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Borrowed as Ottoman Turkish آرناود[1] from the Byzantine Greek ethnonym Arvanitis (Αρβανίτης), after the syllable cluster van was rearranged through metathesis to nav giving the final Turkish forms as Arnavut and Arnaut. The Greek ethnonym Arvanitis derived from the original term Alvanitis (Αλβανίτης) as a process of rhotacism, turning Alv- into Arv-.[2][3] The original ethnonym Alvanitis stems from the name Alvanos (Άλβάνος) Albanian, from Ancient Greek Ἀλβανοί (Albanoí).

Proper noun[edit]


  1. Albanian (person)

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  1. ^ Redhouse, James W. (1890), “آرناود”, in A Turkish and English Lexicon, Constantinople: A. H. Boyajian, page 74
  2. ^ Theißen, Ulrich (2007), p. 90. "Der ursprüngliche Name Άλβανίτης (abgeleitet von Άλβάνος) wurde im Neugriechischen zu Άρβανίτης [...]. In türkischer Vermittlung erfuhr die Silbe -van- eine Metathese zu -nav-, so dass die türkische Form des Namens für die Albaner arnavut bzw. arnaut Lautet. In dieser Form gelangte das Wort ins Bulgarische (BER I/1971: 15). [The original name Άλβανίτης (derived from Άλβάνος) became Άρβανίτης in Modern Greek [...]. In the transition to Turkish the syllable -van- underwent metathesis to -nav-, so that the Turkish form of the name for the Albanians became Arnavut or Arnaut. In this form, the word came into Bulgarian (BER I / 1971: 15).]"
  3. ^ "Malcolm, Noel. "Kosovo, a short history". London: Macmillan, 1998, p.29 "The name used in all these references is, allowing for linguistic variations, the same: 'Albanenses' or 'Arbanenses' in Latin, 'Albanoi' or 'Arbanitai' in Byzantine Greek. (The last of these, with an internal switching of consonants, gave rise to the Turkish form 'Arnavud', from which 'Arnaut' was later derived.)"