Romani culture

Romani given names

Gadžikano nav, the ‘non-Romani name’, is the official given name of a Romani person appearing in official documents. Since the Roma almost exclusively use the romano nav, the ‘Romani name’, to identify themselves and to address other community members, the function of the gadžikano nav is limited to official situations. The little importance attached to the official given name is well illustrated by the fact that some Romani children do not know their own or their family members‘ gadžikano nav.

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