Toponymy and Its Role in Emphasysing Landscape Dynamics

Cristina Mihalteanu


The present work contains an analysis of the Southern Dobruja’s toponyms, proving the permanent existence in this region of an autochtonous population, dating from the times of Getae and the Romans and to this day, irrespective of the domination oppressing them. The elements of the natural environment were reflected in the toponymy, some of the localities borrowing their names from the characteristics of the relief or of the geological features of the land. Most of the toponyms in Southern Dobruja are of Turkish origin, bearing diversified meanings, sometimes being the names of the settlers, of the prevailing economic activities or human specificity.


toponimy, Turkish language, Ottoman domination, Southern Dobruja


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