When Samuel Martin Via was born in 1815, in Albemarle, Virginia, United States, his father, Jonathan Via, was 45 and his mother, Catherine 'Katie' Elizabeth O'Baugh, was 37. He married Sarah Alice Walton on 31 October 1837, in Albemarle, Virginia, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in Liberty Township, Clay, Missouri, United States in 1870 and Pastures District, Augusta, Virginia, United States in 1880. He died on 2 June 1904, at the age of 89, and was buried in Bells Valley Methodist Cemetery, Bells Valley, Rockbridge, Virginia, United States.
Altered form of French Viar 1 or perhaps of some other similar (like-sounding) French surname, such as Vier 3 and Viat, a cognate of Viet 2. Alternatively, a Frenchified form of an unidentified German surname. Compare Viar 2, Viars , Vier 2, and Vire .
Italian (southern): from a short form of a personal name or surname ending with -via, for example Bellavia .
Italian (southern): from a variant of Bia, a personal name of Greek origin, a calque of Latin Vita ‘life’.