Igor Prakapovich: Mjadzel – a new version of the name origin
(Abstract, magazine “CULTURE, NATION”, June 2017, issue 18, pp.17-25)
The article deals with new original hypothesis of geographical names formation in the territory of the north-western Belarus and eastern Lithuania with the basics of “copper/medz”, “mjad-” (Mjadzel, Mjadzelka and the like). The author connects their origin to the name of the people “honeys/medy”, which in the days of Aleksandr Makedonski lived in the valleys of the rivers Struma and Strumnitsy in the south-western part of present-day Bulgaria. To escape from the pressure of more powerful neighbors, the people “medy” (or part thereof) moved into the territory of modern Belarus. As evidence the author presents historical facts and clear toponymic parallels that create a fertile ground for further research in line with the selected hypothesis.