75 Common Romanian Surnames Or Last Names With Meanings

75 Common Romanian Surnames Or Last Names With Meanings1

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Romanian, the official language of Romania, is the most widely spoken of the group of languages called Eastern Romance languages. Most Romanian surnames are derived from the language although there is an influence of other European languages too.
Romanian names contain a first name and the last name. Last names are often derived from occupation, location, and nicknames.

Several Romanian names are derived by adding suffixes like –escu, -eanu, -anu, etc.

In this MomJunction post, we bring you a list of 75 Romanian last names and surnames that have interesting and a bit amusing origin.

Romanian Last Names Or Surnames With Meanings

1. Albescu

The root word for this Romanian surname is the word ‘alb’ that means ‘white’ in the Romanian language.

2. Albu

It is also derived from the word ‘alb,’ which stands for ‘white’ in Romanian.

3. Aldea

It originates from the Spanish word ‘Aldea,’ which means ‘village.’ The surname is likely a toponymic one.

4. Andrei

It is the Romanian form of the name ‘Andrew,’ which comes from the Greek name ‘Andreas.’ The name ‘Andreas’ means ‘manly’ or ‘masculine.’ The surname ‘Andrei’ has several spelling variants, and a few examples are Andre, Andrea, and Andri.

5. Ardelean

This surname is derived from the word ‘Ardeal,’ which is the Romanian name for the region of Transylvania. The word ‘Ardeal’ likely comes from ‘erdo’ – the Hungarian word for forest.

6. Baciu

It is derived from the Romanian word ‘baci’ meaning a ‘shepherd.’ The word ‘baci’ is also used to refer to the captain of a team in the game of Oina, which is a traditional sport of Romania.

7. Balan

It means ‘blond’ in Romanian. Balan is also a town in Romania, and thus the surname could be toponymic.

8. Barbaneagra

The literal translation of this Romanian last name is ‘black beard.’

9. Barbu

This word in Romanian means ’bushy beard.’

10. Bogdan

The word means ‘god-given’ or ‘gift of God.’ The word is made of two Slavic language words, namely ‘bogu’ meaning ‘god’ and ‘dan’ meaning ‘given.’

11. Botezatu

This Romanian surname means ‘baptized.’

12. Bucur

The name comes from the word ‘bucurie,’ which means ‘happiness’ ‘joy’ or ‘delight’ in Romanian. The name could also be a reference to the legend of Bucur, a shepherd who is said to have founded Bucharest – the capital of Romania.

13. Cazacu

It is a toponymic surname referring to someone who came from a region along the Cazacu river in Romania.

14. Cel Tradat

This Romanian surname means ‘the betrayed.’

15. Ciobanu

It is derived from the Romanian word ‘cioban’ meaning a ‘shepherd.’ It is an occupational surname given to the shepherd community of Romania.

16. Cojocaru

This surname is derived from the word ‘cojoc,’ which means ‘sheepskin’ in Romanian. This is likely an occupational surname given to people who manufactured coats using sheepskin.

17. Craioveanu

It means a ‘person of Craiova.’ Craiova is a Romanian city, and this surname is a toponymic one referring to someone with their origins in the city.

18. Creţu

It comes from the word ‘cret’ that means ‘curly’ in Romanian. The surname originally could have referred to those with curly hair.

19. Dalca

The name is of uncertain origin, and is probably derived from an old Romanian word ‘dalca’ meaning ‘lighting.’

20. Dan

The name is a variant of the word ‘Daniel,’ that comes from Hebrew and means ‘God is my judge.’ Other origins could be the Old Norse name ‘Danr’ or a reference to someone from the country of Denmark.

21. Dascălu

It comes from the word ‘dascal’ meaning ‘teacher,’ ‘schoolmaster’ or an ‘instructor.’ It is an occupational surname.

22. Dragavei

It is the Romanian name for the plant called Curly Dock. It probably referred to someone who lived close or had a field of the curly dock plant.

23. Eder

The origin of the name is unknown. It could be the Basque word ‘Eder’ meaning ‘handsome’ or ‘beautiful.’ Another origin could be the Hebrew name ‘Eder’ that means ‘the flock.’

24. Enache

This one is both a name and a surname. The origin is believed to be the name Menachem, which means ‘comforter’ in Hebrew.

25. Erner

Erner likely means ‘Serbian’ in Romanian.

26. Fieraru

Fieraru means ‘smith’ in Romanian. It is an occupational surname given to smiths – blacksmiths, coppersmiths, goldsmiths, etc.

27. Fischer

It is the German word for ‘fisherman.’ The occupational surname likely originated in Germany and later may have migrated to Romania.

28. Floarea

This surname means ‘flower’ in Romanian.

29. Florescu

It is derived from the name and word ‘Floarea.’

30. Funar

Funar means ‘rope maker,’ an occupational surname given to people who make ropes.

31. Gheata

Gheata is the Romanian word for ‘ice.’

32. Grosu

It originates from the Romanian word ‘gros’ that means ‘thick,’ ‘stout,’ ‘coarse’ or ‘bulky.’

33. Hatmanu

Hatmanu is an occupational surname. It was given to people who, in the medieval times, were equivalent to the military rank of a General.

34. Hofer

Hofer means ‘steward’ in Romanian and may be related to the Romanian word ‘Sofer’ that means ‘chauffer’ or ‘operator.’ Another origin could be the German name ‘Hofer’ meaning a ‘farm,’ ‘house,’ or ‘courtyard’ thus making it an occupational surname for a steward; a caretaker for the property.

35. Iordanescu

It means ‘son of Iordan.’ The name ‘Iordan’ is the Romanian version of the name ‘Jordan,’ which comes from Hebrew and means to ‘descent’ or ‘flow down.’

36. Ioveanu

This Romanian surname means ‘son of Ivan.’ The name Ivan is derived from the name ‘John’ that comes from Hebrew and means ‘God is gracious.’

37. Lazarescu

It means ‘son of Lazar.’ The name ‘Lazar’ comes from the Hebrew name ‘Eleazar’ meaning ‘my God has helped.’

38. Luca

It is the Romanian form of the name ‘Luke,’ which is derived from an ancient Greek name ‘Loucas’ meaning a ‘man from Loucania.’ The place Loucania, also spelled Lucania, was an ancient region in Italy.

39. Lungu

It comes from the Romanian word ‘lung,’ which means ‘long.’ It may have originally referred to someone who was tall or had long limbs.

40. Lupu

It is a cognate of the Romanian word ‘lup’ meaning a ‘wolf.’

41. Lupei

It is also derived from the word ‘lup’ meaning ‘wolf’ in Romanian.

42. Maier

A Maier is a ‘farmer.’ The occupational surname could be a short form of the Romanian word ‘farmier’ meaning ‘farmer.’ Another origin could be the name ‘Meyer’ that comes from the Middle High German word ‘meier’ meaning an ‘administrator.’

43. Mayer

It is a variant of the name ‘Meyer’ that comes from Middle High German and means ‘administrator,’ ‘sheriff’ or an ‘officer.’

44. Mitrea

It is a cognate of the word ‘mitra,’ which is the Romanian word for ‘miter’ – a tall cap or headdress worn by bishops or senior priests.

45. Munteanu

It means ‘from the mountain’ in Romanian. It is either an occupational surname for a mountaineer or a toponymic surname for someone who lived in the mountains.

46. Muller

It is an occupational surname for a ‘miller’ – a person who mills.

47. Nectaria

It is derived from the word ‘nectar,’ which is the juicy and sweet secretion of flowers.

48. Net

It is derived from the Old Latin name ‘Netus’ meaning ‘superior’ or ‘greater.’

49. Nicolescu

It means ‘son of Nicolae.’ The name ‘Nicolae’ is the Romanian variant of ‘Nicholas,’ which comes from Greek and means ‘victory of the people.’

50. Popa

It means a ‘priest,’ ‘pastor’ or ‘clergyman.’ A variant of the surname is ‘Popescu’ that means ‘son of a Priest.’

51. Pichler

It is a toponymic surname for someone who ‘lives on or by a hill.’

52. Radu

It comes from the Old Slavic word ‘rad’ meaning ‘happy.’

53. Reiter

It is derived from the name ‘Reuter,’ which comes from the Middle High German word ‘riute’ meaning a ‘cleared land.’ The name may have been a toponymic one referring to someone who lived on a piece of cleared land.

54. Romanescu

It means ‘son of Roman.’ It may have been a name for the people who were descendants of the Romans from the Roman Empire.

55. Roşu

It means the color ‘red’ in Romanian.

56. Rusu

It means ‘Russian’ in Romanian. It originally may have referred to people of Russian origin.

57. Sala

It is the Romanian word for a ‘hall,’ ‘chamber’ or a ‘large house.’ It is an occupational surname given to a worker at a manor house.

58. Sandu

It is the short form of ‘Alexandru’ – the Romanian version of the name Alexander, which comes from Greek and means ‘defender of humanity.’

59. Schmidt

It is derived from the Middle High German word ‘smit’ that means a ‘smith.’ It is an occupational surname for someone who worked as a smith, for example, a blacksmith or goldsmith.

60. Segarceanu

It means someone who has their origins in Segarcea, a town in the Romanian county of Dolj that lies on Romania’s border with Bulgaria.

61. Stefan

It is the Romanian variant of the name ‘Stephen,’ which comes from the Greek name ‘Stephanos’ meaning ‘crown.’

62. Skutnik

It is derived from the Romanian word ‘scuti’ meaning ‘exempted.’ The name may have been associated with farmers or peasants or a section of the population who were officially exempted from certain taxes.

63. Stan

It is a short form of the name ‘Stanislav,’ which is a combination of Slavic words ‘stani’ meaning ‘stand,’ ‘become,’ or ‘attain’ and ‘slava’ meaning ‘glory.’

64. Stoian

It is a variant of the name ‘Stoyan,’ which comes from Bulgaria. ‘Stoyan’ originates from the Bulgarian word ‘stoya’ meaning ‘to stand.’

65. Stoica

The surname is of unknown origin, but likely to be related to ‘Stoain.’ Another source could be the Romanian word ‘stoic,’ which is same as the English word stoic meaning someone who is aloof and detached”.

66. Suta

Suta means ‘left-handed’ in Romanian and was given to people who used their left hands for work.

67. Tarniceriu

It is an occupational Romanian last name for a ‘saddler,’ a person who makes and repairs saddles.

68. Tecuceanu

It means ‘from Tecuci.’ It is a toponymic surname referring to someone from the city of Tecuci in Romania.

69. Ungureanu

It is the Romanian word for ‘Hungarian.’ The toponymic surname refers to people with their origins in the country of Hungary.

70. Vacarescu

It means ‘son of cowherd’ or ‘descendant of a cowherd.’ It is an occupational surname used to refer those who reared cows or were in the cattle business.

71. Vlad

It is the diminutive form of the Slavic name ‘Vladislav’ that means ‘one who rules by glory’ or ‘one who is glorious.’ A famous bearer of the name was the 15th-century ruler Vlad III, who is often regarded as a national hero in Romania.

72. Vulpe

It is the Romanian word for ‘fox.’

73. Weber

This occupational surname is of German origin and means a ‘weaver.’

74. Zamfir

It is a variant of the Romanian word ‘safir’ that means ‘sapphire.’ The occupational surname refers to those who traded in jewels or worked as jewelers.

75. Zugravescu

It is derived from the Romanian word ‘zugravi’ that means to ‘portray,’ ‘depict’ or ‘describe.’ The surname ‘Zugravescu’ means ‘son of the one who describes or portrays the past.’

These are some of the common and famous Romanian surnames with their origins in Romania or other European countries. Do you have more to share? Then do add them in the comment section below.

 

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