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It is a short form of the Basque name "Arantzazu". Anyway, the meaning remains the same. It makes reference to the Virgin of the bush. [noted -ed]
Sephaerdie  12/6/2004
Famous bearer: tennis player Arantxa Sánchez Vicario (b. 1971).
alberto  12/10/2004
It comes from a legend, where a shepherd who was looking for a stray sheep found a figure of the Virgin Mary amongst some thorned bushes. Surprised, he exclaimed "Arantzan zu?" -'You, amongst the thorns?'-
Airienn  9/25/2007
Pronounced ah-RAHNT-shah.
erb816  5/11/2009
A Spanish woman I knew pronounced Arantxa something like a-RAN-cha. We (English speakers) always had difficulty pronouncing it the way she and her Spanish friends did.
― Anonymous User  11/19/2009
Arantxa Rus (b. 1990) is a Dutch tennis player.
overtheclouds  10/1/2012

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