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Botoșani is the capital city of Botoșani County, in northern Moldavia, Romania. Today, it is best known as the birthplace of many celebrated Romanians, including Mihai Eminescu, Nicolae Iorga and Grigore Antipa.Origin of the nameThe name of the city probably has its origin in the name of a boyar family called Botaș, whose name can be found in old records from the time of Prince Stephen the Great (late 15th century) as one of the most important families of Moldavia, records which trace it back to the 11th century.HistoryBotoșani is first mentioned in "Letopisețul Țării Moldovei", covering the history of the region from 1359 to 1594. The chronicle was written by Grigore Ureche, a Moldavian chronicler who records a devastating invasion of the city by Tatars on November 28, 1493. Being placed at the junction of several commercial roads the city was initially a market town; in the 16th century, it already had "the biggest and the oldest fair of Moldavia".Large communities of Jewish and Armenian traders were present in this city starting with the 17th century.
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