Form of Vanessa. A Tuscan renaissance name. It first appears in the 1300's publication "La Vita Nuova" (The New Life) by the great poet Dante Alighieri. Vanna was called the Springtime of Florence. She was the best friend of famous Beatrice, Dante's true love and pure ideal of The Divine Comedy. Famous bearer: Novelist-poet-actress, Vanna Bonta.