Vesta


522px-Pompejanischer_Maler_um_80_v._Chr._001Gender: Feminine
Origin: Latin
Meaning: “hearth; fireside.”
(VES-tah)

The name is borne in Roman mythology by the goddess of the hearth, home and family. Not much is really known about her as she is not mentioned in any myths, but it is believed that she was a leftover ancient Etruscan goddess and it has been suggested that she actually had no relation with the Greek goddess Hestia as is popularly believed.

It is believed that the name is derived from the Greek Hestia which means “hearth; fireside.” In ancient Rome, the Vestals were women who took a vow of chastity for 30 years in order to keep the fire of the goddess kindled. It is said that if they broke their vow of chastity, they would be severely punished by being buried alive. In ancient Rome there was also a yearly festival called the Vestalia dedicated to the goddess, it usually occurred between June 7-15.

In Europe, its designated name-day is October 17. Another form of the name is the Estonian Veste. Italian forms are Vestia and Vestina. There is a Polish form: Westyna.

3 thoughts on “Vesta

  1. The Italian Vestina (Polish form Westyna) is derived from the name of the Vestini(according to authoritative and trustworthy Italian and Polish sources).

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vestini

    I don’t know what the origins of their name are though and I wonder if Vesta is related or not.

    In Italy the name day for Vesta is November 1st and the name day for Vestina is July 17.

  2. Thank you Magdalena. I read a Polish book years ago and there was a character in it named Wystynia, it must be a form of Westyna. I have always wondered where it came from till now.

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