Genealogy Clues in Greek Last Names

Genealogy Clues in Greek Last Names

Certain Greek surname suffixes are associated with various parts of Greece, providing clues to where a family might have originated. Here are common place-based suffixes:   -akis: Crete and the Aegean Islands -akos: Laconia -as: Macedonia and the Epirus  -atos or –etos: Ionian islands  -eas: Messenian part...

Certain Greek surname suffixes are associated with various parts of Greece, providing clues to where a family might have originated. Here are common place-based suffixes:
 

-akis: Crete and the Aegean Islands
-akos: Laconia
-as: Macedonia and the Epirus
 -atos or –etos: Ionian islands
 -eas: Messenian part of the Mani peninsula
 -allis or –ellis: Dodecanese islands, mainly Rhodes
 -iadia or –iades: Asia Minor
 -idis or –ides: Asia Minor
 -lis: Turkey
 -oglou: Asia Minor
 -ou: Cyprus

 -opoulos: originally Peloponnesus, but now widespread throughout Greece
 
From the May/June 2012 issue of Family Tree Magazine 

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