Re: Simona Halep (România)
About this name Halep.
Simona is from Dobrogea a region of Romania that was a lot under Turkish/Ottoman empire rule. Those days in Ottoman army were all kind of people Turkish, Syrian, Arabs etc.
So maybe she has ancestors in the Middle East and as Curcubeu said it’s a very closely name with Aleppo.
But that was hundreds of years ago. She is as as Romanian as anyone else.
In France near the border there are people with German names and vice versa in Germany.
Simona is as Romanian as someone called Popescu or Niculescu.
Begu Dulgheru Niculescu Halep
Cetkovska Voegele Shvedova Paszek Hampton
Olaru Bara A. Bogdan ---Bates Feldenkrais Schneider