Hello Sr. Drake,
Thank you for your interest and responding to this thread, in which we are discussing not only the origin of the word Rom, also the people of this name.
The following is a quote from a review by Wallia of Dr Rishi’s research, which throws in a Punjabi word for the Rom name, as well as ones I have mentioned before. ( In Romany
rom means “men” or “husband”, and have heard it as a “rh” sound not a “d.”)
“Fonseca errs in stating that the Gypsy designation for themselves as Roma is derived from Dom, one of the outcaste tribes in India…Roma is a variation of “ramante,” a Punjabi word meaning moving, wandering. This etymology is cogently discussed in W.R. Rishi’s book “ROMA: The Panjabi Emigrants in Europe, second edition” published in 1996 by Punjabi University, Patiala, Punjab, India.” This is Wallia’s review of Rishi’s book.
The 1992 study I mentioned did in fact rule out Domba caste, but that was only one study. More studies are needed, to find the origins of Proto-Roma. Thank you for your book reference, I will review it later to see what evidence it cites, if not the same old sources.
Didn’t he write origin of the Picts too, in that series?
If someone would like to provide a molecular genetics article on Domba = Rom , I would be happy to read and review it but as such I am not personally aware of any. For the time being
I have provided to this discussion genetic evidence pointing to Jatt and Punjab. With advances in modern medicine and studies involving differing sensitivities to pharmaceuticals and screening of genetically-linked illnesses, this sort of thing is highly relevant. As in you wouldn’t want to take Group X’s medicine when you were in Group Y! Molecular genetics is highly relevant to the studies of human origins. Who knows what we will find in the future?
I did in fact mention the Kaladeiva (sp.) article that Hancock quoted in my first article—>
“A multilocus analysis of genetic data by Kalaydjieva Crahell, Gresham, pointed to NW India Rajput and Punjab for a wide number of Pan-European Rom populations.”
The hocus-pocus sites I were referring to were sites that claim romanian only origin as well as ludicrous stuff involving mythological b.s and lousy interpretations of the Hebrew bible!
Have a nice day!