THE NAMES OF SETTLEMENTS 
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СЕЛИЩНИТЕ ИМЕНА В БЛАГОЕВГРАДСКИЯ РЕГИОН
THE NAMES OF SETTLEMENTS IN THE REGION OF BLAGOEVGRAD

Author(s): Anna Choleva-Dimitrova
Subject(s): Language studies
Published by: ЮГОЗАПАДЕН УНИВЕРСИТЕТ »НЕОФИТ РИЛСКИ«
Keywords: settlement names; oikonym; oikonym system; personal name; settlers name
Summary/Abstract: The study encompasses the settlement names in the valley of Struma River. The Names are taken from 3 former regions: Blagoevgrad, Petrich, Sandanski. The study is based on written sources only. Special attention is devoted to old records of settlement names. The region was not affected by strong migratory processes during the Otoman rule the way some other regions of Bulgar-ia were; the population in its greater part was Bulgarian and that is why the oikonyms are predomi-nantly Bulgarian in their origin. Studying the old records of settlement names allows to trace the stages in the development of the oikonym system. Even until present days it has preserved many archaic components – rare and dialectic words: Debochitsa, Moshtanets, Suhostrel; names with an-cient origin: Krupnik, Logodash, Mechkul; ancient personal names or nicknames: Kardzhevo, Oshta-va, Hotovo, Tsalim. The names are part of the Bulgarian linguistic heritage.