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.
submitted by Vikki Vrettos Fraioli on 06.02.2007
The "paratsukli" of the descendants of Efrocene Venardos (1830-1935) and Haralambos Chlentzos from Christoforianika was "Yiortomelis"
We don't know the origin of this nickname and would appreciate information that others could provide.
Efrocene and Haralambos had four children; Kyrani, Panayiotis, Diamandis, and Maria.
submitted by Peter Vanges on 18.01.2005
The name of the original settler of Christoforianika was Christoforos who escaped the destruction of Paliohora.
Later families by the name of Hlentzos and Coolendianos settled here.
Descendants of all the above families can be found in America and Australia.
Gravestone for Panayiotis and Ekaterini Vamvakaris
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