Historical Figures

How did the real Count Dracula get his name?
Answered by Animal Planet
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  1. "Dracula" means "son of the dragon." Vlad Dracul's son formally took the name "Dracula" when he was initiated into a secret order of Christian knights called the Order of the Dragon. However, while Dracula was now his legal name, he was better known by his gruesome nickname "Tepes," which means "Impaler." He would find this unfortunate, as it is known that one of his greatest wishes was to be canonized after his death. However, the title "saint" has never been used when speaking about Dracula.

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