Usage Spanish (Canarian)
Other Forms FormsFaina
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Meaning & History
Possibly derived from Guanche *fāh-inaɣ meaning "our light". According to Juan de Abréu Galindo's Historia de la conquista de las siete islas Canarias (published 1632), this was the name of the wife of Zonzamas, a Guanche king on the island of Lanzarote. She was the mother of Princess Ico by a Biscayan privateer named Martín Ruíz de Avendaño, who took shelter on Lanzarote in 1377 and slept with the queen during his stay (supposedly a customary act of hospitality in local Guanche culture).