Usage Spanish (Canarian)
Other Forms FormsBenearo, Benecaro, Benecharo, Benejaro, Benhearo
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Meaning & History
The name of a late 15th-century Guanche king of Anaga on the island of Tenerife (present-day Canary Islands, Spain) according to the epic poem Antigüedades de las Islas Afortunadas de la Gran Canaria (1604) by Antonio de Viana. It is possible that the name is Guanche in origin, with philologist Ignacio Reyes García suggesting a derivation from Guanche *we-n-ăwəssar meaning "old", composed of *we-n "one of the" and *wəššər "to be old"; however, Viana may have invented it for use in his poem.