Gender: Female Meaning of Gypsy: "wanderer" Origin of Gypsy: English

Gypsy Origin and Meaning

The name Gypsy is a girl's name of English origin meaning "wanderer".

Gypsy, long associated with the intellectual stripper Gypsy Rose Lee and the musical that was made about her life, was used by Drea de Matteo and Shooter Jennings as the middle name of their daughter Alabama. Be aware, however, that the word gypsy is now considered an ethnic slur when used for the Romani, or Roma, people.

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Pop Culture References for the name Gypsy

Gypsie, Gipsy, Gipsey, Jipsi, Gipsee


Scg2593 Says:


You all should be ashamed. You have a lovely name Gypsy Rose. My daughters also called Gypsy and I’m gobsmacked at the comments on here and you all talk about ignorance !! Tyson Fury the boxer aka The Gypsy King obviously doesn’t see the name as racist as he’s from a traveller family !

Scg2593 Says:


My daughter’s name is Gypsy - it’s a pretty name and actual fact she is of travel background and nobody I know to has ever been offended by it. Infact people have gone out of there way to say how pretty her name is. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion I guess

QueenieGuldbaek Says:


Just don't.

MissYellowButterfly Says:


Offensive AF. Avoid, avoid, avoid.

JulieSue Says:


I used to ride a fleabitten horse called Gypsy... I always just called her Gee instead. Aside from its unfortunate background this name just isn't very pretty in my opinion.

river_dweller Says:


Just made a thread about this name, thinking it was potentially a good name (to pair with more popular names nowadays, such as Indie and Juniper, etc.)... only to realize from comments that it's racial.... I dont think Nameberry should allow for names to be posted if they're considered racist. That wasn't my intention... and now I can't delete my thread... I'm embarrassed it's on my page forever now...

CJ Says:


People are allowed to have problems with racial slurs. In fact, they SHOULD.

LaulenaG Says:


A slur and stripper in one? Bad idea!

eveyalecia Says:


G*psy is not a "misnomer for most nomadic people anyway"-- it has always been in reference to the Roma people, until it recently began being appropriated to refer to "boho" culture. White Europeans believed that the emigrating Romani were from Egypt, which is why they called them g*ypsies, it does not refer to actual Egyptians. Here is a link with good summary of information about why this word is ALWAYS a slur, and should never be used (except by Roma people themselves): gypsyappropriations(.)blogspot(.)com/2010/07/truth-about-gypsy-life(.)html



socially insensitive

fromtheocean12 Says:


I actually really wanted to name my dog Gypsie, but then I found out how offensive it is :(

JLS123 Says:


I think it can also be a musical appreciation name, after "Gypsy" the musical. The story behind the name is eh if being one of the earlier "strippers", but if you appreciate the musical Gypsy its an okay name, and isn't that bad.

KJGlitter Says:


Hey, come on now. Her name is Gypsy, and unless she changed it, she didn't name herself. She shouldn't have to feel ashamed about it, and I can understand how she would be a bit defensive. It being pretty isn't all that matters.

DrVlasic Says:


Interesting discussion. I agree that this group was extremely oppressed in Europe, and that the word gypsy is a terrible slur in that respect. I think that some of the confusion comes from the United States, where the "gypsies" were not necessarily oppressed, but simply traveled around, and had a certain lifestyle. I do not know if they were Roma or who they were, but there were bands of nomadic people who the permanent residents called "gypsies," who traveled through the Midwest when my grandmother was growing up. She told stories of these people going door-to-door, asking for items (usually food). Even though my grandmother's family was extremely poor and had virtually nothing, they would always oblige, because if her family refused, the people would come back later and steal things. Like I mentioned, the locals called these people gypsies (which has always been a misnomer for most nomadic people anyway- it refers to Egyptians), and perhaps this is where a lot of misconceptions come from. Either way, it is not anything that I would ever consider naming my child. Ironic note- my grandmother's family also emigrated from Northern India (just like the Roma) and then immigrated to the United States from Bohemia (a former country with a lot of Roma).

gypsy rose Says:


my name is gypsy rose if you have a problem with that you don't need to make it a big deal ok

gypsy rose Says:


my name is gypsy rose

amberdaydream Says:


It looks like the description for the name has been changed, thankfully. :)

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eveyalecia Says:


I think the name should still be on the database, but the description needs to call this name out on being an ethnic slur. That way, people interested in the name will be able to look it up here and see what a racist name it is, and hopefully choose not to use it.

indiefendi2 Says:



Gyspsy does not mean "bohemian" or "hippie" like Western culture wants to water it down to. Gypsy is a racist slur!!!! It's just as vile as n****r! Anyone naming their kid this is blithely ignorant. 😡👊

eveyalecia Says:


I've contacted NB and suggested they change it. The phrase "exotic charm" in particular is deplorable.

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


So I just found out that my step dad knew someone who's daughter had this name *sigh* they were hippies, but it's a bit insensitive.

Guest Says:


I just read the history of this word and I'm appalled at the racism behind it. A "gypsy" isn't a nomad by choice at all. If someone is looking for the "bohemian" feel then there are other wonderful names out there. Not ETHNIC SLURS. 😠

madmaddie Says:


We should petition them to change the description. This is unbelievable.

amberdaydream Says:


As pointed out, this is a racial slur. The Romany are one of the most oppressed groups in all of Europe. Their culture is constantly under attack, often being stereotyped, insulted, denied, misunderstood or commodified and presented as "exotic" by outsiders.

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


No exotic charm what so ever to me, and some may find it quite offensive.

OliviaSarah Says:


I'm sort of disgusted by Nameberry highlighting it's 'exotic charm' whilst totally ignoring it's history in discriminating against a minority group. That being said, it's not uncommon within the UK for Travellers of Irish and Romany descent to label themselves 'gypsy'. Even with that in mind, using the chosen identity of a historically opressed group to name your baby girl is probably a horrible idea at the best of times.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


If people really knew what Gypsy meant and how it has been used to refer to people, then maybe they wouldn't like it so much. I really think people would be offendee by a child named Gypsy.

Frankie Says:


This name is a racial slur.

CocoWhite Says:


Don't know if I would ever use it for my child, but it does have a certain exotic charm to it.