I was doing some calculations with the name rankings for 2008 in [name]England[/name] and [name]Wales[/name] and came across the name Austeja. Thirteen little girls were given the name here in 2008 – not a great many but still enough to be of interest.
I googled it and it turns out it is a well known Lithuanian name (it ranked #5 there in 2008)-- the name of a old Lithuanian goddess of bee keeping – that means ‘weaver of honeycombs’. It also seems to be spelt Austheia.
I was pronouncing it ‘aus-STAY-uh’ but looking at Lithuanian pronunciation (http://www.debeselis.net/pronunciation.php) it looks like it should be ‘ow-STAY-uh’ (ow rhyming with how)
So, out of interest, what do you think? I think it has a lovely sound and would perhaps be an interesting choice for someone looking for a rare/uncommon but not made-up name