

smile I like it lots smile

YouMayLogOut Thu 04-Oct-12 23:05:50

I like it.

AnAssumedIdentity Thu 04-Oct-12 23:07:38

Wow - I like it too but possibly didn't realise it.

ParrotTulip Thu 04-Oct-12 23:08:18

Not keen. Difficult to spell.

MarjorieAntrobus Thu 04-Oct-12 23:18:33

Lovely. Easy to spell.

trikken Thu 04-Oct-12 23:20:25

Love it. great name.

OrangeFireandGoldashes Fri 05-Oct-12 00:22:05

Difficult to spell??

It's a glamorous, sophisticated name. She will have great hair,good dress sense, be popular and gregarious BUT you will almost certainly have to buy her a pony. Then a bigger pony. Then a horse.

onyx72 Fri 05-Oct-12 00:32:06


blue22 Fri 05-Oct-12 07:26:00

I love it. Was on my list for dd2. Also had Lara, Anneliese and Rosanna

Ham69 Fri 05-Oct-12 07:32:06

And it was all going so well, onyx grin!
Apart from the vile Feltz, I have really good associations with the name.
I had a couple of lovely friends called Vanessa in the eighties and nineties. One of the only names from my school era that could work, I think.

imustbepatient Fri 05-Oct-12 11:11:22

I hadn't thought of this as an option but definitely like it too. Hmmm...

nasara Fri 05-Oct-12 19:48:25

Thanks for the input - it's definitely a strong contender! My other top favourite is Thalia - but that's a whole other thread...

BoyMeetsWorld Fri 05-Oct-12 19:50:25

Not keen. Prefer Veronica.

NulliusInBlurba Fri 05-Oct-12 19:57:54

What's occurin'?

Sorry, just been watching too much Gavin and Stacey.

It will change your opinion of Ness for ever.

PS. Thalia is a chain of cinemas and bookshops in Germany. Pronounced ta-lee-ah. How would you say Thalia?

SundaeGirl Fri 05-Oct-12 19:59:34

LOVE it. Gorgeous.

I like Tessa too.

Cezella Sat 06-Oct-12 02:02:55

The only Vanessa I know has a daughter called Thalia! I think Thalia is beautiful by the way, and Vanessa is a name that I don't think will ever date! x

deleted203 Sat 06-Oct-12 02:04:36

I like Vanessa. And I went to school with a girl called Thalia (and for a long time I thought her name was Failure cos that's what it sounded like.

OrangeLily Sat 06-Oct-12 02:26:56

Iv met a Vanessa called Vinessa.... Please don't do that to your child

manicinsomniac Sat 06-Oct-12 09:45:04

I like it and have only ever met 3 in my life - one that I went to nursery school with in 1987 and two Brazilian children. So definitely don't think it's a common UK name.

nasara Sat 06-Oct-12 19:50:09

The thing with Thalia is that I want to pn it tah-lee-ah, which I realise is probably an Anglicised pn?

I love Gavin and Stacy! The whole Nessa thing wouldn't put me off tbh.

AgathaTrunchbull Sat 06-Oct-12 20:06:02

nasara: no, Tah-lee-ah is the correct 5th century Attic Greek pronunciation (aspirated theta). Comes from the Greek infinitive 'to flourish'. Muse of comic poetry. Alternatively spelt Thaleia.

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