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Various peoples lived on the shores of Baikal in past times. The great migrations taking place on the vast spaces of East European and the Asian steppes changed the map of the world beyond all recognition.

Intertribal unions and states were created and destroyed. Only a few of these names of Baikal have come down to us from the past - Lamu, Beihai, Tengis, Tengis-dalai, Baigal, Baigal-dalai, Dalai, Svyatoye Morye (Sacred Sea).

At least it had such name in Russian documents of the XVIII century; for example, it is said in taxation statements that the interpreter Kondraty Myasin brought 54 sable skins from the Upper Kirenga and said "he had walked from the taxation winter quarters up the river Lena between Lamu and the river Kirenga to the Lamsky mountain range to the Tungus people ..." The territories around Verkholensky fortress are described in the Russian documents as follows: "from Verkholensky fortress up the rivers Lena and Kulenga and Kirenga, and Khandy and the Lamsky mountain range and lake Ocheulya ...", and the Tungus tribes inhabiting these territories are called "the Tungus of lake Ocheulya and the Lamsky mountain range" or simply "the Lamsky tribes". Shubin noted this, suggesting that the Evenk family of namyasintsy (nameghiry), inhabiting the mouth of the Barguzin river on the eastern shores of north Baikal before the coming of the Russians, received its name from their locality - the shores of Baikal, that is from the word "lamu", which was transformed as follows: namu - lamu - lamughil(r) - namughir - nameghir.

Possibly the Evenks included the word "lamu" in the names of their family groups. The family names that arose had only one meaning - "seaside".

In the past, the territory which used to be inhabited by the Evenks was larger than now.

This can be seen from the geographic names related to the Evenk language either in their roots or in the way they are formed.

This quite significant fact, especially for an ancient nomad, determined the lake's relative inaccessibility.

For example, in Russ there are clear signs of Evenk or in any case Tungus-Manchurian origin in such seemingly age-old Russian names as Vychegda, Onega, Pinega, Nyandoma, the cities Vologda, Volokolamsk and others.