On my search to look for towns and cities and their histories. It is fun and enlightening. This search is teaching me a lot about Transylvania.
One of these fun facts that I found interesting is the many names that Transylvania goes by. The Romanians, the Romans, the Germans the Polish and the Hungarians each have or had their own versions of the name which Transylvania goes by.
For example, in the Germans called the area, Siebenburgen or translated "seven fortresses" which denoted, their seven major cities. According the the Saxons they fonded all these cities, though they probably helped rebuild them. The Polish used a similar wording, Siedmiogrod.
The Romans, who spoke Latin gave the area the name : ultra silvam, which means beyond the forests. Given that Transylvania is lush with forests, this is a good name, although a bit misleading. Another form in the Latin is: Ultrasylvania.
The Hungarians gave Transylvania the name of Erdely. It can be found in a document in Hungarian, so the name was known early.
The Romanians also gave Transylvania a name: Ardelui. The name to me seems closest to the Hungarian version, but I haven't had much time to look deeply into this. (I took this spelling from wikipedia, listed under Transylvania)
This is all interesting to me, since much of the history of a place can be found in its name. Transylvania is unique as a place, and I am still looking for some information on a few of the major towns to tell people about this.