Kaphatta-e nevét a váci Burgundia német telepesekről?

  • Zoltán Dóra
Kulcsszavak: városrésznév, Vác, Burgundia, német telepesek, történeti helynévkutatás


Could Burgundia, a southern district of the town of Vác, have received its name from German settlers?

Burgundia, as the name of a district or a street, can be found in several settlements in Hungary. Despite prevailing assumptions, the true origin of the name is still obscure. On the basis of the findings of Ignác Tragor, an early 20th century researcher of local history, the Burgundia of the town of Vác is often connected by scholars to the German newcomers who settled in Hungary during the reigns of Géza and St. Stephen. Since at that time German settlers had not yet arrived in the town of Vác, this explanation is highly unlikely. After the Mongol invasion of the country (1241–42) and especially after the Turkish occupation of Hungary (1541–1686/99), however, Germans did immigrate to Vác, but settled down in the northern part of the town. This quarter was known as Német város ‘German town’, whilst the district inhabited by Hungarians was called Magyar város ‘Hungarian town’. The downtown Burgundia was established by parcelling its land out in the last third of the 18th century, by which time the Hungarian and the German populations in the districts of the town had been exchanged, resulting in the German inhabitants’ living in the southern quarter of Vác. Relying on this fact, the author concludes that in Vác the name Burgundia might have connections with German settlers, though further evidence is required to gain certainty.

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