Occasionally one of the FYROM propagandists’ habbits is to bring the claim that Greeks renamed cities of Macedonia from their original names. So lets examine the opposite claim. Toponymies of FYROM’s regions/cities/villages/rivers and find out as many renamed ancient toponymies from Slavs we can get.
Even skopje its a changed name since it was originally founded by Dardanians as Skupi.
Another changed name. The first recorded document mentioning Debar is the map of Ptolemy, dating around the middle of the 2nd century, in which it is called Deborus.
Wikipedia says during Ottoman times it was called “Sultania” or “Sultaniye” and later Carevo Selo. The town was renamed its present name Delčevo in 1950.
The name Kavadarci is derived from the Greek word, “Kavadion” which means “cape made from a valuable material”. The citizens of Kavadarci being manufacturers of this material, the first recorded use of this name was during the first half of the 19th Century.
The original ancient Macedonian name was Uskana and was mentioned for first time in the reign of Perseas, king of Macedon during the Third Macedonian War (171-169 BC). Another ancient Macedonian name changed by Skops.
Negotino was known under the name of Antigoneia. It was founded by the Macedonian king Antigonus II Gonatas, in the period between 278–242 BC.
From wikipedia: “Possibly the first mention of the town was made by the Roman historian Livy. He records how during the Third Macedonian War the King of Macedon Perseus at the head of 10000 men, after taking Uskana (Kicevo), attacked Drau-Dak, today Gostivar.
Wiki: Historical names include Dyassarites which is of Illyrian origin , and the Greek names Lychnidos (Λύχνιδος), Ochrida (Οχρίδα) and Achrida (Αχρίδα), the latter two of which are still in modern usage.
Wiki: Evidence of life can be found beginning in the 10th-7th centuries B.C. There is a settlement known as Mal Konstantinopol (Small Constantinople) dating from Roman times, and the life in the Middle Ages is marked by Marco’s Tower. In the vicinity of the town there are also two very important archeological sites – The Isar Marvinci and the knowledge experts have on the existence of the ancient city Idomene.
I have read once its ancient name was Parembole and certainly it was a Greek name.
11. Demi Hisar
It was known as SideroKastron when Greeks lived there. Later in Ottomantimes, the name was changed in to ”Demir Hisar” which in their language means ‘’ Iron Mountain’’. Another original greek toponymy renamed.
Demir-Kapija is a place already mentioned in Classical times under the name of Stenae (Greek for gorge). In the Middle Ages it was known as a Slav settlement, under the name of Prosek, while today’s name originates from the Turkish reign, meaning “The Iron Gate”.
Originally an ancient Macedonian city called astibo which was renamed later to Štip.
Wiki: The town is first mentioned in II century B.C. with the name Astrayon. Later it is known by the name Tiveriopol. It got it’s present name from the slovan settlers.
The ancient Styberra was renamed by Slavs as Cepigovo.
The ancient Alkomena. Alkomena used to be one of the urban centres of Derriopos.
The ancient Gortynia renamed into Gevgelija.
18. Titov Veles
It was known in antiquity as Bylazora.
There stood during antiquity according to archaeologists the ancient Idomenai.
The ancient Bardarios was renamed in Slavic as Vardar.
The ancient Erigon renamed into the Slavic Crna.