Mystery Monday: Viana

Every Monday we will post an entry that hasn’t yet been published with a view towards harnessing the collective onomastic power of the internet. If you have any thoughts about the name’s origin, other variants it might be related to, other examples of its use, etc., please share them in the comments! If you wish to browse other Mystery Monday names, there is an index.

Today’s name is from the 1510 census of Valencia, a beautiful Catalan name that would not be out of place amongst today’s trendy “new” coinages:

The full name as recorded in the census is: Viana Guanyador, vídua, so it’s quite clear that the element is both a given name, and feminine. Beyond that, we really have no idea what the origin of this lovely name is. If you have any thoughts — or any other instances of it, please share in the comments!

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One response to “Mystery Monday: Viana

  1. Diego Segui

    This may be a misprint for “Diana”. See Germán Navarro Espinach, “Los orígenes de la sedería valenciana (siglos XV-XVI)” (1999) p. 235: “la deuda del 27 de noviembre de 1484 que confesaron tener Gaspar Guanyador y su esposa Diana con el notario Joan Montfort”. This Gaspar was a velluter (silk weaver) who started business on 1477 (details on p. 190). Note that the same page of the Cens contains a number of people with related trades (stampador, torcedor de seda, tintorer de seda) including one Joan Monfort. Since there are no other Guanyadors in the document, it’s reasonable to suppose that Diana and Viana are the same person.

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