12th cent. From Latin via 'id.'
From Proto-Italic *wijā- 'id.' From Proto-Indo-European *u̯ih1-eh2- "pursuit," from the root verb *u̯ei̯h1- "to pursue."
Not the direct origin of the surname Via, which in reality comes from the cognate in Italian via.
Portuguese via, Galician vía, Catalan via, French voie, Italian via, Romanian via
Oscan víú "road," Umbrian via 'id.,' South Picene víam 'id.'
Old Church Slavonic povinǫti "to subject," Lithuanian výti "to drive"
Ancient Greek ἵεσθαι (ísthai) "to strive"
Sanskrit viyánti "they pursue," Young Avestan viia- "to pursue"