Genealogy Clues in Greek Last Names

Genealogy Clues in Greek Last Names

Ready to start researching your Greek ancestors? You can discover quite a bit just by learning about Greek surnames. Here's how!
Greek Surnames last names place origin
Greece, Europe


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


Related Products

No Comments

Leave a Reply

You may use these HTML tags and attributes:

<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>