The Serbs are small community in Bulgaria, most of whom are emigrants. Many of them are athletes and businessmen that have expatriated to Bulgaria in the last two decades and subsequently received Bulgarian citizenship.
During the Byzantine rule in Bulgaria, the Serbs invaded Byzantine territory in 1149. Emperor Manuel I Komnenos (1143-1180) forced the rebellious Serbs to vassalage (1150–52) and settled some Serbian PoWs around Sofia. They founded the villages Mala Crkva (Srbsko selo) near Samokov and the former village Popovo (Srbski Samokov) near Pernik.
Two villages in today Bulgaria had carried till 1934 the name Srbinovo, as local legends claim they were founded during the early Ottoman times by Serbian settlers. These are the present-day villages Brezhani and Srebrinovo. Another place of early Serbian settlements is the area between Sevlievo (Servi) and Apriltsi (Srbska mahala) and the close villages Malki Varshets (Srbe) and Yavorets (Srbegli). The village Brakevtsi was settled also by Serbs in late Ottoman times, after the local population had emigrated to Bessarabia. In 1919 Brakevtsi was ceded to Serbia.
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^Mestnite nazvania ot Sevlievsko, Nikolaĭ P. Kovachev, Bŭlgarska akademia na naukite, 1961, str. 91.
^Антон Страшимиров, "Книга за българите" София, Библиотека "Вечни книги на България", Изд-во "Сибия", 1995, София, стр. 30.
^ abGeneral results of the population census of 1 January 1881, Statistics of the Principality of Bulgaria, p.11(Bulgarian)(French)
^ abcFinal results of the population census of 1 January 1881, Statistics of the Principality of Bulgaria, pp.198 and 286(Bulgarian)(French)