First names may get all of the attention and glory when it comes to baby names, but it’s a surname that can tell a story about a person’s history when it comes right down to it. It’s a significant indicator of a person’s origin and is an essential part of their identity — which is understandably why some women choose not to change their name after marriage. If you’ve ever done a deep dive into your last name and discovered some interesting facts along the way, you may be hungry for more details. Each culture comes with its rich history and naming traditions and may leave you asking some questions. Like, why do Russian last names follow a patronymic convention, how many different peoples do Mexican last names represent, and what are the deeper meanings of the most popular Korean surnames?
Take Romanian last names, for example. They have a fascinating history and contain many surnames with Slavic origins — names you may have heard before. Did you know many notable American writers, scientists, and even celebrities have Romanian roots? Hollywood greats like Winona Ryder, Natalie Portman, and Lauren Bacall also have Romanian roots. Marvel fans may be surprised to learn that a certain bad boy turned superhero falls into that category. Sebastian Stan, who is best known for playing Bucky Barnes, aka the one and only Winter Soldier, was born in Constanta, located in Romania’s southeastern part.
But those are just a few examples of Romania’s rich ancestral lineage. There are a lot of popular Romanian surnames that you may recognize — and even if you don’t, well, it’s still fun to learn about nonetheless, right?
We rounded up the most common Romanian last names and their meanings, but, as you can imagine, the list of names could go on and on. Some are more common than others, but they all have a story to tell and may very well help you to better appreciate your last name, along with its unique and special origins. It’s a big part of what makes you, you. And that is something worth appreciating.
Common Romanian Last Names
Meaning: White (derived from the word “alb”).
Meaning: Romanian iteration of the name Andrew.
Meaning: The Romanian term for the region of Transylvania.
Meaning: Blonde; a town in Romania.
Meaning: Black beard.
Meaning: Bushy beard.
Meaning: God-given, or gift of God.
Meaning: Happiness, delight, or joy.
Meaning: A type of flower.
Meaning: Someone who lives along the river Cazacu.
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Meaning: The betrayed one.
Meaning: Occupational name for a shepherd.
Meaning: The woods.
Meaning: Someone from the Romanian city Craiova.
Meaning: This is the Romanian word for the name Christian, which means “a Christian.”
Meaning: Possessing goodness.
Meaning: Teacher, schoolmaster.
Meaning: Smith, an occupational name for blacksmiths, goldsmiths, etc.
Meaning: Fisherman (in German).
Meaning: Son of Grigore.
Meaning: Thick, coarse, or bulky.
Meaning: This is an occupational last name that means General.
Meaning: Son of Ilie.
Meaning: Son of Ion.
Meaning: “Jordan’s son.”
Meaning: Son of Ivan.
Meaning: From Laurentum
Meaning: Son of Lazar.
Meaning: Light or faint light.
Meaning: Matthew or a gift.
Meaning: Nicholas or victory of the people.
Meaning: Son of Nicolae.
Meaning: Son of Olaru.
Meaning: Priest or pastor.
Meaning: People who live near a hill.
Meaning: Defender of humanity.
Meaning: A common surname and also the last name of a famous saint. It means venerable.
Meaning: Weaver or stems from German origins.
Meaning: Sapphire, which is the name for a jeweler.
Meaning: Portray or depict.
Romanian Vampire Last Names
Did you know Dracula is from Transylvania, which is in Romania? These surnames below could have very well been his last name! So, if you’re looking for a Romanian last name with a spooky and immortal ring to it, try these vampire-inspired surnames.
Meaning: River of woe or sorrow.
Meaning: Dairy farm.
Meaning: Dweller by the bean field.
Meaning: “Son of.”
Meaning: Dark red color.
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