Akçaabat is one of the pleasant seaside districts of Trabzon. Akçaabat’s history is clearly related to Trabzon’s history. In the work named “Trabzon’s History” Şevket Şakir Pasha said: “Trabzon was constructed 750 BC, and ‘Katris’ who forefather of Melets was settled in Trabzon. Also he mentioned that there are 96 villages and 6700 house in Akçaabat in the same work. Klavion said in the work named Orient Travel: “Since the weather is not convenient nuts loaded ship had to go back to the Blaton which is 6 miles away from Trabzon” This shows that Akçaabat was an important area.
“Platana” which means “Plane tree” in Greek was the earliest name known for Akçaabat. Bıjışkyan (1817) mentions about name of the district in his travel work: “Platana is a villlage in the Yoros Cove. Definition of Platana is plane tree because in this dicrict people were worship to that tree. Also some says Pulathane which means Iron Factory. There is no clear information about the name Pulathane.
About the name “Akçaabat”, according to etymologic researches Akçaabat means wealthy land. Also because of the trades, plenty of Money and white houses in old Turkish it means “City at the West”
After Turkoman Beylic conquered the area in 12th century Turkish people started to come in Akçaabat. District was joined to the land of Ottoman Empire after Mehmet II conqured the Trabzon in 1461.