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Q: meaning of a name ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: meaning of a name
Category: Family and Home > Families
Asked by: uraltz-ga
List Price: $20.00
Posted: 01 Nov 2005 10:43 PST
Expires: 01 Dec 2005 10:43 PST
Question ID: 587594
We are adopting a boy from Kazakhstan.  We're told his name is Darhan
(thats the spelling we were given, but it may be different.  I have
been trying to find the meaning of this name, but without luck.  ANy
Subject: Re: meaning of a name
Answered By: tlspiegel-ga on 01 Nov 2005 11:39 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hi uraltz,

Thank you for a very interesting question.


"Tarchan or Darhan means Prince or Leader in many Turkish languages
(and also Smith)."


The Buyrats Tradition and Culture

"By the end of the 19th century "white" smiths's work reached its
fullest flower in Buryatia and in its main techniques and forms has
come down to our days..."


"Almost in every aimak (district) there were darhans, sometimes
several of them lived in one and the same ulus (village) as far back
as the mid 20th century. Darhans of Zakamna, Dzhida, Tunka and Oka
aimaks were famous for their skill. Eravna's smiths were known for
their techniques of silvering over blued iron, Kizhinga were known for
its saddlers, Mukhorshibir?for its casters.

The exceptionally high status of a smith (darhan) at all times
depended on the fact that he was to some extent a creator, able to
modify the form of a knife-haft, and that was in the opinion of
nomads, a sign from the sky, the gift of Heaven. The invention of iron
itself is a genuine miracle, the embodiment of the creative power of
the people."



"It is strange for me. In Magyar/Hungarian mythology (I mean,
pre-Christian one) blacksmiths do have superhuman mental/religious
strength. Among Turkish the title of Tarkhans (in Mongolian Darhan)
mean simultaneously Smith, Duke and Military Leader. The great revolt
of Turks in the Altai Mountain against the Avars was lead by a Grey
Wolf (Boz Kurt) and by a Smith. For a Magyar Iron would seem more
magical than mere Copper or Flint."


[scroll to near bottom of page for english translation of words]

"Darham = Silver Coin"

========= - Darhan -World History Study Guide

The city of Darhan is the third largest city in Mongolia. 

"Beginning with the building of a reinforced concrete factory, which
contributed to further development, the city grew quickly and by 1990
had reached a population of 70,000. The population is as young as the
city, with 90 percent of all inhabitants under the age of thirty-five
(in 1990). Construction workers and specialists from other socialist
countries?as far away as Czechoslovakia, the German Democratic
Republic, Poland, Bulgaria, and Hungary?played a large part in the
city's rapid growth. For this reason, Darhan is known as the "town of
international friendship.""


keyword search:

Darhan name meaning
darhan + smith


Best regards,
uraltz-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
Thanks we were looking, but I guess in the wrong places.

Subject: Re: meaning of a name
From: tlspiegel-ga on 01 Nov 2005 13:54 PST
Hi uraltz,

Thank you for the 5 star rating.  

Best regards,

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