Romanian Culture

Naming

  • Romanians have a personal name and a family name that can be arranged in either order (e.g. Mihai EMINESCU or EMINESCU Mihai).
  • People typically say the personal name first and the surname last in casual conversation and also in Western societies.
  • The family name is typically used first in formal settings and official contexts.
  • It is customary for women to take their husband’s family name as their own at marriage.
  • It is common for Romanians to be given names that have Christian Orthodox roots.
  • The most common Romanian name is Maria. Other common names include Andrei, David, Alexandru, Gabriel (male) and Elena, Ioana, Andreea, Sofia (female).
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