43 Common Romanian Surnames

ADAM English, French, German, Polish, Romanian, Jewish
Derived from the given name ADAM.
ALBERT English, French, Catalan, Hungarian, Romanian, German
Derived from the given name ALBERT.
ALBESCU Romanian
Derived from Romanian alb meaning “white”.
ALBU Romanian
From Romanian alb meaning “white”.
ALEXANDRESCU Romanian
Means “son of ALEXANDRU”.
ANGHELESCU Romanian
Means “son of ANGHEL”.
ANTONESCU Romanian
Means “son of ANTON”.
ARDELEAN Romanian
From the Romanian region of Ardeal, also called Transylvania. It is possibly derived from Hungarian erdő meaning “forest”.
BĂLAN Romanian
Means “blond” in Romanian.
CIOBANU Romanian
From Romanian cioban meaning “shepherd”.
COJOCARU Romanian
From Romanian cojoc meaning “sheepskin coat”. This was an occupational name for a maker of these coats.
CONSTANTIN Romanian
From the given name CONSTANTIN.
CONSTANTINESCU Romanian
Means “son of CONSTANTIN”.
DALCA Romanian
Meaning uncertain.
DUMITRESCU Romanian
Means “son of DUMITRU”.
DUMITRU Romanian
Derived from the given name DUMITRU.
FUNAR Romanian
Means “rope maker” in Romanian.
GHEORGHE Romanian
Derived from the given name GHEORGHE.
GRIGORESCU Romanian
Means “son of GRIGORE” in Romanian.
ILIESCU Romanian
Means “son of ILIE”.
IONESCO Romanian
Variant of IONESCU. French-Romanian playwright Eugène Ionesco (1909-1994), born Ionescu, is a famous bearer of this surname.
IONESCU Romanian
Means “son of ION (1)” in Romanian.
LUNGU Romanian
Romanian cognate of LONG.
LUPEI Romanian
Variant of LUPU.
LUPU Romanian
From Romanian lup meaning “wolf”.
MATEI Romanian
Derived from the given name MATEI.
NEGRESCU Romanian
Patronymic derived from Romanian negru “black”.
NICOLESCU Romanian
Means “son of NICOLAE”.
PETRAN Romanian
From the Romanian given name PETRE.
PETRESCU Romanian
Means “son of PETRE” in Romanian.
POP Romanian
Variant of POPA.
POPA Romanian
From Romanian popă “priest”, from Slavic pop.
POPESCU Romanian
Patronymic derived from Romanian popă “priest”.
RADU Romanian
From the given name RADU.
SALA Italian, Spanish, Catalan, Romanian
Occupational name for a worker at a manor house, from the Romance word sala meaning “hall, large room”, of Germanic origin.
ȘERBAN Romanian
Means “a Serb” in Romanian.
STAN Romanian
Derived from the given name STAN (2).
STOICA Romanian
From Romanian stoic meaning “stoic, impassive”.
UNGUR Romanian
Romanian form of UNGARO.
VĂDUVA Romanian
From Romanian văduvă meaning “widow”.
VASILE Romanian
Derived from the given name VASILE.
VASILESCU Romanian
Means “son of VASILE”.
VLADIMIRESCU Romanian
Means “son of VLADIMIR”.

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