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    Re: Classify my greek relatives

    Quote Originally Posted by Vasilis View Post
    In Greece we have Greek, Albanian, Turkish and Slavic(?) surnames.

    F.e. the names Karamanlis, Karahasanis are Turkish.

    The name Karajan(nis) is Turkish-Greek. From the Turkish word 'Kara' meaning black, and the Greek name Jan(nis) (=John)

    The names Prekas, Botsaris, Dousis etc are Albanian

    The names Papadopoulos, Ekonomou, Triantafilou, etc are Greek

    Zikakis is not a Greek name, it sounds Turkish to me, but i'm not sure.
    Thanks, I guess. If indeed their surname is of Turkish origin their Turkish ancestors must have come into Greece in the 1400's and have married only ethnic Greeks ever since, because none of them shows the slightest hint of Turkic racial features, ie Turanid etc.

    What about the surname Doukakis/Δουκάκης ? Is that of Turkish origin?
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    Re: Classify my greek relatives

    Zikakis should come from Crete.

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    Re: Classify my greek relatives

    I'm not sure if Zikak(is) is a turkish name.
    The Greeks have adopted many turkish words, habits, etc. Lots of traditional 'Greek' foods are really Turkish. Greek coffee is Turkish, sujuk(akia), baklava, muzaka, tzatzik(i), imam baildi etc are Turkish (i'm not sure how you spell all these in English)

    Having a turkish name does not necessarily mean you have mixed with a Turk.
    Albanians for example have adopted the Turkish religion. That does not mean they are arabs.

    Not all Greek names ending in -akis are Cretan.

    'Doukas' means duke in Greek. Doukakis could be translated as 'little duke' (?)
    I'm not a glossologist though.

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    Re: Classify my greek relatives

    Quote Originally Posted by Theudiskaz View Post
    Thanks, I guess. If indeed their surname is of Turkish origin their Turkish ancestors must have come into Greece in the 1400's and have married only ethnic Greeks ever since, because none of them shows the slightest hint of Turkic racial features, ie Turanid etc.

    What about the surname Doukakis/Δουκάκης ? Is that of Turkish origin?
    The origin of names have nothing to to with the ethnic composition of the peoples. example: Papadopoulos is not a Greek name. Poulos or ' Poulo' has its root in the Italian language which means 'child of'. These names were adopted by the Greeks in the Peloponese when it was conquered by the Venetians(? not exactly sure). Same goes for many Turkish sounding names.
    Many Greeks from Asia Minor and Constantinople had Turkish sounding names like Oglu or Kara. This were given for administrative purposes and other different reasons.

    Slavic surnames on the other hand are rare in Greece, but might have something to do with intermixture. Slavic surnames in Greece can be found in Northern Greece.

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