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Type Surname (from location)
Usage Greek
Scripts Γαλιφιανάκης(Greek)
Pronounced Pron. gal-ə-fə-NAK-is(English)  [key]
Other Forms FormsGalifianákis, Galyfianakis, Galifianos, Galfianakis, Galyfianaki, Kalivianakis, Kalyvianakis, Kalyviannakis

Meaning & History

Patronymic derived from Galifa, a small village near the former municipality of Episkopi in the regional unit of Heraklion, in Crete, Greece. The place name itself is possibly derived from Greek γαλίφης (galífis) meaning "flatterer", a cognate of Italian gaglioffo. A famous bearer is American actor and comedian Zach Galifianakis (1969-).
Added 4/23/2022 by General9696
Edited 3/19/2024 by General9696