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Crete born John Anthony Aniston, (birth name Yiannis Anitios Anastassakis) is an American actor and the father of actress Jennifer Aniston.
This surname was originally derived from the Greek Andreas, a name meaning manly. It was the name of the first of Jesus Christ's disciples, which is known in various local forms throughout Christendom... [more]
Patronym from the given name Andreas
, with the Cretan suffix -akis
. Common in Australian Greek communities.
Reduced form of any of various Greek surnames derived from the forename Angelos
(from #angelos ‘messenger’, ‘angel’), as for example Angelopoulos
Habitational name for someone from the city of Arta in Epirus.
Comes from the Greek root word of "Daskalalos" (Δάσκαλος) that means "teacher", with the adittion of the ending "akis" (ακης) that usually shows a connection with the island of Crete
Meaning Deacon. Notable bearer of this name is Athanasios Diakos (1786–1821), a Greek military commander during the Greek War of Independence and a national hero.
"Diamonds" in Greek. One notable bearer of the surname is Marina Lambrini Diamandis, A Welsh/Greek Songwriter and Singer who preforms under the stage name of "Marina and the Diamonds"
From medieval Greek doukas
"duke", "lord", from Latin dux
. This was the name of a family of imperial rank in medieval Byzantium.
From the Greek name Δρακων (Drakon) which means "dragon, serpent"
Dukakis means "son of the duke or little duke".
ECONOMOS Greek (Anglicized, Expatriate, ?)
Alternate transcription of Greek Οικονόμος (see Oikonomos
), which was an occupational surname meaning "one who manages a household, steward of an estate, housekeeper" from the ancient Greek word οἰκόνομος (oikonomos)
, itself derived from οἶκος (oikos)
"house, household" and νόμος (nomos)
Means 'someone with blue, pale eyes', derived from the Greek "galanos", meaning 'azure', 'milky' or 'blue'.
Occupational name for a coppersmith, from gana
"coating", "verdigris". Possibly also a variant of Ganis
GERMAN English, Norman, German, Jewish, Greek
From Old French germain
meaning "German". This sometimes denoted an actual immigrant from Germany, but was also used to refer to a person who had trade or other connections with German-speaking lands... [more]
GIORGAINA Greek (Archaic)
Andronymic meaning "wife of Georgios
". This was used in early modern Greece, at which time a married woman's surname was formed from her husband's given name and the suffix -αινα (-aina)
Nothing is known of this family name other then they grew up in Manhattan, New York, other states and cities too but most can from boats and had to be quertied at Ellis Island, New York
Hasapi is the word, "butcher" in the Greek language. The last name Hasapis is most probably from immigrants traveling to the new world
A Greek rendering of حاج (ḥājj), denoting one who has successfully completed a pilgrimage. In a Christian context, the title designates a person who has visited Jerusalem and the Holy Land and was baptised in the Jordan River... [more]
Hatzis is the modern form of the Greek khatzis 'a pilgrim to Jerusalem' (either Christian or Muslim), considered a high social distinction. The Greek term is Semitic in origin and is cognate with Arabic hajj 'pilgrimage (to Mecca).'
Means "son of the monk" in Greek, derived from Greek καλόγερος (kalógeros)
Means “black John” from the Greek prefix καρα- (kara-)
meaning “black” (of Turkish origin) and the name Giannis
It cames only from the greek island lefkada, its by the word meaning is "Downfoot" nut actually it means The guy who run away
Reduced form of Kazandis
which is an occupational surname for a maker of cauldrons or someone who uses a cauldron for the distillation of ouzo or raki. It is derived from Turkish kazanci
meaning "cauldron worker", "furnace worker"; from kazan
meaning "cauldron" and -ci
which is a patronymic derivative.
(Greek background) not very common surname and comes from Greece
Topographic surname for someone who lived in a forest, ultimately from Turkish koru
meaning "small forest, grove".
KOURLITIS Greek (Modern), Greek (Australian)
Of unknown origin, bearing the locational suffix -tis
, "of, from". Potentially related to κουρλί
, "tendril of hair", kouros
, "noble boy, youth", or a location such as Koursaroi.
From ancient and medieval Greek laskaris
, a kind of soldier, from Persian laeshkaer
"army". This is the same word as Urdu lascar
"sailor" and Arabic el-askari
"the army", "the troops".
Variant of LOUKANIS
. A famous bearer is American former olympic diver Greg Louganis (1960-).
Means "sausage" in Greek, nickname for a butcher or sausage maker.
Notable bearer of this name is General Yannis Makriyannis (1797-1864), was a Greek merchant, military officer, politician and author.
Occupational name for a maker of handles (e.g. of knives), from medieval Greek manikion
"sleeve", "handle", from Latin manicae
MASALIS Greek (Cypriot)
Cypriot surname, often used in rural parts of Cyprus. Died out in Greece, there are no more living people with it anymore.
MASSARA Italian, Greek
Either a feminine form of Massaro
or from the equivalent occupational or status name in medieval Greek, (massaras
meaning ‘peasant’ or ‘share cropper’) which is from the word massaria
meaning ‘small farm’.
Possibly from the names of several characters in Greek mythology, including a son of Poseidon who the Nile River was originally named after.
A common last name in Greece. Probably from the Archangel Michael who appeared to the Virgin Mary with a lily.
One meaning/explanation of the surname Morells is it's an Americanization of the Greek name surname Mariolis
NICODEMOU Greek (Cypriot)
Variant transcription of Νικοδήμου (see Nikodimou
), a patronymic from the genitive form of Nikodimos
. Genitive patronymics are particularly associated with Cyprus. A known bearer is Australian actress Ada Nicodemou (1977-).
Derived from the given name Panagos
(a short form of Panagiotis
) and the patronymic suffix -πουλος (-poulos)
. This suffix occurs chiefly in the Peloponnese; it is derived from Latin pullus
Derived from the Greek words panta, "always", and zise, "live". Means "always live" or "live forever".
Means "descendant of the diamond priest" in Greek. A notable bearer of this surname is Ioannis Papadiamantopoulos, a Greek revolutionary leader.
Means "son of the priest", derived from the Greek παπάς (papás)
meaning "priest" combined with the Turkish oğlu
meaning "son, descendant".
When many Greek immigrants came to the U.S. at Ellis Island or wherever else they came to, they shortened their names. Pappas means priest. People with this name are descendants of priests. (In the Greek Orthodox church, one can become a priest if married... [more]
Perdikogiannis is derived from the Greek word “Πέρδικα”; meaning “partridge”, as well as the word “Γιάννης“ (“John”). The literal translation of the surname is “Partridge John”.
The suffix 'akis' indicates that this name comes from the island of Crete. The precise meaning is unknown, though it is theorised that, as 'poly' means "many" or "much" and 'chron' might be supposed to come from the same root as 'Chronos' meaning "time", the name means "much time" or "long time".
Originally a nickname for a red-haired or blond person, derived from Greek ρούσος (roúsos)
Means "saddler" or "saddle-maker" in Greek, ultimately from σαμάρι (samári)
Derived from Turkish sari
meaning "blond, fair-haired".
From the personal name Sav(v)as, New Testament Greek Sabbas
, a derivative of Sabbaton
SCALA Italian, Greek
Habitational or topographic name from any of various places named with scala
, "ladder", "steps", "wharf".
Greek reduced and altered form of the personal name Isidoros
), altered by folk etymology as if derived from sidero
‘iron’ (classical Greek sideron
), and hence regarded as an omen name: ‘may the child grow up to be as strong as iron’.
Surname of dancer and actress Zoï Tatopoulos, and of her father, Patrick Tatopoulos, production designer and director
From a short form of the personal name Athanasios
, literally "immortal". This was the name of several saints venerated in the Greek Orthodox Church, the most important of them being Athanasios
the Great (293–373), theologian and patriarch of Alexandria in Egypt.
From the baptismal name Benizelos
, which is already in existence since the 16th century in Athens. Uncertain etymology, most likely to be of Italian origin, (Bene + angelo, the good angel, ie Evangelos
From Greek βούβαλις (vouvalis)
meaning "antelope" or βούβαλος (vouvalos)