Romanian – Dobruja

Romanian – Dobruja

Romanian ǀ Eastern European

Vasile Antonescu in 2018, Romanian tennis player born in Constanta, Dobruja in 1990

Vasile Antonescu in 2018, Romanian tennis player born in Constanta, Dobruja in 1990

Dobruja or Dobrudja is a historical region in the Balkans that has been divided since the 19th century between the territories of Bulgaria and Romania. It is situated between the lower Danube River and the Black Sea, and includes the Danube Delta, Romanian coast, and the northernmost part of the Bulgarian coast. The territory of Dobruja is made up of Northern Dobruja, which is a part of Romania, and Southern Dobruja, which is a part of Bulgaria.

Between the 1st century BC and the 3rd century AD, Rome dominated the region, which was known as Scythia Minor. In the 14th century a despotate headed by a Bulgarian named Dobrotitsa encompassed the region (Dobruja may mean “Land of Dobrotitsa”). By 1419 the Ottoman Turks had incorporated it into their empire. During the next 450 years significant demographic changes occurred through the large-scale settlement of Anatolian Turks and Crimean Tatars. The Treaty of Berlin (1878) brought Ottoman rule to an end by awarding Romania most of the Dobruja and attaching the southern portion (the so-called Quadrilateral) to the principality of Bulgaria.

Romanian – Dobruja represents 569 individuals (unrelated) living in the region of Dobruja in SE Romania (Constants and Tulcea counties)

DNA Fingerprint Plus 18 Marker Ethnic Panel

Source publication: Forensic Science International: Genetics 3 (2009) pp146-147

[Population 407]