Frequently, when hearing about Moldova, strangers think about Maldive. To exclude any risk of taking the wrong ticket for your voyage, Trip Moldova decided to turn light upon the etymology of the name “Moldova”.
This is a debatable topic even among researchers and historiographers. Therefore, there are many theories regarding the origin of the name “Moldova”. According to historians, the etymology of the word “Moldova” is inspired from a national legend. It says that once upon a time, the voivode Dragoș, went in a hunt, looking for wisents. Suddenly their first animal appeared from the forest and Dragos, together with his barker Molda ran after the wisent, till they got close to a river. The enraged dog darted at the animal. But not only was the wisent injured by the arrows and fell in the river, but also Molda, who drowned. From that day, in her honor, the river was called “Molda”. Furthermore, from that times, the country’s blazon was initially a bison head (Bos taurus primigenius). As the animal has early disappeared, the emblem was exchanged with the aurochs head.
Moreover, others believe that the word is derived from the word “spruce” (“molid” in Romanian). Long ago, the area of the river Moldova was surrounded by spruce.
While giving these explanations that are strongly connected to the river Moldova, we should summarize by saying that its waters flow from the mountains to the regions of field. Therefore, it could be reasonable to assume that the name of “Moldova” can also be comprehended as “the water/the river” that bathes the soils that belong to Dacians.
Another idea is that the name comes from the Dacian words “molta” (which is “multum” in Latin) and “dava” (citadel or water “acva->ava->dava”). Combined, these words create the term “Muldava”. At this point it’s obviously that a lot of citadels have been built on Dacia’s territory.
Now, let’s get back to our days and assume that there is a small problem concerning the right recognition of the territories having almost the same name. According to the Encyclopedia “Cugetarea”, strangers recognize Moldova under various names, such as Moldau, Moldavie, Moldavia. It can also figure as “Ruso-Vlahia”, which is “the Romanian country heading towards Russia”, analogue to “Ungro-Vlahia” – the Romanian country heading towards Hungarians.
It’s also important to stress out that strangers use “Moldavia” and “Moldau” for the respective region in Romania. For the Republic of Moldova, are used the names “Moldova” and “Moldowien” (in German).
Well, regardless which explanation you liked most, there is always the possibility of learning more. And a trip to the Republic of Moldova could make all your doubts or questions vanish!