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What is the difference between Gypsies and Romanians?

Asked by R. Barnes, Last updated: May 17, 2020

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L. Agate

L. Agate

Answered Oct 11, 2019

The gypsies happen to be the set of nomadic folks that so much move aimlessly around the world; while the Romanians are a set of people that makes up an ethnic group. The Romanians dwell within the borders of the country -Romania, while the gypsies have no specific country they live in, but they are spread around the world as much as they can reach. Though some people do think the gypsies and Romanians are the same, this is totally wrong and unlearned by such people.

It is wrong just to make a generalization of a matter based on a mere sensation without the acquisition of original information. And probably some got it missed up here: the term gypsies can also be referred to as Romanies, but it is different from Romania! The gypsies are believed to come out from Egypt; they have actually been shortly settled in Romania before. Now, they are all across Europe and the globe. They have developed several dialects as a result of this.


Tara Pele

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Tara Pele, Technical Blogger, MCA from New York, New York

Answered Oct 03, 2019

Gypsies and Romanians are two different groups of people. Gypsies are a group of individuals traveling from one place to another with no place of their own. They speak a language called Romany. Romany is known to have many similarities with Hindi. The reason why people use these terms interchangeably is that Gypsies spent quite some time in Romania.

The word “gypsies” is believed to have originated from Egypt as Gypsies once settled in Persia, Egypt. However, Romanians are the native people of Romania living within the border. They are not the same as gypsies. Romanians do not wander around like the Gypsies. They have a place of their one where they call home.


L. Gibson

L. Gibson, Science Professor

Answered Sep 17, 2019

Many people use the words “gypsies” and “Romanians” interchangeably because they think they mean the same thing. However, these words are far from being the same. Gypsies are people that roam from one place or one country to another. They wander. They do not have a place of their own. Another word for is Romany (plural form – Romanise). Romany is the language of the Gypsies. It is an Indo European language which is closely related to Hindi. This is likely the cause of confusion with the word Romanians.

Although history has it that Gypsies spent some time in Romania, it does not make them Romanians. On the other hand, Romanians is an ethnic group of people living within the borders of Romania. They do not wander. Romanians comprise the nation Romania but Gypsies do not have a nation of their own. Hope you find this helpful.


Christian Jackson

Christian Jackson, Content Developer, Austin

Answered Sep 11, 2019

Romanians are an ethnic group who inherently live within the borders of Romania, while Gypsies don't have a specific country in which to live. The Romanian people encompass the nation of Romania while gypsies do not form a nation. Gypsies wander around the world a great deal and have long been dispersed throughout many countries.

They were once believed to have been exiled from Egypt and became an ethnic group themselves. They are more like nomads who travel around and captivate cultures or people of different races into their group. They have developed many unique dialects. Other cultures have come to accept the word gypsy relating to fashion sense.


I. Muller

I. Muller, Math Professor, North Carolina

Answered Sep 03, 2019

Some may think that gypsies and Romanians are the same but they are actually different from each other. Someone may be called a gypsy when she travels from one place to another. She does not have a permanent place to live. The Romanians are those who live in the border of Romania. Romanians are composed of people who are born or have migrated to Romania while gypsies can come from different races.

There may be some Asians who are gypsies because they also wander from place to place. Some people have used the term “gypsy” as a negative thing but with the number of people who are traveling right now, it is not very surprising that people would like to see more of the world.


Anthony Paul Bonadio

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Anthony Paul Bonadio, Teacher, MCA, PhD, Toledo

Answered Aug 27, 2019

Have you ever been called a gypsy and you never knew what the person meant? There are some people who may interchange the Gypsy and Romanian with each other. The Romanians are known to be an ethnic group and they live in the borders of Romania. This means that they are still considered as part of the Romanian nation. The Gypsy is not considered to be a part of a nation.

In fact, there are some people who may judge them because of their lifestyle that is considered to be a bit different from the norm. They tend to travel around and wander. They meet new people along the way. If you are called a gypsy, it is probably because you love to travel.


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