Greek surname Louvaris
I'd like to have some information about the Greek surname Louvaris (Λούβαρης), pronounced as LOO-vah-rees. I know that there is a place in Cyprus named Louvaras (Λουβαράς), pronounced as loo-vah-RAHS, and I guess there is something in common with Louvaris, I mean the root Louvar-.
Do you have any Idea about its meaning?
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I found this :3 But it's just speculation, it's not official:
"The meaning of Louvaris come may come from a craft, such as the name "Clark" which evolved from the profession of "clerk". Many of these trade-based last names may be a profession in a different language. For this reason it is essential to know the nationality of a name, and the languages used by its family members. Many names like Louvaris originate from religious texts like the Bhagavadgītā, the Quran, the Bible, and so on. In many cases these names relate to a religious phrase such as "Grace of God"."
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Thank you for the answer but I think the piece you reported is a generic reference about surnames as a whole rather than about this specific surname, Louvaris, isn't it?
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It's a source of annoyance to me that I've never seen or heard of a dictionary of Greek surnames, nor have I found a worthwhile website dealing with Greek surnames. Nor have I seen or heard of an etymological dictionary of the Greek language. Why is this, I wonder?
I would suggest that the Louvaris/Louvaras connection was your best bet for an explanation, but the surname doesn't appear to be Cypriot. Perhaps Louvaras has a locative basis which would feature in place names elsewhere in the Greek speaking world.
I have noticed over time that a fair number of surnames borne by Greeks have a non-Hellenic origin - Turkish, Albanian, Macedonian (i.e., Slavic).
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Yeah, I guess there's not much about Greek surnames around, I don't know why either. Still thank you about your response though!
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