(Very) thorough list of Romanian given names

I love learning about names having to do with my ancestry as well as sharing the foreign names I learn, so I am making a list of given names that are popular in Romania and Moldova. Some of these are Slavic in origin or have another romance language as their origin but the majority are of Romanian heritage. This is a glimpse at what I view as being a unique and underappreciated language when compared to the more well known latin based languages like Spanish & [name_u]French[/name_u]. I’m also making a note of the names that are actually mixed in my family tree just for fun.

[name_m]Feel[/name_m] free to comment your favorites from the list or commenting your own names that come from your culture or ancestry!

Names you’d see used in Moldova

Summary

[name_u]Maria[/name_u] - familial name
[name_m]Ion[/name_m]
[name_f]Elena[/name_f]
[name_m]Vasile[/name_m]
Mihail
[name_f]Valentina[/name_f]
[name_m]Ivan[/name_m]
[name_f]Tatiana[/name_f]
Gheorghe
[name_m]Vladimir[/name_m]
[name_m]Victor[/name_m]
Nicolae
[name_f]Olga[/name_f]
[name_f]Natalia[/name_f]
[name_f]Nina[/name_f]
[name_f]Ana[/name_f]
[name_m]Andrei[/name_m]
[name_f]Svetlana[/name_f]
[name_f]Vera[/name_f]
[name_f]Galina[/name_f]
[name_f]Lidia[/name_f]
[name_m]Petru[/name_m] - familial name
[name_m]Alexandru[/name_m]
[name_f]Ecaterina[/name_f]
[name_f]Tamara[/name_f]
Serghei
Valeriu
[name_f]Irina[/name_f]
Nadejda
[name_m]Constantin[/name_m]
[name_f]Anna[/name_f]
[name_m]Nicolai[/name_m]
Sergiu
[name_m]Igor[/name_m]
Anatolie
[name_m]Dumitru[/name_m]
[name_f]Zinaida[/name_f]
[name_f]Larisa[/name_f]
[name_f]Alexandra[/name_f]
Grigore
Iurie
[name_f]Raisa[/name_f]
[name_m]Oleg[/name_m]
[name_f]Ludmila[/name_f]
[name_m]Pavel[/name_m]
[name_m]Tudor[/name_m]
[name_f]Eugenia[/name_f]
[name_m]Alexei[/name_m]
Fiodor
[name_f]Anastasia[/name_f]

Names you’d see used in Romania

Summary

[name_m]Alexandru[/name_m]
[name_f]Andreea[/name_f]
[name_m]Andrei[/name_m]
[name_f]Elena[/name_f]
[name_u]Maria[/name_u] - familial name
[name_f]Alexandra[/name_f]
[name_m]Mihai[/name_m]
[name_m]Marius[/name_m]
[name_u]Adrian[/name_u]
Ionut
[name_m]Florin[/name_m]
Mihaela
[name_f]Cristina[/name_f]
[name_u]Daniel[/name_u]
[name_m]Cristian[/name_m]
[name_f]Ioana[/name_f]
[name_u]Marian[/name_u]
[name_f]Ana[/name_f]
[name_m]Bogdan[/name_m]
[name_u]George[/name_u]
[name_m]Constantin[/name_m]
[name_f]Alina[/name_f]
[name_m]Ioan[/name_m]
[name_m]Vasile[/name_m]
[name_f]Georgiana[/name_f]
[name_f]Daniela[/name_f]
[name_u]Gabriel[/name_u]
Nicoleta
[name_f]Diana[/name_f]
Ionela
Nicolae
[name_f]Roxana[/name_f]
[name_f]Mariana[/name_f]
Gheorghe
Ana-Maria
[name_m]Cosmin[/name_m]
[name_f]Gabriela[/name_f]
[name_f]Oana[/name_f]
[name_f]Catalin[/name_f]
[name_u]Robert[/name_u]
[name_m]Stefan[/name_m]
[name_m]Ion[/name_m]
Alin
[name_m]Valentin[/name_m]
Iulian
[name_f]Adriana[/name_f]
Mădălina
Radu
[name_f]Florentina[/name_f]
[name_f]Bianca[/name_f]
[name_f]Raluca[/name_f]
[name_m]Claudiu[/name_m]
[name_m]Vlad[/name_m]
[name_f]Anca[/name_f]
[name_m]Dan[/name_m]
Cătălina - familial name
[name_f]Simona[/name_f]
Razvan
[name_m]Dumitru[/name_m]
[name_m]Sorin[/name_m]
[name_f]Iuliana[/name_f]

other names traditionally Romanian but less popular: Lăcrămioara, [name_f]Violeta[/name_f], [name_f]Mirela[/name_f], Iulita, Iuliu, Silviu, Liviu, Ovidiu, [name_m]Avram[/name_m], Smaragda, Smaranda, Dinu, [name_m]Casimir[/name_m], Cantemir, Antioh, [name_f]Antonie[/name_f], [name_f]Ilinca[/name_f], Sinziana, Sânziana, [name_f]Zina[/name_f], Crina, Mihaela, Petre, Denisa, [name_f]Ileana[/name_f], [name_f]Rahela[/name_f], [name_f]Emanuela[/name_f], [name_f]Viorica[/name_f], Viorela, [name_m]Viorel[/name_m], Niculina, [name_m]Aristide[/name_m], [name_f]Corina[/name_f], Maricica, Marioara, Antoaneta, [name_m]Mircea[/name_m], Ilarion, Grigore, [name_f]Miruna[/name_f], [name_f]Loredana[/name_f], [name_f]Adela[/name_f], [name_f]Adelina[/name_f], [name_f]Adina[/name_f], [name_f]Alexandrina[/name_f], Ancuța, Lenuța, Anişoara, Atanasia, [name_u]Aurel[/name_u], Irinel, [name_f]Catrinel[/name_f], [name_m]Beniamin[/name_m], Brânduşa, [name_f]Camelia[/name_f], Codrin, Constanța, [name_m]Dacian[/name_m], [name_m]Emilian[/name_m], [name_f]Marga[/name_f], Minodora, [name_f]Medeea[/name_f], & Steliana

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Thank you for sharing these - quite a lot of new ones here for me!

[name_f]My[/name_f] favourites are:

[name_m]Ivan[/name_m], [name_f]Tatiana[/name_f], Nicolae, [name_f]Nina[/name_f], [name_f]Svetlana[/name_f], [name_f]Galina[/name_f], [name_f]Tamara[/name_f], [name_f]Irina[/name_f], Nadejda, [name_f]Zinaida[/name_f], [name_f]Larisa[/name_f], [name_f]Anastasia[/name_f], [name_m]Mihai[/name_m], [name_m]Marius[/name_m], Ionela, [name_f]Oana[/name_f], [name_f]Catalin[/name_f], [name_f]Anca[/name_f], Razvan, [name_m]Sorin[/name_m], [name_f]Mirela[/name_f], [name_m]Avrum[/name_m], [name_m]Casimir[/name_m], [name_f]Antonie[/name_f], [name_f]Zina[/name_f], [name_f]Rahela[/name_f], [name_f]Emanuela[/name_f], [name_f]Miruna[/name_f], [name_f]Loredana[/name_f], [name_f]Adelina[/name_f], [name_f]Camelia[/name_f], [name_m]Emilian[/name_m], Minodora

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These are such beautiful names! Thanks [name_f]Jane[/name_f] for making this list!

[name_f]My[/name_f] favorites are [name_u]Maria[/name_u], [name_m]Vasile[/name_m], [name_f]Ecaterina[/name_f], Valeriu, Nadejda, [name_m]Constantin[/name_m], [name_f]Anna[/name_f], Iurie, Mihaela, [name_f]Cristina[/name_f], [name_f]Alina[/name_f], Alin, Mădălina, [name_f]Anca[/name_f], Iuliu, Sânziana, [name_f]Ileana[/name_f], [name_f]Corina[/name_f], Maricica, [name_m]Mircea[/name_m], [name_f]Adina[/name_f], and Atanasia.

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I’m always glad when I can introduce something new to someone!

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Aah these are SO gorgeous, I’m obsessed!! :heart:

I especially love: [name_f]Tatiana[/name_f], [name_f]Nina[/name_f], [name_f]Galina[/name_f], [name_m]Constantin[/name_m], [name_f]Raisa[/name_f], [name_m]Mihai[/name_m] (one of my favourite names atm!!), [name_m]Marius[/name_m], [name_m]Florin[/name_m], Mihaela, [name_f]Ioana[/name_f], [name_m]Cosmin[/name_m], [name_f]Oana[/name_f], [name_f]Catalin[/name_f] (do you know if it’s pronounced with the original Hungarian CAW-taw-leen pronunciation or if it’s been changed to be pronounced with a Romanian cah-tah-leen pronunciation?), Mădălina, [name_f]Florentina[/name_f], [name_f]Raluca[/name_f] (!!), [name_f]Anca[/name_f], Cătălina, [name_m]Sorin[/name_m] (another favourite of mine!), Iuliana/Iulita, [name_f]Mirela[/name_f], Sânziana, [name_f]Viorica[/name_f], Niculina, Maricica, [name_f]Miruna[/name_f], Anişoara (this one is super gorgeous!), Irinel, [name_f]Catrinel[/name_f], [name_m]Emilian[/name_m], [name_f]Marga[/name_f], and Minodora :yellow_heart: :sparkles:

Also super interesting to see how many of these are adaptations on obscure Greek names! I know a Smaragda, [name_m]Aristides[/name_m], [name_f]Athanasia[/name_f] and Steliani in real life!

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Yes that is what I noticed too! A lot of names have archaic Greek bases, there might even be an equal amount of greek and slavic mixed into the language besides just romance roots

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[name_f]My[/name_f] favourites:
[name_m]Alexandru[/name_m], [name_f]Irina[/name_f], [name_f]Diana[/name_f], Mădălina, [name_m]Claudiu[/name_m], Lăcrămioara, Silviu, [name_m]Casimir[/name_m], Cantemir, [name_f]Viorica[/name_f], [name_m]Viorel[/name_m], [name_m]Aristide[/name_m], Ilarion, [name_f]Miruna[/name_f], [name_u]Aurel[/name_u], Irinel, [name_f]Catrinel[/name_f], Minodora, [name_m]Beniamin[/name_m], [name_f]Medeea[/name_f] & Steliana.

Thank you for sharing!

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[name_f]My[/name_f] Moldovan friend was [name_f]Felicia[/name_f]! (feh-lee-chee-uh)

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These are all so lovely! [name_f]My[/name_f] favorites are:
[name_f]Tatiana[/name_f], [name_m]Victor[/name_m], [name_f]Natalia[/name_f], [name_f]Nina[/name_f], [name_m]Andrei[/name_m], [name_f]Svetlana[/name_f], [name_f]Ecaterina[/name_f], [name_f]Tamara[/name_f], [name_f]Irina[/name_f], [name_m]Nicolai[/name_m], [name_f]Larisa[/name_f], [name_m]Alexei[/name_m], [name_m]Marius[/name_m], [name_f]Alina[/name_f], Nicoleta, [name_f]Roxana[/name_f], [name_m]Stefan[/name_m], [name_m]Valentin[/name_m], [name_f]Bianca[/name_f], [name_f]Simona[/name_f], [name_f]Violeta[/name_f], Iulita, [name_f]Miruna[/name_f], [name_f]Adelina[/name_f], [name_f]Catrinel[/name_f], [name_m]Emilian[/name_m], & Steliana
With my top ten probably being:
[name_f]Tatiana[/name_f], [name_m]Victor[/name_m], [name_f]Svetlana[/name_f], [name_f]Alina[/name_f], [name_m]Nicolai[/name_m], [name_f]Roxana[/name_f], [name_m]Valentin[/name_m], [name_f]Violeta[/name_f], [name_f]Miruna[/name_f], and Steliana

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Steliana is one of my rotating absolute favorites. Very feminine and a starry type of beautiful.

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