Submitted Place Name Revision History

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3/3/2020, 9:41 PM Mike C
10/4/2016, 7:31 PM HL
9/29/2016, 9:56 AM Alex v

Name Bucharest
Type Settlement
Usage English
Other Forms FormsBucurești (Romanian)
Edit Status Status2a. listed usages are verified

Meaning & History

Meaning uncertain. Traditional etymologies state that the city's name is derived from Bucur, the name of a prince, outlaw, fisherman, shepherd, or hunter (depending on the specific legend), whose name is derived from Romanian bucurie meaning "joy, happiness", probably of Dacian origin. Another theory states that its name is from Abu-Kariș, which is from the tribe name Bani-Kureiș. It could also be from bucurie "joy", bucuros "joyful", or a se bucura "to become joyful" or from the name of Bukovie, a beech forest. Bucharest is Romania's capital and largest city.
Added 9/29/2016 by Alex v