What’s in a Name?

The early membership records of the Society Farsarotul provide us with a great deal of information, including place of birth, parents’ names, and year of membership. I have combed through these early records at length; for me, one of the most interesting things about them is also one of the most obvious: the given names of our ancestors.

Have you ever considered an ethnic name for your newborn but been unable to find one that would not bring him or her to tears at age 13? The lists below were compiled from early membership forms in the Society’s archives. Included (in parentheses) are some common nicknames and variants alongside the more formal versions. Happy reading — and bet we all share a Costanda or two in our past!

Female names

Aglaiea Ecaterina Maria (Marina) Tereza
Alexa (Lexa) Eftihia             ( Marica) Thomaida
Andronica (Nica) Elena Migdala Valeria
Anastasia (Sia) Epa Minca Vanghelitsa
Angelina (Angela) Eugenia (Gena) Nula Vanthia
Anna Eudoxia Olga Vasilichia (Vasila)
Athina Euridichi Olympia (Olymbia)                    (Chia)
Aurica Fanica                  ( Bia) Veronica
Caliopi Florica Parascheva Vichea
Chiratsa Gianula Pinelopie Victoria
Costanda Gramata (Mata) Rincea Violeta
Despa Haida Sofia Zaha
Dimcea Hrisula (Sula) Sperantsa Zoitsa
Domnica Louisa Steriana Zorica
Doxia Lucia Sultana


Male names

Ahilea Damu Leonida Stefan
Andreia Dimitrie Margarit Tache (Taki)
Athanas (Nashu) Dionisie Miciu Tegu
                (Tashu) Epaminonda Mihail Teodor
Apostol (Toli) Fotu Modi Tolia
Aristede Gheorghe Nicolae Tomache
Christu Grigorie Panayot Traian
Costandine (Costa) Haralambie Pandely (Pandu) Tusha
                     (Dina) Ilia Pericle Vanghel
                     (Dincu) Ioan (Ianni) Petra Vasil
Cocu          (Nacu) Pulea Zissa
Costica (Tica)          (Iancu) Sotir Ziva
Costel          (Iannaki) Spiru
Ciulica Lazaru Sterghiu


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