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Bulgarian is a Slavic language, written in Cyrillic alphabet. The proper encoding is Windows-1251, but UTF8 should be better.

General considarations

  • People have three names: first, middle and family name. The first name is also called personal name. The middle name is also called "father's name" and is based on the name of your father. Example:
    • Grandfather: Kiril Kolev Popov
    • Father: Ivan Kirilov Popov
    • Son: Petar Ivanov Popov
    • Daughter: Maria Ivanova Popova

  • Like in many other Slavic languages, in Bulgarian the middle and family names of women differ by those of men by an added "a" at the end. Example:
    • Man: Kiril Popov
    • Woman: Maria Popova

  • Maiden name is the family name of a woman (i.e. the family name of her father), before she's married. The maiden name of married women is not written in the passport or other official documents. It is the usual practice (although not a legal requirement) the wife to take the family name of her husband. Example:
    • Maria Ivanova marries Kiril Popov and her family name changes to Maria Popova

  • Many family relations have explicit names in Bulgarian, beyond the classic "in-laws" in English. Here's a list of titles in Bulgarian. This cannot be translated directly and will probably have to wait for a Bulgarian interface of Geni, before we can use them. A simple example from the list:
    • Dever - the brother of woman's husband
    • Zulva - the sister of woman's husband
    • Shurei - the brother of man's wife
    • Balduza - the sister of man's wife

Date format

  • 23:45 for time
  • 31.12.2007 for date, 31.12.07 also
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