- Bulgaria M.L., from Bulgari "Bulgarians," perhaps lit. "the men from the Bolg," the River Volga, upon whose banks they lived until 6c. But the people's name for themselves in O.Bulg. was Blugarinu, according to OED, which suggests a different origin. In other sources, the name is said to be ultimately from Turk. bulga "mixed," in reference to the nature of this people of Turko-Finnish extraction but Slavic language.
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