Another common designation of the Romani people is Cingane (alt.
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.
The Romani people are mainly called by non-Romani ethnic Brazilians as ciganos.
Most of them belong to the ethnic subgroup Calés (Kale), of the Iberian peninsula.
The feminine of Rom in the Romani language is Romni.
However, in most cases, in other languages Rom is now used for people of both genders.
The total number of Romani people is at least twice as high (several times as high according to high estimates).