Subject: Re: Mavros
Author: Anon.   (guest)
Date: May 24, 2004 at 11:55 AM
Reply to: Re: MAVROS & KANAKIS by yannis

The word mavros originally referred to natives of Mauretania. Mavros and Latin Maurus may derive ultimately from an ancient North African language. The natural Greek word for the colour black is melas (melanos). I think '(dark as a) Moor' is a more precise interpretation of this surname than just 'black'.

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