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Vrakuňa is a borough of Bratislava, Slovakia. It is divided by into two parts by the Little Danube river.

Vrakuňa
Borough
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Vrakuňa is located in Slovakia
Vrakuňa
Vrakuňa
Location of Vrakuňa in Slovakia
Coordinates: 48°09′00″N 17°13′00″E / 48.15000°N 17.21667°E / 48.15000; 17.21667Coordinates: 48°09′00″N 17°13′00″E / 48.15000°N 17.21667°E / 48.15000; 17.21667
CountrySlovakia
RegionBratislava
DistrictBratislava II
First mentioned1279
Area
 • Total10.297 km2 (3.976 sq mi)
Elevation
130 m (430 ft)
Population
 (2005)
 • Total18,996
 • Density1,800/km2 (4,800/sq mi)
Postal code
82704
Area code(s)+421-02
Car plateBA, BL
Websitewww.bratislava-vrakuna.sk
Source[1]

Names and etymologyEdit

The first written mention of Vrakuňa was in 1279 as a village named Werekne. Some other recorded medieval names are Verekene (1290), Frecendorf (1297), Verekuna (1323), Oluerekenye (1356), Berekenye in theutonico Fratedorf (1393) or Vraknye (1459).

The name is probably derived from a Proto-Slavic appelative *vrakunъ, potentially reflecting Pre-Christian (pagan) rituals. The stem vra- means "to speak without making any sense", vrakúň – a wizzard, preserved in Russian as вракун/vrakun – a liar, a gossip).[2][3] Lajos Kiss (1988) tried to drive the name from Proto-Slavic vir- (a whirl). Šimon Ondruš (1990) from Proto-Slavic vorkъ (in East Slavic languages: vorok - a fence, a barrier) like Vorkonъ, Vorkunovka and other similar names,[4] but documented only for the East Slavs.

HistoryEdit

Vrakuňa became an official borough of Bratislava on January 1, 1972.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Mestská a obecná štatistika SR". Statistics.sk. Archived from the original on June 21, 2009. Retrieved 2010-01-31. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. ^ Hladký, Juraj; Závodný, Andrej (2014). "Slovansko-slovenské kulturologické fenomény v starej slovenskej toponymii (na materiáli Žitného ostrova)" [The Slavic-Slovak Culturogical Phenomena in Older Slovak Toponyms]. Studia Slovakistica: Словацька філологія в Україні (PDF) (in Slovak). Uzhhorod: Видавництво О. Гаркуші.
  3. ^ Hladký, Juraj (2013). "Vlastné meno onymickom v regionálnom systéme" (PDF). Актуальні проблеми філології та перекладознавства (in Slovak). ISSN 2415-7929.
  4. ^ Ondruš, Šimon (1990). "Rača, Vrača > Brača, Vrakuňa a vrkoč" (PDF). Slovenská reč (in Slovak) (1): 28.