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MorrisDancingViv Sun 24-Jun-18 17:06:37

I'm expecting dc2, not sure of sex and not planning on finding out but I'm interested in the general consensus of Vanessa. I always thought it was rather elegant when I was younger but is it a bit dated these days?

DramaAlpaca Sun 24-Jun-18 17:12:42

It's a beautiful name with an interesting history, but it is dated. I know one in her 50s and another in her 20s.

There's no reason not to revive it though, as it's a lovely name and it has lots of nn potential.

seriousone Sun 24-Jun-18 17:17:51

This is my name and I actually hate it,I tend to get named van /ness/nessy at work which I dont mind but I don't like my first name.

Sugarpiehoneyeye Sun 24-Jun-18 17:22:18

Love it, and love Ness as a nick name.

Zazia Sun 24-Jun-18 17:26:46

I think it's a great name.

LoveInTokyo Sun 24-Jun-18 17:37:38

I think it’s nice. I don’t think it’s ever been popular enough to become dated.

MikeUniformMike Sun 24-Jun-18 18:32:50

I like it. It's elegant. Ness as a nn.

daisypond Sun 24-Jun-18 18:34:38

I like it. Elegant and not too popular. I know a lovely 20-year-old Vanessa, so it has good vibes for me.

DeckSofa Sun 24-Jun-18 18:35:36

I really like it. I've only met one Vanessa but she was friendly, intelligent and stylish.

MorrisDancingViv Sun 24-Jun-18 19:07:05

This is good to hear!

Discotits Sun 24-Jun-18 19:42:24

I really like it.

Paranoixia Sun 24-Jun-18 20:21:01

Love it. Far classier than all the little Ava/Ella/Ada clones, and will suit her in childhood, middle age and old age?

Paranoixia Sun 24-Jun-18 20:21:06


StrawberryCat Sun 24-Jun-18 22:09:08

I think it's lovely! And i like Nessa as a nn.

FizzyGreenWater Sun 24-Jun-18 22:23:19

I've always really liked this and think it's a great choice - bit retro, never been so popular as to be overused, easy to say, recognisable but... unusual. Good letter of the alphabet grin.

I put Melissa in the same bracket, but it isn't as cool sounding as Vanessa.

FizzyGreenWater Sun 24-Jun-18 22:23:49

One I was in school with was Vez.

Smoliver Sun 24-Jun-18 23:16:52

I think it's a beautiful name. It's classic and well heard of but will be cool and unique on the playground too.

heateallthebuns Mon 25-Jun-18 15:47:14

I did know quite a few at school (I'm 42), I can count five I was at school with. But I haven't heard it much since!!

HeyDolly Mon 25-Jun-18 18:03:54

I like it. It’s on my very short shortlist for DD2 along with Juliet. (DH has vetoed very other name I like!).

The only thing that puts me off it is Vanessa Feltz and Nessa as a potential nn as that just reminds me of Gavin & Stacey. I doubt any of DD2’s peers would make either of those connections though!

mando12345 Mon 25-Jun-18 18:06:25

Love it!

ninetiesrnb Mon 25-Jun-18 18:20:07

Hi, my name is Venessa & prefer it to the regular (generic) spelling. My nickname when I was younger was Nessa or Ness then changed to Ven when I got older. Ven sounds better than Van don't you think? I've only ever known two other Vanessa's in my lifetime (both in their 20's & 30's). I don't find it old fashioned at all. I'm in my 30's 😊 Although I'm told it first appeared in the 18th century 🙈

MariaMadita Mon 25-Jun-18 18:32:04

It's nice imo. And there are some adorable nns smile

desperatehousewife2 Mon 25-Jun-18 22:17:52

Love this name and there aren’t many about

Racecardriver Mon 25-Jun-18 22:20:27

It makes me think of gossip girl blush

17caterpillars1mouse Tue 26-Jun-18 08:24:21

Vanessa is a gorgeous name. It has a sophisticated feel to it whikst Ness / Nessa / Nessie woyld be cute on a toddler or even V

I've only ever met one Vanessa, she's in her 30s but would love to meet a little Vanessa

Great choice OP

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