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Encyclopedia > Bulgarian American

Bulgarian Americans are people of Bulgarian descent living in the United States. Those can include Bulgarian Americans living in the US for one or several generations, dual Bulgarian American citizens, or any other Bulgarian Americans who consider themselves to be affiliated to both cultures or countries. Some Bulgarian Americans might be born in Bulgaria, the United States or other countries with ethnic Bulgarian population. Some Bulgarian Americans from Macedonian origin dating back to the end of the 19th century, first part of the 20th century, might also consider themselves to be Bulgarian American.

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Language

According to the US Census 28,565 people indicated that they speak Bulgarian at home in 2000. Some Bulgarian Americans speak Bulgarian, especially the more recent immigrants, while others might not speak it at all, or speak Bulgarian mixed with English to a lesser or greater extent. Some Bulgarian Americans understand Bulgarian even though they might not be able to speak the language. There are cases where older generations of Bulgarians or descendents of Bulgarian immigrants from the early part of the 20th century are fluent in the Bulgarian language as well. This article is about the year 2000. ...


History

Some sources suggest that Bulgarian immigration to the US began sometime perhaps in the second part of the 19th century. Chicago was a good example of a city known in the past (and even now) for having Bulgarians. There was a book written by a Bulgarian writer Aleko Konstantinov called "To Chicago and back"(Bulgarian:"До Чикаго и назад") from that period. Chicago (officially named the City of Chicago) is the third largest city in the United States (after New York City and Los Angeles), with an official population of 2,896,016, as of the 2000 census. ... Melbourne, Australia by night For alternate meanings see city (disambiguation) A city is an urban area that is differentiated from a town, village, or hamlet by size, population density, importance, or legal status. ... Author of Baui Ganyu. ...


Periods

1989-present


1945-1989


Statistics

There might be as many as 250,000 to 350,000 Bulgarians in the Unites States at the present time. Estimates of the Agency for Bulgarians Abroad for 2004 show that there might be 250,000 Bulgarians in the US. The US Census for 2000 shows that there were 63,000 people of Bulgarian descent in the US. According to the same source the state with most Bulgarians was California, followed by Illinois, New York, Florida, and Ohio. State nickname: The Golden State Official languages English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) Senators Dianne Feinstein (D) Barbara Boxer (D) Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 3rd 410,000 km² 4. ... State nickname: Land of Lincoln, The Prairie State Other U.S. States Capital Springfield Largest city Chicago Governor Rod Blagojevich (D) Senators Richard Durbin (D) Barack Obama (D) Official language(s) English Area 149,998 km² (25th)  - Land 143,968 km²  - Water 6,030 km² (4. ... State nickname: The Empire State Official languages None. ... State nickname: Sunshine State Official languages English Capital Tallahassee Largest city Jacksonville (largest metropolitan area is Miami) Governor Jeb Bush (R) Senators Bill Nelson (D) Mel Martinez (R) Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 22nd 170,451 km² 17. ... State nickname: The Buckeye State Official languages None Capital Columbus Largest city Columbus (largest metropolitan area is Cleveland) Governor Bob Taft (R) Senators Mike DeWine (R) George V. Voinovich (R) Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 34th 116,096 km² 8. ...


Bulgarian Americans


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Bulgarians - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1950 words)
The modern Bulgarians are descendants of three peoples - the Bulgars, a nomadic people from Central Asia who settled in the Balkans in the 7th century, as well as of a number of southern Slavic tribes who had done the same a century earlier.
Bulgarian cultural influence was especially strong in Wallachia and Moldova where Bulgarian was the official language until the end of 17th century and the Cyrillic alphabet was used until 1860.
The Bulgarian language is also sometimes mutually intelligible with Russian on account of the influence which Russian has had on the development of Modern Bulgarian since 1878 as well as the earlier effect of Old Bulgarian on the development of Old Russian.
Macedonians in the USA (3411 words)
Christianity was introduced into the Bulgarian Kingdom during the 9th century when Saints Cyril and Methodius and their disciples converted the population and formulated for them a Slavic alphabet, Glagolitic, from which Cyrillic later developed.
Most of the early immigrants and their descendants still belong to those Bulgarian Orthodox churches that are either under the jurisdiction of the patriarch in Bulgaria or are part of a Bulgarian diocese within the Orthodox Church in America.
A group of 90 Macedonian Americans from Gary founded a Macedonian Orthodox Church and in 1962 asked for and received recognition from the metropolitan and Holy Synod of the Macedonian Orthodox Church in Skopje, the capital of the Socialist Republic of Macedonia.
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