Type Political Subdivision
Scripts Чăваш Ен (Chuvash), Чувашия (Russian)
Other Forms FormsChăvash En (Chuvash), Chuvashiya (Russian)
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Contributor Contrib.highexpectasians on 7/27/2016
Derived from the name Chuvash, referring to the indigenous Turkic ethnic group originally inhabiting the area. The etymology of the name Chuvash is disputed; there are three main theories of its origin. The first suggests that the name is derived from Oghur Suvar meaning "Sabir", referring to the ethnic group thought to be the ultimate ancestors of the modern Chuvash people. The second states that Chuvash is derived from Common Turkic jăvaš meaning "friendly, peaceful". The third suggests ties to the name Tabghach meaning "Tuoba", referring to the Xianbei clan of ancient China. Chuvashia is a federal subject of Russia.