Origin:Native American
Other Origin(s):Spanish
Meaning:Shape-shifter; Charger; God is gracious
Waneta is a feminine name whose origins are infused with mystery. While some think the name is of Old English origin, Waneta has been mentioned in the writings of explorers of North America—particularly concerning bodies of water. Waneta is likely of Native American origin, from a word meaning “shapeshifter” or “charger.” Waneta, or Wánataŋ, was the name of a chief of the Yanktonai tribe of the Dakota. Some also consider Waneta an anglicized form of the Spanish Juanita, with the faithful meaning of “God is gracious.” No matter which origin calls to you, Waneta’s enigmatic roots make it all the more appealing as a stand-out title.
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