present village is named after Momchil Voyvoda, a medieval fighter
against the Ottoman invasion that had a fortress in the area and
a great defender of the local people.
In 15-17 century the village was
called "Gorno Derekyoi" when the Rhodope area was under
Muslim rule but Momchilovtsi is one of the few villages in the
Rhodope Mountains to maintain and preserve Christianity and the
history of the village goes back many centuries and in the surrounding
area many artifacts were found.
Of these many were archeological
objects of great value such as tools and ornaments used at the time
of the Thraci - the Roman and Slavic civilisation - which logs the
proof of continuous life from the Bronze Age until the present day.
In Bulgarian folkore, Momchil Yunak
is glorified in numerous songs and epic tales as a defender of the
people and a prominent fighter against the Ottomans although, in
fact, the Turks he fought against were from Aydin.