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Istanbul, Meaning of the Name?
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1.       longinotti1
1090 posts
 02 Apr 2007 Mon 06:07 am

Ist and Bul are both common Turkish verb roots (istmak and bulmak, to want and to find)

does the name of the city signify some combination of these two ideas?

2.       natiypuspi
435 posts
 02 Apr 2007 Mon 06:32 am

According to Wikipedia, the name Istanbul comes from the greek "is-tan-polís" (to go to the city).

3.       gezbelle
1542 posts
 02 Apr 2007 Mon 06:46 am

it is derived from the greek terms "Ης την Πόλη" (is tin poli) or "στην Πόλη" (stin poli or stimboli) which means "in the city" or "to the city".

4.       TeresaJana
304 posts
 02 Apr 2007 Mon 07:07 am

I thot it Istanbul ...shortened in such a way from the original name Constantinople (however its spelled.) that some meaning of the word was kept. Is there any significance?

5.       longinotti1
1090 posts
 02 Apr 2007 Mon 07:31 am

Canstantinople from the latin "Constantine Polis", was Constantines City. The Roman Emporer than moved his capital from Rome to Byzantium, the original greek name of the city. (If that history isn't exact I apologize, maybe it was an Eastern capitol of Rome)

But It could be a contraction of "Konstantiopolis".

All your answers have the "a ring of truth". But I wonder why the Turks would have based its name on Greek words. Lets see what the others say.

6.       gezbelle
1542 posts
 02 Apr 2007 Mon 09:15 am

"constantinople" (city of constantine) is the english version, "konstantinoupolis" is the greek version, "constantinopolis" is the latin version.

you can have a look at these sites for a few explanations:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Names_of_Istanbul
http://snailstales.blogspot.com/2006/05/anatolian-toponymy-2-from.html

apparently the ottomans heard the greeks say "is tin poli" (to the city) often and started using it as a name. but there were many many other names used for the city as well.

from the wikipedia link...
"After the creation of the Turkish Republic in 1923, the various alternative names besides İstanbul became obsolete in Turkish. In an edict of March 28, 1930, the Turkish authorities officially requested foreigners to cease referring to the city with their traditional non-Turkish names (such as Constantinople) and to adopt İstanbul as the sole name also in the foreign languages."

7.       longinotti1
1090 posts
 02 Apr 2007 Mon 09:42 am

OK, I read the references. Thank you!

8.       Broken
2 posts
 02 Apr 2007 Mon 11:18 am

I remember that it was İslam + bol = (there are) many muslims.

After Byzantium, Muslim people became majority.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Names_of_Istanbul#.C4.B0slambol

9.       SunFlowerSeed
841 posts
 02 Apr 2007 Mon 01:47 pm

Names of İstanbul

I don't know if there is another city in the world called with different names as many as İstanbul. Thanks to its rich
history.

From Wikipeida:

İstanbul is called with different names in those languages.

* Greek: Vizantion, Stampoli
* Latin: Bizantium, Antoninya, Alma Roma, Nova Roma
* Rumca/Old Greek?: Konstantinopolis, Istinpolin, Megali Polis, Kalipolis
* Slavic: Çargrad, Konstantingrad
* Hebrew:Kushta
* Viking: Miklagord
* Armenian: Vizant, Stimbol, Esdambol, Eskomboli
* Arabic: Bizantiya, el-Mahsura, Kustantina el-uzma
* Seldjuk Language: Konstantiniyye, Mahrusa-i Konstantiniyye, Stambul
* Ottoman Language: Dersaadet, Deraliyye, Mahrusa-i Saltanat, Istanbul, Islambol, Darü's-saltanat-ı Aliyye, Asitane-i Aliyye, Darü'l-Hilafetü 'l Aliye, Payitaht-ı Saltanat, Dergâh-ı Mualla, Südde-i Saadet, Kostantiniyye ( قسطنطينيه )

It is written differenlty in those languages now.
* Spanish : Estambul
* Hungarian : Isztambul
* Litvanian : Stambulas
* Lethuanian : Stambula
* Albanian : Stambolli
* Galic : Iostanbúl
* Loglanca: Konstantinupol/No idea where this language is being spoken
* Lazca/Greek dialect ???: Poli

10.       sophie
2712 posts
 02 Apr 2007 Mon 04:24 pm

Quoting SunFlowerSeed:


I don't know if there is another city in the world called with different names as many as İstanbul. Thanks to its rich history.

From Wikipeida:

İstanbul is called with different names in those languages.

* Greek: Vizantion, Stampoli
* Rumca/Old Greek?: Konstantinopolis, Istinpolin, Megali Polis, Kalipolis
...............................................
* Lazca/Greek dialect ???: Poli



Most of the greek definitions are wrong here. There is no such word as 'Stampoli' in greek and the rest of them are just words that could someone use to describe Istanbul or any other city. "Megali Polis" could be used for Athens or Rome or any other big city in the world as well. As for 'Kalipolis' this is the greek name for Gelibolu.

Vyzantion, is the word for Byzantium and it is used only to describe the whole byzantin empire and that same period in history.

Istanbul, as Gezbelle very well explained, is from the greek words 'ΕΙΣ ΤΗΝ ΠΟΛΗ' (is tin poli), which mean 'to the City'. 'Polis' or 'Poli' have been the short ways for Greek people to call Istanbul from the times that it was called Constantinoupolis.

As for the city with the most variations of its name (not just descriptions or adjectives), some say that it is Thessaloniki (Selanik in turkish) with over 13.

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