Asier

Asier is a Basque male name meaning “the beginning” from the Basque verb hasi (to begin, start).

Origin: Basque

Meaning: “the beginning”

Usage: Basque, Spanish

Pronunciation: a-see-er; (Forvo)

Maite

Maite is a Basque female name meaning “love, beloved, lovable”.

Maite has also been used as a Spanish nickname, or a contracted form of María TeresaMaría is the Spanish, Galician, and Icelandic form of Mary which ultimately derives from Hebrew Miriam, the name of the sister of Moses and Aaron in the Old Testament. Miriam is a name of uncertain origin though several meanings have been ascribed to it such as “sea of bitterness”, “rebelliousness”, “obstinacy” or “wished for child” from a Hebrew root word. It’s also possible that it might have originated from an Egyptian name either meaning “beloved” from myr or “love” via mr (this latter explanation might be more likely since the names of Moses and Aaron have also been linked to a possible Egyptian origin).

Teresa is also a name of uncertain origin, the Spanish and Italian form of Theresa. As a given name it was first recorded in Spain, first used by the Spanish wife of St. Paulinus of Nola (a Roman poet, writer, and senator), though she was known as Therasia of Nola- her name seems to have derived from the name of a Greek island called Therasia, also known as Thirasía; it may be derived from Ancient Greek théros θέρος “summer; heat; harvest, crop” or from therízo θερίζω “to reap, cut”. I’ve also seen it linked to Ancient Greek thḗr θήρ “wild beast; beast of prey” or thēráō θηράω “to hunt”, but as intriguing as that meaning is I’m not too sold on it actually being related to the name.

It’s also possible that the name may have originated from a non PIE source. 

Origin: Basque; uncertain

Meaningfrom Basque “love, beloved, lovable”; also a contracted form of Spanish María Teresa

Usage: Basque, Spanish

Pronunciationmai-tay (Forvo)

 

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Variants:

  • Mayte (Spanish)
  • Maïté (French)
  • Maitê (Portuguese)
  • Maité (Spanish Mexican)

Vega

Vega is the name of the brightest star in the constellation Lyra and the fifth brightest star in the night sky. The name derives from the Arabic phrase an-nasr al-wāqi النَّسْر الوَاقِع‎ meaning “the falling eagle”; nasr is the Arabic word for vulture (and eagle) which derives from a Proto-Semitic origin. Because Vega comes from the wāqi part, the name would actually mean “falling (eagle)”.

Vega is also a Spanish surname meaning “meadow” which seems to derive from a Basque origin; it originated as a locational name for someone who lived near a meadow or a fertile lowland. However, it’s also a Spanish female name which may have arisen from the Spanish title Nuestra Señora de la Vega (“Our Lady of the Meadow”)- Marian titles seem to be very popular among Spanish families.

Vēga (वेग) is also an Indian female name which comes from the word meaning “speed, velocity, momentum” derived from Sanskrit.

Origin: Arabic, Proto-Semitic; Basque; Sanskrit

Meaning: “the falling (eagle)” or “the falling (vulture)”; “meadow”; “speed, velocity, momentum”

Usage: Spanish, English, Indian, Hindi, Marathi

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