SETTLEMENTS IN PRAHOVA COUNTY. GIS ANALYSIS OF TOPONYMY
1Bucharest University, Faculty of Geography, Bucharest, Romania
ABSTRACT. ‐ Settlements in Prahova County. GIS analysis of Toponymy. This paper proposes a method of using GIS tools in spatial analysis of the oikonyms in Prahova County, in order to identify specific links between names and geographical or historical characteristics of the area. In the present paper two types of analysis were performed. The first one was made on oikonyms sorted by suffixes, yielding results of their frequency in the territory. The second one was made on oikonyms composed with word "Valley", establishing the link between their distribution on one side and the character of the valley for studied settlements, on the other side. The results show that territorial analysis of oikonyms can clarify spatial aspects, needed for the affirmation of national, historical and social identity.
Keywords: settlements, Prahova, analysis, GIS, toponymy, oikonyms