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Because Kythera was settled in such a way that a few dozen original families spawned the majority of present-day Kytherians, almost every branch of every family had a "nickname" to distinguish it from that of others with the same surname.

The nicknames were sometimes simply the genitive form of a christian name (e.g. "Dimitrelou") or derived from the profession of an ancestor (e.g. "Miliotis" = "Miller") or even describe a physical attribute (e.g. "Koutsaftis" or "Tarzan").

This is the section of the website where you can view the island's nicknames and read about which surnames they are associated with and hopefully where they came from as well.

You can submit to the section by clicking on add to nicknames at the top right.

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submitted by Karlie Vagias on 28.02.2004

Zarmas - Raissis

Zarmas - Raissis (Fratsia)

People > Nicknames

submitted by Robin Tzannes on 21.08.2003

Pasha Ali of Fratsia

My husband's grandfather, George S. Tzannes of Fratsia, was nicknamed Pasha Ali. I've been told that it was because, like the Turkish Pasha, he was such a wealthy man. Papou had a large family, a beautiful house, lots of livestock, fruitful vineyards and olive orchards. Ironically, of all his 13 children and 23 grandchildren, only one is now a permanent resident of the island; his gracious home is now a pile of rubble behind the Fratsia platia; and only seven of his olive trees are still harvested ...