Stop the Confusion! Romanians are not the same as Roma or Rroms

Roxana Anton

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Being a Romanian who currently lives in Western Europe, I too often have to face people's ignorance in what concerns Romanian people on one hand, and Rrom or Roma people, on the other.

Romanians and Rroms are not the same people. They are two ethnic groups of extremely different people. They are different in everything.

The Romanian people, currently living the most in the country Romania, in Eastern Europe, which has the largest area of the Carpathians Mountains and a large extension of the Danube river, that flows into the Black Sea through the second-largest Delta in Europe.

As you can see in the following images, Romania is one of the most beautiful countries in the world and has been heavily promoted by personalities like Prince Charles of Great Britain, or the famous TV producer Charley Ottley in his BBC documentary series Wild Carpathia, that are free to see on platforms like youtube.

Image Source: Romania, Transfagarasan by

Here's more true information about Romania, in Charley Otteley's documentaries:

Also, Bucharest (București) is the capital of Romania, not Budapest (that is the capital of Hungaria, a distinct country from Romania).

Coming back to the Romanian and Rrom people, let's find out why they are distinct ethnic groups of people, as history teaches.

The Romanian people occupy the territories of Romania and its surroundings, from the most ancient times.

There is proof that the Romanian people, actually the Dacians in very ancient times, were related to the Thracians. They occupied a large, powerful country called Dacia, from the Paleolithic and the oldest times in the world.

Dacia corresponds to today's Romania, but it was much more extended.

As of today's new research, the Dacian people were speaking a language that was related to the Latin language of the Roman Empire.

There are many testimonies that Romans, emperors like Traian when coming to Dacia to fight, could speak to Dacian kings and people without needing translation.

Much other evidence testifies that the Romanian (or Dacian) people lived in today's Romania territory from the most ancient times, thousands of years before Christ and before the wars that allowed the Roman Empire to conquer Dacia, and transform part of it into a Roman province.

The numerous archeological evidence on Romania's territory and outside of Romania attest that the Romanian or Dacian people lived there and created a great civilization, contemporary to the Roman empire, if not older.

As for the Roma or Romani people, the confusion is easy because of the similar names.

History studies show that the Romani people, also referred to depending on the sub-group as Roma, Sinti or Sindhi, or Kale is a Eurasian ethnic group, who live primarily in Europe. They originated in the Indian subcontinent and left sometime between the 1st century AD - 2nd century AD, as Traders, and settled in Roman Egypt, eventually settling in Europe, the Byzantine Empire.

In the Romani language "Roma" means "a person or people".

Many also believe that Gypsies are descendants of Traders from the Vaishya caste, who left the Indian subcontinent in 1st century AD - 2nd century AD, via Indo-Roman trade relations, and settled in Roman Egypt at Berenice Troglodytica. At the time of the Arab–Byzantine wars, they moved west with their families as Camp followers with the Arabs into the Byzantine Empire, after the Battle of Akroinon, they settled in Phrygia.

Genetic evidence identifies an Indian origin for Roma. Genetic evidence connects the Romani people to the descendants of groups that emigrated from the Indian subcontinent towards Roman Egypt during the 1st century AD - 2nd century AD.(source: Wikipedia)

The Roma or Gypsies live today in many areas of Europe and the entire world.

The 5th World Romany Congress in 2000, organized in part by the Indian Government, issued an official declaration of the Romany non-territorial nation.

In today's Romania (the Eastern European country), the Rroms or Roma or Gypsies is one of the largest ethnic minority groups in Romania. According to the 2011 census, they numbered 621,573 people (ie 3% of the total population).

According to the same census, the total population in today's Romania is about 16,792,868 people, and the Rroms or Gypsies are only a minority of 3%.

The rests are Hungarians and others, but the majority of 89% of the Romanian people are descendants of the old Dacians.

Last but not least, here are two pictures that clearly show how different are the traditional clothes between the two ethnics groups of people:

Romanian Woman in traditional clothes, source:

Rromani or Gypsy Woman in traditional clothes, source:

Everything is different between the two people: traditional clothes and occupations, language, religion, lifestyle, etc, as it is normal to be, as their origins are very different.

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