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vía f. (Noun) "road," "way"
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.
Indo-European
Romance
Portuguese via, Galician vía, Catalan via, French voie, Italian via, Romanian via
Italic
Oscan víú "road," Umbrian via 'id.,' South Picene víam 'id.'
Balto-Slavic
Old Church Slavonic povinǫti "to subject," Lithuanian výti "to drive"
Hellenic
Ancient Greek ἵεσθαι (ísthai) "to strive"
Indo-Iranian
Sanskrit viyánti "they pursue," Young Avestan viia- "to pursue"