Vania, Dukes, and Neal’s Mother

Is [Vania] named after someone?

Tammy: I think it’s a classic name from Thayet’s family.


Tammy: It is possible to be a duke without being royal–you just have to have a really powerful, wealthy, old family.

I wonder what Neal’s mother is like?

Tammy: Tired. Very tired. :p

SOURCE: [MR:FT:7.1, 7.2]