ROMANI trace their origins to medieval India.

ROMANI trace their origins to medieval India.

Romani people, an ethnic group with origins in South Asia who are widely dispersed with their largest concentrated populations in Europe, especially Central and Eastern Europe, with more recent diaspora populations in the Americas and, to a lesser extent, in North Africa and the Middle East.

The Romani also Romany, Romanies, Romanis, Roma or Roms; exonym: Gypsies; Romani: Romane or Rromane,are an ethnic group living mostly in Europe, who trace their origins to medieval India.

The English term Gypsy originates from the Greek word Αιγύπτιοι Aigyptioi, whence modern Greek γύφτοι gifti in the belief that the Romanies, or some other Gypsy groups such as the Balkan Egyptians, originated in Egypt, and in one narrative were exiled as punishment for allegedly harboring the infant Jesus.This exonym is sometimes written with capital letter, to show that it designates an ethnic group.

As described in Victor Hugo's novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame, the medieval French referred to the Romanies as egyptiens. The term has come to bear pejorative connotations. The word "Gypsy" in English has become so pervasive that many Romani organizations use it in their own organizational names.

In North America, the word "Gypsy" is commonly used as a reference to lifestyle or fashion, and not to the Romani ethnicity. The Spanish term gitano and the French term gitan may have the same origin

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