Post by dukeduka on Feb 24, 2013 0:44:46 GMT -5
The family's origins are not clear and there isn't yet a consensus among scholars. An Albanian has long been suggested, while others argue for an Aromanian origin.
Thus, on the one hand, a legend - full of Oriental charm, historical
inaccuracies and anachronisms - transmitted by the Moldavian chronicler Ion Neculce speaks about two poor boys destined to greatness, meeting on the road to Constantinople, and who promise mutual support in the future to come: one is an "Arbëreshë" ("an Albanian" or "a speaker of Albanian", merchant multilingualism notwithstanding) standing in for Gheorghe Ghica, the founder of the Ghica family, while on the other is a "Turk from Cyprus" - the founder of the Köprülü family.
<dl><dd>The town of Vezirköprü in north-central Turkey, formerly named only as Köprü (bridge), whence the name of Köprülü family, holds its present name -literally vizier's bridge- from the same family.</dd></dl>
The Köprülü family (Turkish: Köprülü ailesi) was a noble family of Albanian origin in the Ottoman Empire. The family provided six Grand Viziers, (including Kara Mustafa Pasha who was a stepson) with several others becoming high-ranking officers. Notable modern descendants include Mehmet Fuat Köprülü, a prominent historian of Turkish literature. Members of the family continue to live in Turkey or the United States.