PETULENGROThe exact meaning of Petulengro in Romany means either ‘horseshoe-fellow’ or ‘tinker’.
Petali or Petala is Greek for horseshoe (derived from the Modern Greek).
Engro is an affix, connected with the Sanskrit ‘kara’ - to make.
‘Bedel’, in Hebrew, means tin, and as there is not much difference between the pronunciation of the two words petul and bedel, so it could translate as ‘tin-worker’ (hence ‘tinker’), or ‘horseshoe-fellow’.
Gypsies are the descendants of a prehistoric people who had been turned into nomads by a geological and/or political catastrophe and had been roaming far and wide ever since.
Gypsies, blacksmiths in the Bronze Age, may have established their production centres in the Western Alps of Europe; from there trading as they roamed, they spread their metalworking among the Celts and other tribes.