What's in a name?
What's in a name? I am sure almost everyone has come along
with this question. It is for sure that for different
reasons there were different concerns when everyone thought
for an answer. As for my point of view concerning the
answer for this question, I have two different approaches.
The first one is the etymological reasoning for naming
a place or a person. An etymological given name has natural
effects on the place or the person named. In other words,
the name and the Mother Nature form such a harmony that
both of them form the being of the place or the person.
Such as, let's think of a place called withering heights.
The etymological approach is obvious here but eventually
a question rises along with the name and the place. The
question: Where is the starting point? The withering heights
are withering because it was called that way or just because
they wither with the blowing wind. This is just a simple
example to give you an idea of how I see it.
second approach is the good old historical names given
to a place or a person. There are many examples such as
Istanbul was previously called Constantinople. It is a
name given by one of the emperors or padishas that ruled
the empire by pointing out the importance of the historical
character. This is a perfect example of an historical
approach of a given name. However, The same city had been
conquered many other emperors and padishas through out
the city I live and was born in is called Istanbul. It
is an amazing part of the world where the two continents
meet with a fabulous characteristic of landscape and people,
when you go inside and experience it, you will not be
able to compare it to any other place on earth. It has
been the source of inspiration through out the years.
Istanbul is a metropolitan that has all the characteristics
of any city in the world. There are people from all parts
of the world with any religion, race, or nation. They
are Istanbulians as long as they consider themselves from
Istanbul and more to come will consider this in the bright
future of this city, which is about to become the spiritual
center for all the religions, belief and inspiration consisting
of all kinds of energies to find in separate parts or
in complete. After people invent these energies they are
able to carry it with them to give it to others at thousands
of meeting places of all kinds. The people who live in
Istanbul characterize their lives however they want to
live in it. For some it is gettling and others approach
is that there is only one Istanbul on earth. As for my
point of view Istanbul has everything I look for in a
metropolitan and I can say it is my kind of place.
I asked myself; what is in the name Istanbul? I have a
complete etymological approach, which is based on facts
of my own. In fact it is an idea of my perception of etymological
approach. The name Istanbul consists of two Turkish words:
"-istan" and "-bul" and they both
lead to other meanings of words. "-istan" or
"-stan" is usually found in the given name of
countries such as Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, and etc. "Bul"
is a verb that is derived from "Bulmak" which
means, "to find" in English. I think the last
conqueror pointed out the fact that all the people living
in this city were given a mission by him. It was to find
other countries and conquer them and most of them ended
with "-stan" or "-istan". It is for
sure that to conquer means another word in Turkish but
in the historical times the emperors and padishas were
to find these places at first and then conquer them because
all the people of those times were unaware of today's
modern maps and information highways such as Internet,
television programs or newspapers delivered from different
parts of the world. The troops or man with weapons, like
bow and arrow would go out to many different directions
and look for lands of importance, wealth, and beauty.
It was found for the emperors or the padishas and then
it would be conquered. I say this was the motivation and
the conqueror believed there were many more to be found.
you bring yourself to Istanbul and conquer the love of
inspiration to bring out the best in you.
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