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The most popular boys' names over time in Romania, but also in 2024


The most popular boys' names over time in Romania, but also in 2024

Boys' names are of great importance, and choosing a name is always an important decision for parents. Whether they opt for traditional names, names from the Bible, rare names or saints' names, a child's name carries with it a meaning and tradition that can influence their destiny and personality. In this article, we explore the most popular boy names in Romania and their meaning.

It should be noted that name preferences may vary from region to region and from family to family. The popularity of names can also be influenced by cultural and social trends, but traditional and religious names often remain popular choices in Romania.

Traditional Romanian Boy Names

Here are some examples of Romanian boys' names, traditional in our country, with "historical attestation":

  • Mihai (ruler Michael the Brave, who lived between 1558-1601)
  • Stefan (ruler Stefan the Great, who lived between 1438-1504)
  • Bogdan (ruler Bogdan I, who lived from about 1307-1367)
  • Radu (the ruler Radu the Handsome, who lived in the period ca. 1437, 1439-1475)
  • Dragos (ruler Dragos I, who lived in the 1300s)
  • Mircea (ruler Mircea the Elder, who lived between 1355-1418)
  • Vlad (ruler Vlad Tepes 1431-1476).
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Biblical boys names

Some examples of Bible-inspired boy names are: Adam, Daniel, David, Jacob, Ilie, Joseph, Peter, Pavel, Timothy, etc.

Boy names of Orthodox saints:

  • Vasile - Saint Basil, celebrated in the Orthodox Christian calendar on January 1
  • John - St. John the Baptist, who baptized Jesus in the Jordan River, celebrated on January 7
  • Gheorghe - Saint George, celebrated by the Orthodox on April 23
  • Constantin - of Saints Constantine and Helen celebrated on May 21
  • Peter - Saints Peter and Paul on June 29
  • Pavel - Saints Peter and Paul on June 29
  • Ilie - Saint celebrated on July 20
  • Dumitru or Dimitrie - Saint celebrated on October 26
  • Mihai - Saints Michael and Gabriel, 8 November
  • Gavril/Gabriel - Saints Michael and Gabriel, 8 November
  • Andrei - St. Andrew's Day celebrated according to the Orthodox Christian calendar on 30 November
  • Nicolae - Saint Nicholas, December 6
  • Stefan - St. Stephen, 27 December

Below is a selection of boys' names, most often found in contemporary Romania, names with tradition and that we meet around us every day.

Names of boys beginning with the letter A

Names of boys beginning with the letter B

Names of boys beginning with the letter C

Names of boys beginning with the letter D

Names of boys beginning with the letter E

Names of boys beginning with the letter F

Names of boys beginning with the letter G

Names of boys beginning with the letter H

Names of boys beginning with the letter I

Names of boys beginning with the letter L

Names of boys beginning with the letter M

Names of boys beginning with the letter N

Names of boys beginning with the letter O

Names of boys beginning with the letter P

Names of boys beginning with the letter R

Names of boys beginning with the letter S

Names of boys beginning with the letter T

Names of boys beginning with the letter V

Writing this article, I realized that the available palette of boys' names is much, much poorer than that of girls' names, and in our country there are no or very few traditional boys' names starting with the letters B, J, U, X, Z.

Rare boy names

In recent years, there has been a trend of "importing" boys' names from other peoples, rare boys' names, which are encountered with less frequency in our country:

  • Amos
  • Aris
  • Armand
  • Dominic
  • Elias
  • Francisc
  • Ilan
  • Marc
  • Mario
  • Noah
  • Raul
  • Roman
  • Romeo
  • Patrick
  • Sasha
  • Zian

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