Uncertain. Possibly from Ukrainian живе́ць (žyvécʹ, “fry, small fish”), from Baltic (compare Lithuanian žuvìs, Latvian zivs, both ‘fish’), with suffix altered to diminutive -ete.
juvete m (plural juveți)
- fry, any small fish
- nickname applied to Oltenians (Romanians from Oltenia, in Romania)