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Etymology[edit]

The name of București has an uncertain origin: tradition connects the founding of Bucharest with the name of Bucur who was either a prince, an outlaw, a fisherman, a shepherd, or a hunter, according to different legends. In Romanian the word stem bucur means ‘joy’, (“beautiful”)[12] and it is believed to be of Dacian origin.[13]

There are other etymologies given by early scholars, including the one of an Ottoman traveler, Evliya Çelebi, who said that Bucharest was named after a certain “Abu-Kariș”, from the tribe of “Bani-Kureiș”. In 1781, Franz Sulzer claimed that it was related to bucurie (joy), bucuros (joyful) or a se bucura (to become joyful), while an early 19th-century book published in Vienna assumed its name has been derived from “Bukovie”, a beech forest.[14]

The official city name in full is “The Municipality of Bucharest” (Romanian: Municipiul București).

A native or resident of Bucharest is called a “Bucharester” (Romanian: bucureștean).

The city’s name is sometimes confused with that of Budapest in Hungary.[15

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