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PRONOUNCED: vee-EN-ə (Dutch, English, Medieval Italian)
OTHER FORMS: Viënna (Dutch variant)
CONTRIBUTOR: anonymous on 3/17/2007
Meaning & History
From the name of the city in Austria (see Vienne
), derived from Roman Vindobona
, from Celtic vindo
“white” and bona
“foundation, fort”. The “white” might be a reference to the river flowing through it. This name was borne by Vienna da Fuscaldo, mother of Saint Francis of Paola.