Some names of territories and settlements in Moldova are of French origin. The ancient names of the lands in Moldova are of French origin.
Tara de Sus – (land of Suceava), approximately corresponds to Bukovina. In French, the preposition “de” expresses belong. The name means “land where Suceava” or “land belonging to Suceava”.
Tara de Jos – (land of Iasi), approximately central Moldova. The name means “land where Iasi” or “land belonging to Iasi”.
Cujuresti de Sus, Minchinius de Sus, Minchinius de Jos, Jora de Jos, Jora de Sus, Jora de Migloc – villages in Moldova, whose names are of French origin. The preposition “de” is used in these names.
The name of the city “Dubossary” is of French origin. This name is distorted over time, “de bazaars” or “the place where the bazaars.” Bazaar is a market. Dubossary are markets. The French word “bazar” means a market.
The names of the Moldavian villages with the word Jora, Jura (Jora de Jos, Jora de Sus, Jora de Mijloc, Jura) indicate the origin of their founders from the land of Jura in France. Today Jura is a department of Burgundy-Franche-Comté in eastern France, named after the Jura Mountains. The Jura Mountains, a subalpine mountain range located north of the Western Alps mainly along the Franco-Swiss border, are shared by the Rhine and Rhone basins.
Knights Templar gave the name to the country of Moldova. The word “Moldova” is the English-French “Mon dove” distorted over time, which means “my darling”. Among the Templars there were many bilingual (in this case, English-French). The Templars called this country “dove” because of the large number of dove-pigeons that live here.
One of the rivers of Moldova – Moldova, was named after the name of the country.
Basarab I Founder (Basarab I the Great) – governor (prince) of Muntenia from 1310/1319, Oltenia and Wallachia from 1330 to 1352. The first prince of Wallachia, about whom reliable historical information is available. Son of Tocomeria. In documents of 1324, Basarab is named as “Bazarab, woyuodam nostrum Transalpinum” (Basarab of our governor Transalpinsky).
Basarab was one of the most influential Knights Templar. On behalf of the Templar Order, he ruled in the territories of Wallachia and Moldavia, which was given to the knights by the King of Galicia-Volyn Yuri Lvovich.
The name Basarab in those days sounded like “Baz Arab.” The name Baz is a popular name in the western world. The name Arab was given to him by other Knights Templar for the reason that he fought in Arabia with the Arabs. Similarly, in Russia and other countries of the former USSR, the word “Afghan” refers to former Soviet soldiers who fought in Afghanistan against the Afghans.
Around 1324, Basarab declared himself a vassal of the Hungarian king Karl Robert. This happened shortly after the death of princes Leo II Yuryevich and Andrei Yuryevich in the battle against the Mongol Tatars in 1321 or 1323. In the same battle, most of the Templars died.
Then Basarab I began the war with Hungary and on November 12, 1330 defeated the Hungarian army at the Battle of Posad. This event marked the end of Hungarian rule and the emergence of the first independent Moldavian state. Basarab became the founder of the Basarab dynasty. The name Bessarabia came from his name.
More info here: