Name Origin: Two Theories
- The name,
Ungheni, was derived from the Romanian ungher 'corner' or 'nook', which originated due to town’s location in a bend of the River Prut.
There is another Ungheni, which is a border town across the river Prut in Romania. It is part of the Iasi metropolitan area and has only a population
of some 4,300, while the Ungheni, which is in Moldova today, has a population of some 30,000.
- Another legend is that the town’s name originated from a story about a boyar, Vasily Lupu, who lived in Untsesti village of Untsesti.
When Turks kidnapped his daughter, he organized a rescue which was successful. To honor his daughter’s liberation, Lupu built a tavern in the area.
During its construction, workers found a lot of of sheep hooves, which at that time were called
ungi (rum unghie ). The tavern was named
Hooves Inn when translated from Romanian. The town’s name eventually became