Real Romani Baby Names
I have found a catalogue of old birth certificates of Romani (once referred to as Gypsy) children with their parent’s names. My understanding is that all of these records are from England with births throughout the 1800’s and early 1900’s. So many of the names are what I would expect from that place and time: Kate, Henry, Oliver, Matthew, Eliza, Sarah, James, Benjamin, Annie, Mary, Charlotte, Robert, Thomas…you get the idea. But here, I’m paying special attention to the glittery bits. There are some here that I can genuinely say that you’ve probably never seen before.
Isadora Vega has been blogging about names of Witchy and Pagan interest on Bewitching Names for several years. She is not an expert in names, but her lifelong name geekitude and passion for rarities makes writing about this topic a treat. She is currently based in the Pacific Northwest.
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on May 9th, 2013 at 1:17 am
There’s a few gems here…and a few not so much. My personal favourite is Looney!
on May 9th, 2013 at 1:21 am
I absolutely love this list! There are some real winners and some great laughs. Such fun to read.
on May 9th, 2013 at 3:19 am
These are fantastic – I love all the virtue names, like Defiance, Unity, Liberty and Wisdom.
There is a Romani girl in Rumer Godden’s book “The Diddakoi” called Kezia (nn Kizzy); I’m guessing the author might have also known this was a traditional Romani name.
on May 9th, 2013 at 5:22 am
Loving Dangerfield and Llewellyn 🙂
on May 9th, 2013 at 5:31 am
I really like Leander for a boy.
While I’m not a fan of Cinderella, I’m fascinated by the name’s origins because after hearing the story of Cinderella my entire life, only a couple of years ago, I found a version that explained how Cinderella got her name.
Apparently according to this version of the story, Cinderella’s given name was Ella. Her wicked step sisters called her Cinder-Ella because she was always covered in Cinders. This seems like such an obvious connection, but one I had never heard in any of my childhood versions of the fairy tale.
on May 9th, 2013 at 6:15 am
Laughed at Defiance. That used to be my favorite name for a girl, with the nickname Deffy. Thank goodness I was only eleven at the time.
But there are some real gems. Great find!
on May 9th, 2013 at 6:58 am
These are great, Isadora. So happy to have you and Bewitching Names in the bonus blog!
on May 9th, 2013 at 12:56 pm
I’m not a huge fan of any of these names, but I would LOVE to meet a boy named Dangerfield.
on May 12th, 2013 at 4:55 pm
Dangerfield!!! What a great way to do the “Danger is my middle name” thing while using a legit name. I like the sound of Shipton, too.
Looney? Lovey? Leighanabell and Leahlabel seem like too much. I’m sure there’s a usable sound in there though… Leahbelle?
on October 8th, 2013 at 9:24 am
My great-grandmother was an Italian Romani. Her name was Bomina, which I was told by my great-aunt meant “precious love”.
on October 25th, 2013 at 7:59 pm
We have a Cinderella in our Romani tree! We also have Delorania, Caravania (I am guessing from caravan,) Britannia, Eldoral, Dinah, Sibella, Mesila and my favourite Rosetta!
on January 3rd, 2014 at 3:14 pm
I absolutely love Goliath 🙂 we have a Pippa Boheme which is close to Bohemia. Woot!
on April 21st, 2014 at 12:31 pm
The word G*psy is a slur and really should not be used. It is very derogatory and should be replaced with Romani. Please don’t use it. http://racerelations.about.com/od/diversitymatters/a/Five-Terms-You-Might-Not-Know-Are-Considered-Racist_2.htm
on May 6th, 2014 at 12:57 pm
Maybe it’s because these are English, but a lot of these sound like experimental names, not traditional Romani.
Experimental like Jayden or Kayden for Americans. My family is from old traditions Eastern European Romani, and these name sound kind of silly to me. lol
Real Romani names you guys might also like are Phabesha/Fabesha (one of my middle names:), Katarzyna (Polish and Romani), Bianca, Anastasia, Marko, Dmitry, Sebastian, Andrei, Ivan, Viktor, Mikel.
on September 22nd, 2020 at 7:49 am
This is a really fun list! It’s pretty upsetting to see a racial slur used in a list that’s appreciating names of that culture though. 🙁 If you posted about most other cultures you wouldn’t use a racial slur and Romani folks deserve the same respect.
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