What Are Some Female Gypsy Names?

Photo by Tara Denny/Moment/Getty Images

A few female Romani (Gypsy) names are Lala, Mala and Dooriya. Romani names are similar to names in Hindi, Punjabi and Bengali demonstrating the Romani’s Indo-Aryan origins.

Although there are several dialects and mixed languages of the Romani, many words in their lexicon are similar to those in Sanskrit (Hindi and Punjabi) and Persian. Lala is Persian for “tulip,” Hindu prayer beads are Mala and Dooriya is derived from the Persian word for “sea.” Traditionally, the Romani are nomadic people and often adopted local names for their children. Therefore, a Romani girl named Emma is as common as any other girl in the U.S.