Sevar of Bulgaria

"Sevar" redirects here. For the village in Iran, see Sevar, Iran.
Khan of Bulgaria
Reign 738–753
Predecessor Kormesiy
Successor Kormisosh
House Dulo

Sevar (Bulgarian: Севар) was a ruler of Bulgaria in the 8th century.

The Nominalia of the Bulgarian khans, states that he belonged to the royal Dulo clan and ruled for 15 years. According to the chronology developed by Moskov, Sevar would have reigned 721737. Other chronologies place his reign in 738754, but cannot be reconciled with the testimony of the "Namelist". According to historians as Steven Runciman and David Marshall Lang Sevar is the last ruler of the Dulo dynasty, with him died out the lineage of Attila the Hun.[1][2]

It has been suggested that his name is derived from Persian Ziwar (adornment).[3] Although initially a female name, it could also serve as a component of male names, as suggested by Chuvash pre-Christian name Aksĕver.[3]

It is possible that his reign was peaceful, because the Byzantine chronicles do not report any events on the Empire’s northern borders from that period. Although this is an argument from silence, it is a plausible assumption. Sevar Point on Livingston Island in the South Shetland Islands, Antarctica is named after Sevar of Bulgaria.



  1. The Bulgarians: from pagan times to the Ottoman conquest, David Marshall Lang, page 49,
  2. A history of the First Bulgarian Empire, Steven Runciman, page 35,
  3. 1 2 Fedotov's dictionary of pre-Christian Chuvash names
Preceded by
Khan of Bulgaria
Succeeded by
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