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OTHER SCRIPTS: Адыгэ Хэку (Adyghe), Черкесия (Russian), ჩერქეზეთი (Georgian), شيركاسيا (Arabic)
Meaning & History
Derived from a a Latinization of the name Cherkess
(spelled as Çerkes
in modern Turkish), which is the Turkic name for the Adyghe people, the indigenous people that inhabited the area. Circassia was a region in the Caucasus, bordering the Black Sea. Today, it is split into the Russian republics of Adygea
, parts of Ossetia
, and the Krasnodar