7 junio, 2024

The 60 most common Romanian surnames and their origin

Many romanian surnames they have the suffix -escu or (less commonly) -aşcu or -ăscu, which corresponds to the Latin suffix -isus, and means “belong to the people”. For example, Petrescu is the son of Petre.

Similar suffixes, such as -asco, -asgo, -esque, -ez, etc., are present in other Latin-derived languages ​​(remember that Romanian is a Romance language derived from Latin, like Spanish and French).

Many Romanians in France changed this ending of their surnames to -esco, because the way it is pronounced in French better approximates the Romanian pronunciation of -escu.

Another extensive suffix in Romanian surnames is -anu (or -an, -anu), indicating geographical origin. Some examples: Moldoveanu / Moldovanu, “from Moldova”, Munteanu, “from the mountains”, Jianu, “from the Jiu river region”, Pruteanu, “from the Prut river”, Mureşanu, “from the Mureş river”, Petreanu, which It means «son of Petre».

Other suffixes present in Romanian surnames are -aru (or oru, -ar, -or), which indicates an occupation (such as Fieraru, meaning “blacksmith”, Morar, “miller”) and -ei, usually preceded by A. – before a feminine noun, which is a feminine genitive inherited from Latin. Examples, Amariei, which means «of Mary», Aelenei, «of Elena».

These surnames with matrilineal roots are common in the historical region of Moldova. The most common surnames are Pop / Popa (“the priest”). C.so 200,000 Romanians have this last name.

Popescu is also one of the most common surnames in Romania, meaning «son of the priest.» Almost 150,000 Romanians have this surname.

List of the most common Romanian surnames

Adam: Surname English, French, German, Polish, Romanian, Jewish. Derived from the name Adam (or Adam).

Albert: English, French, Catalan, Hungarian, Romanian, German. Derived from the name Albert.

albescu: Derived from the Romanian “alb”, which means “white”.

albu: From “alb”, which in Romanian means “white”.

Alexandrescu: It means «son of Alexandru».

Anghelescu: It means «son of Anghel».

Antonescu: It means «son of Anton».

Ardelean: From the Romanian region of Ardeal, also called Transylvania. It is possibly derived from Hungarian erdowhich means «forest».

they bleat: Means «blonde» in Romanian.

cojocaru: From Romanian limp, which means «sheepskin». This was the professional name for a manufacturer of these coats.

Constantin: From the name Constantin, from Latin roots. Probably due to the Emperor Constantine (272-337). It means strength and firmness.

constantinescu: It means «son of Constantine».

dalca: From Romanian dalcawhich means «lightning».

dumitrescu: It means «son of Dumitru».

Dumitru: Derived from the name Dimitro.

funar: Romanian name meaning «rope maker.»

Gabor: Unknown meaning. possibly from Romanian gaborwho is a working class gypsy.

Grigorescu: It means «son of Grigore».

iliescu: It means «son of Ilie».

ionesco: Ionescu’s variant. The French-Romanian playwright Eugène Ionesco is a famous bearer of this surname.

Ionescu:Smeans «son of Ion».

lungu: From Long County.

lupei: From lup, which in Romanian means «wolf».

Negrescu: Derived from Romanian black, «black». It means «son of a black-haired person.»

nicolescu: It means «son of Nicolae».

petrán: From the Romanian name Petre.

Petrescu: It means «son of Petre».

Popescu: It means «son of the priest». Derived from the Slavic word pop.

Hall: Italian, Spanish, Catalan, Romanian. It means «worker in a manor house».

Şerban: Means «Serbian» in Romanian.

ungur: Romanian form of Ungaro.

Vaduva: From Romanian vãduvãwhich means «widow.»

Vasile: Derived from the name Vasile.

Vasilescu: It means «son of Vasile».

vladimirescu: It means «son of Vladimir».

cresu: Comes from “creţ” = curly hair, “creţul” = the one with curly hair.

Grosu: “Gros” means thick and “grosul”, the thick.

Rosu: It means “red”, and “roşul” means “the red one”.

Dascălu: “Dascăl” means teacher and “dascălul” means “the teacher”.

craioveanu: Craiova is a city in Romania. Craioveanu means “person from Craiova”.

Stoian: Romanian and Bulgarian surname. Derived from the Bulgarian Stoyan.

stoica: It is believed that its meaning is associated with «stoic».

Radu: Surnames beginning with «Rad» are associated with «happy, willing.» Radu was the name of a 13th century ruler of Wallachia.

Enache: It is a name and also a Romanian surname. It is believed to originate from the Hebrew name Menachem, which means «he who comforts.»

mocanú: It is a feminine and masculine Romanian given name, and it is also a surname.

Sandu: Romanian first and last name. It means «defender of humanity.» It is a diminutive of «Alexandru».

Stefan: Last name German, Austrian, Romanian. He originated from Prussia. It derives from the Greek “Stephanos”, which means “crown”. There are many versions of this surname in the Middle Ages associated with the martyr Saint Stephen.

lasso: Last name German, French, Ukrainian, Italian, Romanian. It derives from the Aramaic name Lazarus, which is the Hebrew form of the name Eleazar. The name means «God has helped.»

andrey: Last name Romanian, Russian, French. Variants of the last name Andre, Andrea, Andrée, Andrey, Andress, Andriss, Andri and Anders, derives from the personal name Andrés, which comes from the Greek name Andreas, a derivative of «anderios», which means «manly».

The surname was first recorded in the early 13th century and the forms «Andre» and «Andreu» also originated at that time.

Bogdan: It is a name and also a Romanian surname that means “gift of God”. It is also a common name and surname in Moldova.

olarescu: It means «son of Olaru».

Cosmescu: It means «son of Cosme».

Florescu: It derives from the word “Florea”, which means “flower”, and is a feminine name in Romania. It means «Son of Flower».

Hagi: It is a surname of Persian origin, common in Romania.

iancolescu: It is a common surname, approximately 200,000 people have been registered with this surname in Romania.

joveanu: It means «son of Ivan». Ivan means «Man with divine blessing».

kazaku: It is a Russian surname, also common in Moldova.

Luca: Italian, French, Croatian, Ukrainian, Romanian surname. Derived from the ancient Greek name “Loucas”, meaning “man from Lucania”, formerly a region of Italy.

The Latin form of the name, Lucas, was a great favorite as a personal name in the Middle Ages, due in part to the popularity of Saint Luke the Evangelist.

matei: Romanian surname whose origin is associated with the name Mateo.

blackbeard: Word made up of two words: beardwhich means beard, facial hair, and black, one of the Romanian ways to say black. It means Blackbeard.

Botezatu: It is a surname of religious origin, and means «baptized». It is most common in north-eastern Romania, and is believed to have been the name given to Tatars who converted to the religion and were baptized.

baciu: It is a place name, which can indicate both the river and the town. It is also the Romanian form of “pastor”.

bucur: The word means “joy”, and it is a very common surname in Romania. In the ancient Dacian language, it meant “shepherd”, and legend has it that Bucharest, the capital of Romania, was founded by a shepherd named Bucur.

Fieraru: It means «blacksmith», the one who works the iron.

hatmanu: Very common last name, and alludes to the occupation: it means “general”, military rank.

rusu: It is very common in the area of ​​Moldavia that belonged to Romania. It means «Russian», alluding to the fact that there were many Russian inhabitants there.

ungureanu: Related to Ungur, it alluded to the people who lived in Transylvania, and under the Hungarian occupation, it was extended to mean “Hungarian”.

Barbu: Very common, and means “busy beard”.

pichler: Toponymic to refer to someone who lives on or near a hill.


Romanian Surnames. Retrieved from behindthename.com.

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