Type Surname (from nickname & from location)
Pronounced Pron. bool-GHA-rya
Other Forms FormsBulgari, Bulgarelli (Italian), Búlgaro, Búlgara (Spanish)
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Meaning & History
Originally an ethnic name or regional name for someone from Bulgaria or a nickname for someone who had visited or traded with Bulgaria, which is named after the Turkic tribe of the Bulgars, itself possibly from a Turkic root meaning "mixed".