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The Bulgarians (Bulgarian: българи, pronounced: [bɤ̞ɫˈɡɐri]) are a South Slavic people native to Bulgaria and neighbouring regions.

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Bulgarian Monarchs

  • Kubrat
  • Batbayan
  • Asparukh of Bulgaria
  • Tervel of Bulgaria
  • Kormesiy of Bulgaria
  • Sevar of Bulgaria
  • Kormisosh of Bulgaria
  • Vinekh of Bulgaria
  • Telets of Bulgaria
  • Sabin of Bulgaria
  • Umor of Bulgaria
  • Toktu of Bulgaria
  • Pagan of Bulgaria
  • Telerig of Bulgaria
  • Kardam of Bulgaria
  • Krum of Bulgaria
  • Omurtag of Bulgaria
  • Malamir of Bulgaria
  • Presian of Bulgaria
  • Boris I Michael
  • Simeon the Great
  • Peter I of Bulgaria
  • Boris II of Bulgaria
  • Roman of Bulgaria
  • Samuil of Bulgaria
  • Gavril Radomir of Bulgaria
  • Ivan Vladislav of Bulgaria
  • Presian II of Bulgaria
  • Peter (II) Delyan of Bulgaria
  • Constantin Bodin (Peter (III))
  • Ivan Asen I of Bulgaria
  • Peter IV of Bulgaria
  • Kaloyan of Bulgaria
  • Boril of Bulgaria
  • Ivan Asen II of Bulgaria
  • Kaliman I of Bulgaria
  • Michael Asen I of Bulgaria
  • Kaliman II of Bulgaria
  • Mitso Asen of Bulgaria
  • Constantine Tikh of Bulgaria
  • Michael Asen II of Bulgaria
  • Ivaylo of Bulgaria
  • Ivan Asen III of Bulgaria
  • George I of Bulgaria
  • Smilets of Bulgaria
  • Chaka of Bulgaria
  • Theodore Svetoslav of Bulgaria
  • George II of Bulgaria
  • Michael III Shishman of Bulgaria
  • Ivan Stephen of Bulgaria
  • Ivan Alexander of Bulgaria
  • Ivan Shishman of Bulgaria
  • Ivan Sratsimir of Bulgaria
  • Constantine II of Bulgaria
  • Alexander I of Bulgaria
  • Ferdinand I of Bulgaria
  • Boris III of Bulgaria
  • Simeon II of Bulgaria

Industrialists & Business

  • Iliya Pavlov
  • Kroum Pindoff
  • Emil Kyulev
  • Georgi Naydenov

Academicians

Scientists

  • Asen Hadjiolov, biologist
  • George Chaldakov, vascular biologist
  • Stephan Angeloff, microbiologist
  • Anastas Ishirkov, human geographer
  • John Vincent Atanasoff, inventor of the digital electronic computer
  • Krassimir Atanassov, mathematician
  • Angel Balevski, inventor
  • Petar Beron, educator
  • Veselin Beshevliev, classicist
  • Georgi Bliznakoff, chemist
  • Kiril Bratanov, biologist
  • Ljubomir Chakaloff, mathematician
  • Kiril Chukanov, scientist
  • Stamen Grigorov, physician
  • Assen Jordanoff, airplane constructor
  • Georgi Kitov, archaeologist
  • Stefka Petrova, nutritionist
  • Georgi Lozanov, psychologist
  • Georgi Manev, physicist
  • Stefan Marinov, dissident physicist
  • Georgi Nadjakov, physicist, discovered the external photoeffect
  • Nikola Obreshkov, prominent mathematician
  • Dimiter Orahovats, prominent physiologist
  • Dimitar Paskov, pharmacist and chemist
  • Angel Penchev, neurologist
  • Peter Petroff, enormously prolific inventor
  • Dimitar Sasselov, astrophysicist
  • Blagovest Sendov, mathematician
  • Stantcho Stanev, engineer, Colonel Gaddafi's former Chief Camel Herder
  • Elka Todorova, social psychologist
  • Asen Zlatarov, chemist
  • Vasil Zlatarski, historian
  • Ivan Atanassov Petrov, neurologist
  • Georgi Yordanov Georgiev, physicist

Economists

  • Stoyan Alexandrov
  • Lyuben Berov
  • Martin Dimitrov
  • Ivan Iskrov
  • Nikolay Nenovsky

Political Scientists

  • Evgenii Dainov
  • Ivan Krastev
  • [edit]Philosophers
  • Julia Kristeva
  • Isaac Passy
  • Tzvetan Todorov
  • Petar Deunov
  • Maria Todorova
  • Ivan Stefanov

State

Politicians

  • Georgi Atanasov
  • Prince Alexander of Battenberg
  • Bogomil Bonev
  • Boyko Borisov
  • Todor Burmov
  • Vulko Chervenkov
  • Filip Dimitrov
  • Georgi Dimitrov
  • Konstantin Dimitrov
  • Anastasia Dimitrova-Moser
  • Kimon Georgiev
  • Lyubcho Georgievski
  • Reneta Indzhova
  • Vasil Kolarov
  • Ivan Kostov
  • Andrey Lukanov
  • Nadezhda Mihailova
  • Georgi Parvanov
  • Solomon Pasi
  • Vasil Radoslavov
  • Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha
  • Blagovest Sendov
  • Volen Siderov
  • Stefan Sofiyanski
  • Aleksandar Stamboliyski
  • Stefan Stambolov
  • Sergey Stanishev
  • Stoyan Stavrev
  • Petar Stoyanov
  • Vasile Tarlev
  • Borislav Tsekov
  • Zhan Videnov
  • Zhelyu Zhelev
  • Todor Zhivkov

Revolutionaries

  • Todor Aleksandrov
  • Georgi Benkovski
  • Dame Gruev
  • Gotse Delchev
  • Tsanko Dyustabanov
  • Hadzhi Dimitar
  • Panayot Hitov
  • Todor Kableshkov
  • Stefan Karadzha
  • Lyuben Karavelov
  • Vasil Levski
  • Georgi Obretenov
  • Nikola Karev
  • Nikola Obretenov
  • Tonka Obretenova
  • Gjorche Petrov
  • Yane Sandanski
  • Boris Sarafov
  • Georgi Sava Rakovski
  • Hristo Tatarchev
  • Filip Totyu
  • Panayot Volov
  • Stoyan Zaimov
  • Hristo Botev - revolutionary, poet
  • Mara Buneva

Performing arts

Directors:

  • Christo Christov
  • Slatan Dudow
  • Tonislav Hristov
  • Lyudmil Kirkov
  • Nikola Korabov
  • Nikola Kovachev
  • Vulo Radev
  • Petar B. Vasilev
  • Binka Zhelyazkova

Actors and Actresses

  • Apostol Karamitev
  • Moni Moshonov (born 1951), Bulgarian-born Israeli actor and comedian
  • Bashar Rahal
  • Georgi Georgiev
  • George Baker
  • Georgi Georgiev-Getz
  • Georgi Kaloyanchev
  • Georgi Partsalev
  • Gloria Ivanova
  • Grigor Vachkov
  • Hristo Shopov
  • Itzhak Fintzi
  • Kamen Vodenicharov
  • Katya Paskaleva
  • Kiril Gospodinov
  • Kosta Tsonev
  • Lyubomir Neikov
  • Marius Kurkinski
  • Nevena Kokanova
  • Nikolay Binev
  • Nina Dobrev
  • Petar Slabakov
  • Stanislav Ianevski
  • Stefan Danailov
  • Stoyanka Mutafova
  • Todor Kolev
  • Victoria Koleva

Dancers

  • Asen Gavrilov

Journalists

  • Nikolay Kolev - Michmana
  • Elena Yoncheva
  • Oggy Boytchev

Television

TV hosts

  • Milen Tsvetkov
  • Niki Kunchev

TV News presenters

  • Ralitsa Vassileva

Showmen

  • Todor Kolev
  • Slavi Trifonov

Literature

Authors

  • Aleko Konstantinov
  • Alexenia Dimitrova
  • Angel Karaliychev
  • Anton Strashimirov
  • Assen Bossev
  • Atanas Dalchev
  • Chernorizetz Hrabar
  • Chudomir
  • Clement of Ohrid
  • Constantine of Preslav
  • Dimcho Debelyanov
  • Dimitar Dimov
  • Dimitar Talev
  • Dobri Chintulov
  • Dobri Voinikov
  • Dora Gabe
  • Edvin Sugarev
  • Elin Pelin
  • Elisaveta Bagryana
  • Emiliyan Stanev
  • Grigor Parlichev
  • Hristo Botev
  • Hristo Smirnenski
  • Igor Purlantov
  • Ivailo Petrov
  • Ivan Vazov
  • John Exarch
  • Julian Popov
  • Kuzman Shapkarev
  • Lyuben Karavelov
  • Miladinov Brothers
  • Nedyalko Yordanov
  • Nikola Vaptsarov
  • Nikolai Haitov
  • Paisiy Hilendarski
  • Pavel Vezhinov
  • Pencho Slaveykov
  • Petar Beron
  • Petko Slaveykov
  • Petya Dubarova
  • Peyo Yavorov
  • Radoy Ralin
  • Ran Bosilek
  • Sofronii Vrachanski
  • Stanislav Stratiev
  • Stefan Kisyov
  • Stefan Tzanev
  • Tzvetan Todorov
  • Valeri Petrov
  • Vasil Drumev
  • Vladislav the Grammarian
  • Yordan Radichkov
  • Yordan Yovkov
  • Zahari Stoyanov

Theory of Literature

  • Marco Mincoff

Music

Composers

  • Albena Petrovic-Vratchanska
  • Alexandra Fol
  • Anna-Maria Ravnopolska-Dean
  • Dimitar Nenov
  • Dobri Hristov
  • Dobrinka Tabakova
  • Emanuil Manolov
  • Filip Kutev
  • Georgi Minchev
  • Georgi Tutev
  • Ivo Papasov
  • John Kukuzelis
  • Marin Goleminov
  • Michail Goleminov
  • Milcho Leviev
  • Nikola Atanasov
  • Nikolo Kotzev
  • Pancho Vladigerov
  • Petar Krumov
  • Petko Stainov
  • Ralitsa Tcholakova
  • Stefan Popov
  • Stefan Valdobrev

Singers and musicians

  • Alexis Weissenberg
  • Andrea
  • Angela Tosheva
  • Azis
  • Boris Christoff
  • Desi Slava
  • Elena Nicolai
  • Emil Dimitrov
  • Gena Dimitrova
  • Ivo Papasov
  • Kiril Marichkov
  • Georgi Minchev
  • Lili Ivanova
  • Ljuba Welitsch
  • Ludmilla Diakovska
  • Marius Kurkinski
  • Mira Aroyo
  • Nayden Todorov
  • Neva Krysteva
  • Nicolai Ghiaurov
  • Nikola Giuzelev
  • Raina Kabaivanska
  • Ralitsa Tcholakova
  • Slavi Trifonov
  • Spens
  • Stefan Valdobrev
  • Svetla Protich
  • Svilen Noev
  • Theodosii Spassov
  • Valya Balkanska
  • Vassil Naidenov
  • Vesselina Kasarova
  • Yildiz Ibrahimova
  • Yoan Kukuzel

Visual arts

Sculptors

  • Ivan Minekov
  • Christo
  • Todor Todorov
  • Vezhdi Rashidov

Graphic artists

  • Marin Gruev
  • Peter Lazarov
  • Toma Tomov

Painters

  • Bencho Obreshkov
  • Boris Georgiev
  • Christo Yavashev - Christo
  • Chudomir
  • Dechko Uzunov
  • Dimitre Mehandjiysky
  • Ekaterina Savova-Nenova
  • George Papazov
  • Hristofor Zhefarovich
  • Iliya Beshkov
  • Ivan Markvichka
  • Ivan Nenov
  • Jules Pascin
  • Keratza Vissulceva
  • Konstantin Shtarkelov
  • Nikola Avramov
  • Nikola Marinov
  • Radi Nedelchev
  • Silvia Dimitrova
  • Vladimir Dimitrov - Maistora
  • Yaroslav Veshin
  • Zahariy Zograf
  • Zlatyu Boyadzhiev

Architects

  • Main article: List of Bulgarian architects
  • Andrey Damyanov
  • Kolyu Ficheto
  • Georgi Fingov
  • Naum Torbov

Cartoonists

  • Alex Maleev
  • Vlad Kolarov

Voivodes

  • Angel
  • Apostol Petkov
  • Chakar
  • Chavdar
  • Ilyo
  • Indzhe
  • Karposh
  • Manush
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Sports

Athletics

  • Stefka Kostadinova - World Record holder and 2 World Titles High Jump (1987, 1995)
  • Yordanka Donkova - World Record holder and 1 World Title Hurdling (1988)
  • Tereza Marinova
  • Petya Pendareva - sprinter
  • Iva Prandzheva
  • Rostislav Dimitrov - triple jumper

Boxing

  • Georgi Kostadinov - boxer, won the Olympic Flyweight gold medal at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games for Bulgaria
  • Ivailo Marinov - boxer, won the Olympic Flyweight gold medal at the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games, among others
  • Svilen Rusinov - boxer

Chess

  • Veselin Topalov - World Chess Champion (men, 2005)
  • Antoaneta Stefanova - World Chess Champion (women, 2004)
  • Ivan Cheparinov - chess player
  • Silvio Danailov - manager
  • Antoaneta Stefanova - former World Chess Champion (women, 2004)

Volleyball

  • Lyubomir Ganev
  • Plamen Konstantinov
  • Martin Stoev
  • Hristo Tsvetanov
  • Matey Kaziyski
  • Vladimir Nikolov
  • Evgeni Ivanov
  • Boyan Yordanov
  • Ivan Zarev
  • Andrey Zhekov
  • Dimitar Zlatanov
  • Nikolai Nikolov
  • Teodor Salparov
  • Antonina Zetova
  • Eva Yaneva
  • Strashimira Filipova

Football

  • Georgi Asparuhov
  • Krassimir Balakov
  • Dimitar Berbatov
  • Hristo Bonev
  • Dinko Dermendzhiev
  • Petar Houbchev
  • Trifon Ivanov
  • Ivan Kolev
  • Emil Kostadinov
  • Nikola Kotkov
  • Yordan Letchkov
  • Borislav Mikhailov
  • Dimitar Penev
  • Luboslav Penev
  • Martin Petrov
  • Stiliyan Petrov
  • Aleksandar Shalamanov
  • Nasko Sirakov
  • Hristo Stoichkov - World Cup 1994 Top Scorer, European Footballer of the Year (1994)
  • Dimitar Yakimov
  • Zlatko Yankov
  • Petar Zhekov

Tennis

  • Manuela Maleeva - tennis player
  • Katerina Maleeva
  • Magdalena Maleeva
  • Grigor Dimitrov - tennis player
  • Tsvetana Pironkova

Other sports

  • Maria Gigova - 3 Rhythmic Gymnastics World Titles (1969, 1971, 1973), Guinness World Records
  • Maria Petrova - 3 Rhythmic Gymnastics World Titles (1993, 1994, 1995), Guinness World Records
  • Albena Denkova - World Figure Skating Champion Ice dancing (pairs) (2006, 2007)
  • Valentin Yordanov - 2 Olympic, 7 World and 7 European Titles Wrestling
  • Nikolay Bukhalov - 2 Olympic and 5 World Titles Canoeing
  • Georgi Georgiev - 2 World Titles Sambo (2003, 2006)
  • Mariya Grozdeva - sport shooter
  • Ivan Ivanov - Olympic weightlifter
  • Yordan Yovchev - world champion and five-time Olympic gymnast
  • Tanyu Kiryakov
  • Dan Kolov - a famous Bulgarian wrestler
  • Hristo Prodanov - mountaineer
  • Evgeniya Radanova
  • Neshka Robeva
  • Kaloyan Mahlyanov (Kotooshu) - Sumo Wrestler

Theology

  • Antim I
  • Evtimiy of Tarnovo
  • Vladislav the Grammarian
  • Peter Deunov (Master Beinsa Douno) - Founder of the Universal White Brotherhood

Cuisine

  • Ivan Zvezdev
  • Silvena Rowe