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Romanian surnames

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Many Romanian surnames have the suffix -escu or (less commonly) -aşcu which corresponds to the Latin suffix -iscus and means "belonging to the people". For example, Petrescu used to be Petre's son. Similar suffixes such as -asco, -asgo, -esque, -ez, etc. are present in other Latin-derived languages.

Many Romanians in France changed this ending of their surnames to -esco, because the way it is pronounced in French better approximates the Romanian pronunciation of -escu. Other suffixes are -eanu (or -an, -anu), which indicates the geographical origin and -aru (or -oru), which indicates an occupation.

The most common surnames are Popa ("the priest")—almost 200,000 Romanians have this surname[34]—Popescu ("son of the priest") —almost 150,000 have this name[34]— and Ionescu ("John's (Ion's) son").
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