Names of the Aromanians

Names Of The Aromanians

Names of the Aromanians

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There are several names of the Aromanians used throughout the Balkans, both autonym (like armân) and exonyms (like Vlach).


The names armân/arumân, just as român/rumân (Romanian), derive directly from Latin Romanus ("Roman") through regular sound changes (see Name of Romania). Adding "a" in front of certain words that begin with a consonant is a regular feature of the Aromanian language.

In Greece variants include arumâni and armâni. An older form of "rumân", was still found in 19th century, in folk songs in Greece. In Albania, the most common form is rămăńi, with occasional forms rumăńi and romăńi.

There's also another form, used especially by the Aromanians of Romania, aromân, which is a modern creation, being a merge between the român form used by the Daco-Romanians and arumân used by the Aromanians in Greece. The form "Aromanian", created by analogy with the word "Romanian", was first used by Gustav Weigand in 1894/1895 to replace terms such as "Macedonian Vlachs" or "Macedo-Romanians".


Vlachs was a term used in the Medieval Balkans, as an exonym of Germanic origin for all the Romanic people of the region, but nowadays, it is commonly used only for the Aromanians and Megleno-Romanians, the Romanians being named Vlachs only in historical context and in Serbia. Greeks also use the name kutsovlach "Limping Vlach".


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