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Contributor Contrib.Celadon on 8/31/2010
From the Romanian word for a type of fairy in local folklore which derived from sân or sfânt "holy" and zână "fairy". Its use as a personal name was at least partly due to a comedy written by Vasile Alecsandri, 'Sânziana și Pepelea' (1881), which George Stephănescu then made into an opera. The legendary creature was often associated with an annual folk festival celebrated on June 24, as well as the Galium verum or Cruciata laevipes flowers.