All My Children Baby Names: Vanessa (Cortlandt)

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Name: Vanessa (Cortlandt)

Root Name: Vanessa

Etymological Meaning: Literary; a name invented by Johnathan Swift for Esther Vanhomrigh  ("van" from the last name and "essa" from Esther, which is Persian for star.)

Character Traits: Mother, attention-grabber, sly, conniving, trendy, demands the star treatment, split personality. Revealed as the evil Proteus. Died in a fall from a cliff in a battle with her son, Leo.