Before I start to make fun of the Greek names, I must inform you that on my husband I myself - Macri, which means long. So, as they say my favorite Greeks, «όποιος κοροϊδεύει, κοροϊδεύει τα μούτρα του» - «Who mocks, he mocks his own countenance" (ie something like: you would have looked at himself..!).
For the uninitiated all Greek surnames sound about the same. "Popandopulos some" - at the time it is concluded Greeks I know all my friends. However, not all of them (names, not the Greeks) are long and sonorous. There are quite expressionless, and over which are not particularly joked: Razis, Bakas, Hatzis, John, Malta, Ling, Tsiora. No, if you are a Greek - be kind, called so that foreign language broken: Papaconstantinou, Paraskevopoulos, Makriyannis, Ioakimidis! (By the way, while preparing this article caught my eye this is the imechko: Margomenos Emmanuel-Hrisovalandis! Here's how! This is our way!)
Most of the names comes from the Greek place names - for example, Maniatis (from Mani), Moraitis (from Moryas - the popular name of the Peloponnese), or by nicknames. Some names ending their origin issue, say "-idis" or "-adis" - the classic Pontiac (Fotiadis, Ignatiadis, Tanakidis), "-oglu" - from Asia Minor (Hatzoglu, Portokaloglu), "-pulos" - from the Peloponnese ( POULOPOULOS, Papayanopulos), "-akos" - from Mani (Pandelakos, Dimitrakos), "-akis" - Crete (Verikakis, Stavrudakis), "-usis" - from the island of Chios (Vardusis), "-atos" - from the island of Kefalonia (Gerolimatos).
Yet the main categories of the origin of the names of four of the Greek name, locality, occupation and nickname. The most common ones are at its root have some name: Kostis, Georgis, Constantine, Antonio, Stephanopoulos, Stephanides, etc. (especially often such names in Cyprus - and not immediately clear where the name, and where.. Name: Costakis Constantinou, Lambros Lambrou, etc.).
Next: the place where the person was born or lived. Usually formed by the name of a village or a wider geographic region: Ipirotis, Politis, Psarianos, Patrinos. Clearly, this four comrades - originally from Epirus, Constantinople (= "Poly"), Psara and Patras respectively.
Now - for the name of the profession, from the oldest to the newest: Ambelás ( «Αμπέλι» - a vineyard), Zonaras ( «Ζώνη» - belt), Grammatikos ( «Γράμματα» - letters, diploma), Psaras ( «Ψάρι» - fish) Samaras ( «Σαμάρι» - seat). (Personally, I had a friend named Nikos Psomas - from the word «ψωμί» - bread, and there was this Psomas well, so chubby just like natural bun!)
Formed by many names and nicknames relating to the physical or moral characteristics of a person: Vrahnos (husky), Kamburis (hunchback), Levendis (well done), Vyastikos (hurried), Agelastos (unsmiling). (I used to know one Dimitris Pistikosa - ie Dmitry Convincing (Πειστικός), and tried to convince me that Dimitris is that there is no better than his men in this world, but alas - proved inconclusive.
It also happens that a person is compared to some animal or plant, and this is also reflected in the names: Gatos (Cat) Revifis ( «ρεβύθι» - peas). (Did you know that the real name of the Nobel laureate Odysseas Elytis - actually Alepudelis, that is like "Lisichkin» (αλεπού - fox) Often this type of names describe certain kinship:. Pateras (father), Engonopulos (from «εγγονός» - grandson), Orfanos (orphan).
And what are the names in your Greek friends and girlfriends?