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Origin and Meaning of Vega

"Vega" is a name of Arabic origin, and it means "Stooping Eagle". It's a name commonly given to both boys and girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Ve"ga
A brilliant star of the first magnitude, the brightest of those constituting the constellation Lyra.

Etymology: Ar. wāgi', properly, falling: cf. F. Wéga

noun Ve"ga
An open tract of ground; a plain, esp. one which is moist and fertile, as those used for tobacco fields.

Etymology: Sp

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. The brightest star in the constellation Lyra
  2. Prolific Spanish playwright (1562-1635)

From Medieval Latin, from Arabic واقع (wāqi‘, falling), from the expression النسر الواقع (an-nasr al-wāqi‘, falling eagle). The active participle واقع derives from the verb وقع (wáqa‘a, to fall, drop, tumble, alight, pounce).

  1. (astronomy) The brightest star in the constellation Lyra; Alpha (α) Lyrae. It forms one corner of the Summer Triangle.

From Spanish vega (“meadow, fertile lowland”), which see for more information.

  1. A surname​.
  2. An automobile that was manufactured by Chevrolet Motor Division of General Motors Corporation from 1970 to 1977.

    Vega was also found in the following language(s): Italian, Norwegian, and Spanish

    Notable Persons Named Vega

    Vega Tamotia is an actress. She has been prominent since 2008. Vega was born on May 7th, 1985 in Chhattisgarh, India.


    Vega is a musician. She was most prominent from 2002 to 2002. Vega was given the name Mercedes Mígel Carpio on February 18th, 1979 in Córdoba, Andalusia. Vega is also known as Vega.


    Notable Persons With the Last Name Vega

    Alexa PenaVega is an actress and singer. She was most active from 1993 to present. Alexa was given the name Alexa Ellesse Vega on August 27th, 1988 in Miami, Florida, U.S.


    Suzanne Vega is an alternative rock and folk rock musician. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1982 to present. Suzanne was born on July 11th, 1959 in Santa Monica, California, United States.


    Paz Vega is an actress. She was most prominent from 1997 to present. Paz was given the name Paz Campos Trigo on January 2nd, 1976 in Seville.


    She holds the title Miss Atlántico 2013, (Winner), Miss Colombia 2013, Miss Universe 2014, and Atlántico Department. Paulina was given the name Paulina Vega Dieppa on January 15th, 1993 in Barranquilla.


    Makenzie Vega is an actress. She was most prominent from 1999 to present. Makenzie was given the name Makenzie Jade Vega on February 10th, 1994 in Los Angeles, California, U.S.


    Alan Vega is a proto-punk, punk rock, electronic music, experimental rock, minimal music, no wave, industrial music, synthpop, rockabilly, and post-punk musician, sculptor, painter, and painting. He was most prominent from 1966 to present. Alan was given the name Boruch Alan Bermowitz on June 23rd, 1938 in Brooklyn, New York City.


    How popular is the baby name Vega in the U.S.?

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    Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
    1918 5 5 0
    1957 6 6 0
    1979 5 5 0
    1999 9 9 0
    2000 6 6 0
    2001 12 12 0
    2002 12 12 0
    2003 12 12 0
    2004 15 15 0
    2005 19 19 0
    2006 26 26 0
    2007 34 24 10
    2008 23 16 7
    2009 28 23 5
    2010 35 28 7
    2011 22 22 0
    2012 33 23 10
    2013 36 28 8
    2014 32 22 10
    2015 48 35 13
    2016 45 35 10
    2017 53 39 14

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    Popularity of Vega as a last name

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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Vega U.S.
      White 5.53% 64.26%
      African American 0.56% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.73% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.22% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 0.29% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 92.68% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Vega

    People with the last name Vega are most frequently Hispanic or Latino

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    Fun Facts about the name Vega

    • How Popular is the name Vega? Vega is the 16,005th most popular name of all time. As a last name Vega was the 261st most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Vega have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 516 babies born with the first name Vega in the United States. That's more than enough people named Vega to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Vega? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1918 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
    • When was Vega first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Vega is Monday, August 9th, 1880.
    • What year had the most people named Vega born? The highest recorded use of the first name Vega was in 2017 with a total of 39 babies.
    • Weird things about the name Vega: Your name in reverse order is Agev. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Gaev. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Vega? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 116,673 people with the last name Vega.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Vega? Vega was ranked as the 261st most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!

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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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