Societas Classica
“ST. CYRIL AND ST. METHODIUS” UNIVERSITY OF VELIKO TARNOVO - UNIVERSITY PRESS

On the Origin of the Name Kazanlak and the Location of the Town Kran


Authors:
Mariana Minkova Ivan T. Ivanov

Pages: 414-430

Abstract:

The article shed light on the early history of the Ottoman city of Akça Kýzýnlýk, the predecessor of the modern city of Kazanlak, in order to discover the meaning of this name and its possible relationship with the name of the former Bulgarian district town of Krun. Evidence is presented that the city of Krun was located within the territory of today’s town of Kazanlak, near the Kulenska mahala residential district. This conclusion is supported by the linguistic analysis of the semantic rout Kýzýn of Kýzýnlýk, which regularly conveys the name of the medieval Bulgarian town of Krun. The first part of the Ottoman name, Akça “spring, a place rich in potable water”, repeats the meaning of the old Greek name Krunoi “spring”, latter transformed into Bulgarian name Kran.

Keywords:

Akça Kýzýnlýk, etymology, rotacism, Kazanlýk, location of Kran.

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