The total number of Romani people is at least twice as large (several times as large according to high estimates).
Many Romani are native speakers of the language current in their country of residence, or of mixed languages combining the two; those varieties are sometimes called Para-Romani. It has the variants dom and lom, related with the Sanskrit words dam-pati (lord of the house, husband), dama (to subdue), lom (hair), lomaka (hairy), loman, roman (hairy), romaça (man with beard and long hair).
Another possible origin is from Sanskrit डोम doma [member of a low caste of travelling musicians and dancers].
Sanskrit सिनधु sindhu is a river or stream of water in general.
Brazil also includes some Romani descended from people deported by the government of Portugal during the Inquisition in the colonial era.Tsinganoi, Zigar, Zigeuner), which likely derives from Athinganoi, the name of a Christian sect with whom the Romani (or some related group) became associated in the Middle Ages.Significant Romani populations are found in the Balkans, in some Central European states, in Spain, France, Russia and Ukraine.Several million more Romanies may live out of Europe, in particular in the Middle East and in the Americas.Like the Roma in general, many different ethnonyms are given to subgroups of Roma.