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Origin and Meaning of Craciun

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The etymology is highly disputed.

Possibly a Bulgarian loanword. Compare dialectal Крачун (Kračun, “winter solstice”, and also a Slavic pagan holiday celebrated at the winter solstice), dialectal Macedonian Крачун (Kračun, “Christmas”), and Slovak Kračún (“winter solstice feast”, dialectally “Christmas”), maybe from Proto-Slavic *korčiti (“to step”, said of the sun becoming “bigger”). However, it is possible that these languages received the word, at least in this sense, from Romanian or a related Eastern Romance language, as Vlach peoples live throughout the Balkans and have been present as far as what is now Slovakia before being assimilated. See also Hungarian karácsony (“Christmas”).

Alternatively, it might be from Latin creātiōnem, accusative of creātiō (“creation, creature”), with the meaning derived from that of the creation or birth of a child, e.g. Jesus' birth on Christmas. Compare the archaic meaning of Spanish criazón (“person or child living in a house under the authority of another”), of the same origin (see crío and criar); compare also Sardinian criatzione (“creation; creature, child”) and Neapolitan criatura (“child”). The Romanian word had an older, archaic meaning of “birth” in church or religious usage, and is also used for the holy image of Christ's birth. See Aromanian Crãciun, which indicates a probable Latin origin for the word.

Other less likely etymologies proposed include:

  • Latin Christī (“Christ's”) followed by an uncertain second root, such as iēiūnium (“fast”); compare Albanian Kërshëndella, from Christī nātāle (“Christ's birth”);
  • Latin (in)carnatiōnem (“incarnation”), crastinum (“tomorrow, the morrow”), or calātiōnem (“calling, summoning”), this one being supported by a number of linguists; see also the Romanian suffix -ciune.
  1. Christmas
  2. A surname​.

Notable Persons With the Last Name Craciun

Gheorghe was born on May 8th, 1950. They breathed their last breath on January 30th, 2007.


Estefanía was born on January 1st, 1987 in Montevideo, Uruguay.


Teodor-Dacian was born on June 6th, 1980 in Socialist Republic of Romania.


Niculae-Cornel was born on July 29th, 1925 in Crucea, Suceava.


Ioana was born on January 4th, 1989 in Trușești, Romania.


Cristian Crăciun is a soccer player for the FC Petrolul Ploiești, FC Astra Giurgiu, and FC Oțelul Galați. Cristian was born on November 16th, 1972 in Galați.


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Popularity of Craciun as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Craciun U.S.
  White 96.77% 64.26%
  African American 0.00% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.26% 16.26%

Of Last Name Craciun

People with the last name Craciun are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Craciun

  • How Popular is the name Craciun? As a last name Craciun was the 64,200th most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Craciun first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Craciun is Monday, October 17th, 1892.
  • How unique is the name Craciun? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Craciun. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Craciun: Your name in reverse order is Nuicarc. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Iccruan. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Craciun? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 310 people with the last name Craciun.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Craciun? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Craciun as their last name since less than 1 person in 909k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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