223 Romanian Baby Names With Meanings

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In the second century, Dacia, known as Romania today, became a Roman province. This change led to the evolution of the Romanian language, a mix of Latin and native tongues that gave rise to many Romanian baby names. The Germans, Bulgarians, and Slavic also left their mark on the Romanian language after they attempted invasion. These events resulted in a rich legacy of language, reflected in the different cultural groups. Just like the language, even Romanian names have a variety of origins – Slavic, Latin, German, Greek, Hungarian, and names of neighboring countries. Romanian baby names offer an intriguing fusion of Eastern European tradition and contemporary originality. They are steeped in history and rich in cultural significance. Owing to the historical connection with the Roman era, many of the nation's naming practices draw inspiration from Latin roots, historic Romanian mythology, Christian beliefs, and Slavic traditions. Since Romania has a massive population of Catholics, some names are an inspiration from Bible, saints, and historical figures. A Romanian name consists of a given name and a surname. The baby's parents usually choose the given name or names. For more than one given name, the first is usually used by the family members, and the second is used solely on official documents. A Romanian baby boy's name ends in a consonant or vowel except for 'a.' And the female baby names end mostly in 'a.' Although it is not customary to have a middle name, two given names may occasionally be used. A grandparent's name is preferred in some rural areas to preserve the lineage. Romanian family names traditionally use patronymic rules and the suffixes -escu and -eanu. The son of Petre, for instance, might get the last name Petrescu (son of Petre) (1). Given below is an exhaustive collection of Romanian baby names with their meanings, trendy in Romania and other parts of the world.

NameGenderMeaning
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Aerian
Unisex Baby Sign Unisex Elevated; Airy; Ethereal
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Agrapina
Baby Girl Sign Girl A girl who is born feet first
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Agripina
Baby Girl Sign Girl A variant of Agrapina; One who is born feet first
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Alexandra
Baby Girl Sign Girl Defender of mankind
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Alexandreina
Baby Girl Sign Girl Variant of Alexandra; Man's defender
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Alexandru
Baby Boy Sign Boy Defender of men
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Ana
Baby Girl Sign Girl Favor; Grace; Merciful
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Anatolie
Baby Boy Sign Boy One from the east
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Andrada
Baby Girl Sign Girl Romanian version of Andrea; Man
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Andreea
Baby Girl Sign Girl Male; Manly; Brave; Virility; Defender of men; A variant of Andrea
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Andrei
Baby Boy Sign Boy Courageous; Enduring
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Angelika
Baby Girl Sign Girl Like an angel
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Anghel
Baby Boy Sign Boy Romanian form of Angel, Angel
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Anicuta
Baby Girl Sign Girl A variant of Ana; God is gracious
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Antanasia
Baby Girl Sign Girl One who will be reborn; Immortal
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Antonia
Baby Girl Sign Girl Beautiful; Priceless; Praiseworthy
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Arsenie
Baby Girl Sign Girl A variation of Arsenia; Virile
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Atanase
Baby Boy Sign Boy Immortal
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Avram
Baby Boy Sign Boy Father of multitude; High father; Derivative of the name Abraham
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Benedikte
Baby Boy Sign Boy A variant of Benedict; Blessed
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Benedikto
Baby Boy Sign Boy A variant of Benedict; Blessed
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Bogdi
Baby Boy Sign Boy Given by God; A derivative of Bogdan
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Boian
Baby Boy Sign Boy One who is soldier or a warrior.
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Byni
Baby Girl Sign Girl Sabine
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Catina
Baby Girl Sign Girl Pure; Far off
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Caturix
Baby Boy Sign Boy The Helveti war God
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Cici
Baby Girl Sign Girl Blind
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Cipriana
Baby Girl Sign Girl A woman from Cyprus.
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Codrin
Baby Boy Sign Boy Of the forest
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Corneliu
Baby Boy Sign Boy Romanian form of Cornelius meaning horn
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Costache
Baby Boy Sign Boy Romanian form of Constanti, meaning constant, steadfast
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Crina
Baby Girl Sign Girl Lily flower
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Cristian
Baby Boy Sign Boy Christian; Followers of Christ
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Cristofor
Baby Boy Sign Boy Romanian form of Christopher, meaning follower of Christ.
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Daciana
Baby Girl Sign Girl Full of strength
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Daliana
Baby Girl Sign Girl God has drawn
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Danut
Baby Boy Sign Boy Beloved
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Daria
Baby Girl Sign Girl To possess
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Darius
Baby Boy Sign Boy Possessing goodness
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David
Baby Boy Sign Boy Beloved
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Decebal
Baby Boy Sign Boy One who is strong and powerful
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Dela
Baby Boy Sign Boy Manly and brave
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DeLorean
Baby Girl Sign Girl DeLorean represents the transferred use of the surname as a given name
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Delorian
Baby Girl Sign Girl A variant of Delorean; From the laurels
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Denis
Baby Boy Sign Boy Follower of Dionysius
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Dinu
Baby Boy Sign Boy A variant of Dionisie; The Greek god of wine
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Dionisie
Baby Boy Sign Boy Romanian form of Dionysus; The Greek God of wine
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Dol
Baby Girl Sign Girl A variant of Dorothy; Gift of God
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Dorin
Baby Boy Sign Boy An individual who is determined yet tender-hearted
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Dorotthea
Baby Girl Sign Girl A spelling variation of Dorothea; Gift of God
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Dracul
Baby Boy Sign Boy The dragon; Someone evil
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Dracula
Baby Boy Sign Boy Son of the dragon/devil
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Dumitra
Baby Girl Sign Girl From Demeter
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Dumitru
Baby Boy Sign Boy A silversmith; in a creative field
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Elena
Baby Girl Sign Girl Bright one
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Elenuta
Baby Girl Sign Girl Elenuta is a variant of Helen; Shining or bright one
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Elisabeta
Baby Girl Sign Girl One who is a master of a gorgeous personality
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Enrieta
Baby Girl Sign Girl State ruler; A variant of Henrietta
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Ferka
Baby Boy Sign Boy Frenchman or French
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Fiora
Baby Boy Sign Boy A blossomed flower; Roman Goddess of Spring
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Fisseha
Baby Girl Sign Girl Blissfulness; Mirthful joy
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Fitrat
Baby Girl Sign Girl The inherent temparament and basic nature of a person
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Flaviu
Baby Boy Sign Boy Golden; Yellow-haired
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Florin
Baby Boy Sign Boy Diminutive of Latin Fiore, Flower
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Francise
Baby Girl Sign Girl Free man
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Gabriel
Unisex Baby Sign Unisex God is my strength
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Gabriela
Unisex Baby Sign Unisex God is my strength
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Garridan
Baby Boy Sign Boy The one who keeps secrets within himself
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Geofri
Baby Boy Sign Boy Peaceful ruler
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Georgeta
Baby Girl Sign Girl Refers to grower or rancher
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Ghenadie
Baby Boy Sign Boy Romanian form of Gennadias; Noble; Generous
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Gheorghe
Baby Boy Sign Boy Occupational name; Farmer
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Godoired
Baby Boy Sign Boy God's peaceful ruler; A variant of Godfrey
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Grigore
Baby Boy Sign Boy Watchful or alert
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Haralamb
Baby Boy Sign Boy Romanian form of Charalampos; To shine from happiness
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Horatiu
Baby Boy Sign Boy Hour, time or season
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Horea
Baby Boy Sign Boy A type of circle dance
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Iana
Baby Girl Sign Girl God is gracious
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Iancu
Baby Boy Sign Boy Romanian form of John; Yahweh is gracious
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Ihrin
Baby Girl Sign Girl Peace
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Ilei
Baby Boy Sign Boy My God is Yahweh
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Ilinca
Baby Girl Sign Girl Feminine form of Romanian Ilie; The Lord is my God
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Imanuela
Baby Girl Sign Girl God is among us
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Ioana
Baby Girl Sign Girl God Is gracious
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Iolanda
Baby Girl Sign Girl Romanian form of Yolanda; Violet
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Ion
Baby Boy Sign Boy A variant of Ioanenes; God is gracious
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Ionatan
Baby Boy Sign Boy Romanian form of Yownathan; God has given
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Ionel
Baby Boy Sign Boy Pet form of the name Ioan; God is gracious
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Ionut
Baby Boy Sign Boy Romanian form of John; God Is gracious
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Iorghu
Baby Boy Sign Boy Romanian form of Georgios, Earth-worker; Farmer
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Iosif
Baby Boy Sign Boy Romanian form of Joseph; God shall add another son
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Iosua
Baby Boy Sign Boy A variant form of Joshua; Yahweh is salvation
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Irini
Baby Girl Sign Girl A variant of Irene; Peaceful
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Iudita
Baby Girl Sign Girl A derivative of Judith; Woman from Judea
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Iulia
Baby Girl Sign Girl Young or youthful
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Iulian
Baby Boy Sign Boy Romanian version of Julian; Youthful
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Iuliana
Baby Girl Sign Girl Youthful; Dedicated to Jupiter
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Iuliu
Baby Boy Sign Boy Romanian form of Julianus; Descended from Jupiter
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Ivantie
Baby Boy Sign Boy A glorious gift
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Izabela
Baby Girl Sign Girl My God is an oath
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Romanian baby names highlight elements from Latin, Greek, German, Hungarian, and Slavic origins, reflecting the rich fabric of Romanian history. Romanian names often represent mythological inference, ancestry, lineage, and aspirational goals, which are significant to a person's sense of self and family relationships. While religious and historical personalities inspire some names, others reflect the deep ancestral family ties surrounding them.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is a typical Romanian name?

A typical Romanian name is influenced not only by the Latin origins of the country but also by the influences from the Slavic, Hungarian, and Turkish culture. Some typical Romanian names are Alexandru (meaning ‘defending men’), Adrian (meaning ‘from Hadria’), Maria (meaning ‘beloved’), and Gabriela (meaning ‘God is my strong man’).

2. What is the Romanian name for Lily?

Names like Crina, Lăcrămioara, Lillian, Liliana, and Liana are some names that mean lily in Romanian. They are as lovely and enchanting as the flower.

3. What is a common Romanian gypsy name?

The Roma people of Romania are called Gypsies' and as such, these names should be treated with respect and sensitivity (2). Some of the common gypsy names are Ionuț (Yahweh is gracious), Marian (male), Vasile (king), Elena (torch), Ana (favor, grace), and Daniela (God is my judge).

4. Which names mean angel in Romanian?

Names like Angela, Angelica, and Anghel mean ‘angel’ in Romanian. These are derived from the Romanian word for angel, înger. Other names like Gabriela and Mihaela are also Romanian names that are derived from the names of angels in the Bible.

5. Which Romanian names mean brave?

Romanian baby names like Amalia, derived from the element amal meaning ‘brave;’ Decebal, a Dacian name meaning ‘powerful and brave;’ and Leonard, meaning ‘brave lion’ are some examples of names meaning brave.

6. Are there any traditional Romanian baby names with strong meanings?

Some traditional Romanian baby names are Vlad meaning ‘rule’ or ‘glory,’ Ștefan meaning ‘crown’ or ‘wreath,’ Adriana meaning ‘from Hadria,’ and Irina meaning ‘peace.’ These names are timeless and considered to be modern classics.

Infographic: Remarkable Romanian Baby Names With Meanings

Romanian baby names have historical and cultural ties with Latin, Greek, German, Hungarian, and Slavic traditions. These names also represent historical mythology, Christian beliefs, and familial ancestry. Romanian names serve as personal identification tools and symbols of the nation's rich historical and cultural heritage. Continue reading the infographic to sample a few Romanian baby names and their meanings.

noteworthy romanian baby names with meanings (infographic)

Illustration: Momjunction Design Team

References

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  1. Romanian Culture.
    https://culturalatlas.sbs.com.au/romanian-culture/romanian-culture-naming
  2. The Social Situation.
    https://books.openedition.org/ceup/1555?lang=en#tocfrom1n1
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