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Romani people Recent Romani wagon in Grandborough (Grandbourough Fields Road is a popular spot for travelling people) The Romani are an ethnic group living mostly in Europe, who have been traced genetically to a group migrating from the northwestern Indian Subcontinent about 1,500 years ago. Romani are widely known in the English-speaking world by the exonym " Gypsies " (or Gipsies ). They are known collectively in the Romani language as Romane or Rromane (depending on the dialect concerned) and also as Romany , Romanies , Romanis , Roma or Roms . Romani are widely dispersed , with their largest concentrated populations in Europe, especially the Roma of Central and Eastern Europe and Anatolia , followed by the Kale of Iberia and Southern France. The Americas are also home to large numbers of Romani.