Gertslek (in German)
Karčalinj (in Croatian)
|• Total||19.47 km2 (7.52 sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
|Area code(s)||(+36) 82|
|NUTS 3 code||HU232|
|MP||Attila Gelencsér (Fidesz)|
There are two theories about the name of the settlement. According to the first one the German residents started to call their village Gartenchen and Parkchen which were translated into Hungarian as kertecske (English: tiny garden) and ligetecske (English: tiny park). According to other sources the name derives from the Hungarian person name Kercse which was added to the second part of the name of the village (liget) which means park in Hungarian.
It was first mentioned in 1332 without a name. During the Turkish occupation it became uninhabited. In the 18th century Kristóf Nitzky bought the land and invited the Roman Catholic German settlers to Kercseliget. The Madarász and Hunyadi family acquired lands there during that time. Later in 1859 the Maár and Pallavicini families had land near the settlement. Early Kercseliget had a developed industry with a brick factory and weekly market.