Author(s): Okan YAAR and Funda ÖRGE YAAR
Settlement names; geographical environmental properties of settlements are capable of giving ideas about historical, socio-economic and cultural properties. In other words, as place names reflect the relationships between human and residence, they also give ideas about the way of perception the residence of human. This research aims at revealing which factors have been inspiration sources in giving names to the villages taking place in the counties of Ayvac?k, Bayramiç, Çan, Ezine and Yenice of Province of Çanakkale. The natural and human environments of the counties mentioned above have been an inspiration source. 39.6 percent (131 items) out of 331 rural settlements taking place in the field of research obtained their names by being inspired from Physical Geography properties and 34.7 percent (115 items) out of total rural settlements obtained their names by being inspired from Human and Economical Geography properties. Furthermore, 25.7 percent of the village settlements have obtained names by being inspired from historical, religious , social-cultural and other factors.