Mircha: does it exist as a Russian or a Caucasian name?
Thread poster: Elisa Comito

Elisa Comito  Identity Verified
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Sep 20, 2011

Good morning everybody!

A publisher I work for has posed me this question and I ask it on this forum as I think that you surely know the answer, at least regarding the name's diffusion in Russia.

One of the heros of a novel, a muslim Caucasic (lak) man living in Siberia, is called Mircha. I translated the book (written in English by a U.S. author) and a collegue who knows Russian is now taking care of the translitteration of the names, from the American way to the "scientific" one. But she raised the problem of the name Mircha, which she thinks doesn't exist in Russia. Is that so? I ask because there are names which, even if they are not originary of a place, come into use (the book is contemporary and this man has a certain age, so he would have been given the name around 1930-1940). She found a similiar Caucasic name, Mirchat with the final "t".

What do you think? Is Mircha used in Russia or in the Caucasic area or, to choose a used name, we should in fact change it to Mirchat or something else?

Thank you,

Elisa

P.S. Obviously before changing the name we would ask the author's opinion but first I would like to have yours.


 

Yuri Dubrov  Identity Verified
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must be МИРХАТ / Mirhat Sep 20, 2011

Mircha or Mircea is a Romanian given name, a form of the South Slavic name Mirče ( Мирче) that derives from the Slavic word mir.

 

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thanks Sep 20, 2011

Yuri Dubrov wrote:

Mircha or Mircea is a Romanian given name, a form of the South Slavic name Mirče ( Мирче) that derives from the Slavic word mir.


Thank you, Yuri. So there are Russians with this name? Is it written in both ways (when you use the latin alphabet, I mean), Mircha and Mircea? Is the "e" felt in pronounciation? I ask this to understand how it would sound in Italian, for example in the Romanian Mircea it is pronounced while if I write Mircha the sound is different (for an Italian reader).

Elisa


 

Elisa Comito  Identity Verified
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or perhaps... Sep 20, 2011

..you meant that you would write Mirhat using the latin alphabet (but the sound of the "h" is "ch")? In any case I'll give your answer to the collegue!

 

Yuri Dubrov  Identity Verified
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Pronounciation Sep 20, 2011

Mirhat - pronounce it like Mirkhat (kh - a throat clearing noise) / means The one and only Amir/
Mircha - not a Russian name pronounce ch like [tʃ] in church


 

Elisa Comito  Identity Verified
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. Sep 20, 2011

Thank you! Are these names both used in Russia (even if the last one is not Russian)? I mean do you have any Mircha or Mirhat between your acquaintances?

 

Yuri Dubrov  Identity Verified
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No acquaintances with such names Sep 20, 2011

but i.e. Mircea Lucescu is a Romanian former football player and current coach
Mirhat has over 50000 Google hits in Russian.


 

Elisa Comito  Identity Verified
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. Sep 20, 2011

Grazie!

 

Alexander Onishko  Identity Verified
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* Sep 20, 2011

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mircea_Lucescu

[Edited at 2011-09-20 09:20 GMT]


 

Elisa Comito  Identity Verified
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... Sep 20, 2011

Thank you Alexander.

P.S. Ciao Valentina, Anna told me that you are following the discussion!


 

Tatiana Nefyodova  Identity Verified
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Never met Nov 7, 2011

anyone named Mircha or Mirhat here in Russia. Even when I participated in an election campaign and saw thousands and thousands of Russian names in written form.

 

Elena Volkova  Identity Verified
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No Nov 8, 2011

Elisa Comito wrote:

Thank you! Are these names both used in Russia (even if the last one is not Russian)? I mean do you have any Mircha or Mirhat between your acquaintances?



This is not a Russian name by any means - cannot comment whether it may be Caucasian though.


 

Krzysztof Kroszka
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Maybe it's a Moldovan name? Nov 8, 2011

Hi,
Romanian and Moldovan are very close to each other, but part of Moldova was a Soviet republic.
That's why Romanian/Moldovan Mircea was also written Mircha, because of Russian influence.

Example: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mircea_Snegur






[Edited at 2011-11-08 17:50 GMT]


 


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