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Real Romani Baby Names

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by Isadora Vega of  Bewitching 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.

Keep in mind that these are from England only. There are many more unusual names from Gypsies in Spain, Turkey, Italy, Hungary, Germany, etc.

Girls

Analetta

Britann

Britannia

Carnation

Charity

Cinderella

Clementina

Defiance

Elderia

Ethelinda

Fiance

Florence

Freedom

Hester

Kezia

Lavinia

Leahlabel

Leander

Leighanabell

Lematina

Leonora

Leorable

Leviathan

Limatana

Looney

Lovey

Lovina

Maarah

Mahala

Mercy

Naomie

Ocean

Patience

Peanna

Penella

Penelope

Phyzante

Queenie

Rosella

Renie

Rhoda

Sabina

Selina

Sinfoy

Spisene

Teeannie

Theodosia

Tillie

Trainet

Trinity

Unity

Urania

Vertina

Boys

Abraham

Aladdin

Amberline

Ameline

Ananias

Boamos

Bohemas

Bohemia

Dangerfield

Dives

Dukey

Eladon

Ephraim

Gallius

Golden

Goliath

Hezekiah

Israel

Jessekiah

Job

Liberty

Llewellyn

Major

Merivel

Moses

Nehemiah

Neptune

Ocean

Onas

Power

Riley

Shipton

Sidney

Silvanus

Surrender

Sylfesta

Uriah

Vandilo

Vanlow

Wiflin

Windsor

Wisdom

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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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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sarahmezz Says:

May 9th, 2013 at 1:17 am

There’s a few gems here…and a few not so much. My personal favourite is Looney!

Sawdust_and_Diamonds Says:

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.

WaltzingMoreThanMatilda Says:

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.

bluejuniper Says:

May 9th, 2013 at 5:22 am

Loving Dangerfield and Llewellyn 🙂

upswingbabynames Says:

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.

Aurra Says:

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!

Pam Says:

May 9th, 2013 at 6:58 am

These are great, Isadora. So happy to have you and Bewitching Names in the bonus blog!

KateMP91 Says:

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.

ScarlettsMom Says:

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?

marisarose Says:

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”.

SoDallas3 Says:

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!

emnrex Says:

January 3rd, 2014 at 3:14 pm

I absolutely love Goliath 🙂 we have a Pippa Boheme which is close to Bohemia. Woot!

madeliner Says:

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

iowangypsy Says:

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.

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