The island, which Herodotus referred to as Ekatonisos, had many names throughout history. Founded here in ancient times, the city was called Nesos. The Greeks named Moshonisa, meaning ‘fragrant island’. The reason was the scent of daffodils carried by its characteristic wind all around the island. Later on, Piri Reis added the large and small islands around it and named them as Yund Islands in his maps, and the name Cunda evolved from there. Lieutenant Colonel Ali Cetinkaya, who opposed the orders of his superiors to 'Surrender to the Invaders' during the Independence War, started off the liberation struggle. After this heroism, this place was also known as Alibey Island.