First hypothesis on Variations of the name

To these days many outstanding scientists are having more and newer facts, hypothesis, and theories of its possible development and moving because that one was very interesting and peculiar nationality, and like every historical settlement or a leading tribe made a great contribution into our current World we live in.

The Chinese annals indicate that the structure of the Bulkhar administrative hierarchy moved from the Middle Asian area to the Northern Caucasus area. The title Sulifa for the tribal head of the Middle Asian Puku - Bugu people, recorded in the Chinese annals as 'Sulifa Kenan Bain', or in some other records 'Bayan', later in the tenth century Al-Masoudi recorded the title Sulifa, or Sulifan, used among the Dagestani Bulgars by a Khazarian vassal, a head of the Djidjan Kingdom, or the Kingdom of the Huns, with main city of Semender.

For a time, the title 'Sulifa' was exploited to prove a non-Turkish genesis of the 'Bulgars', to supply 'Bulgars' with an alternate, shiny and more respectable in the eyes of enthusiastic historians' pedigree. As usual, the problem proved to be non-existent, instead of an Iranian etymology, the title 'Sylifa' turned out to be a Chinese denomination of the Turkish 'Elteber', or a viceroy. The Chinese used the word 'Sylifa' to describe an appointed position that reports to the leaders of the Kaganate, Kagan or Yabgu, and supervises the work of the Tutuks, regional tax collectors. An Elteber was in charge of a tribe or a group of tribes, not only Puku - Bugu people, but a number of other Turkish tribes had their Sylifas in the areas of the Middle Asia and Central Asia occupied by the Chinese.