The Skopelos Project
Genealogical research from the island of Skopelos

How to Start:

Click on any underlined name in the outline below to go directly to their section of the Fivyas Family Tree. If you don’t know where to click, the brief descriptions might point you in the right direction. Otherwise, just click on Yeoryios’ name to start at the beginning. Note: the Fivyas Family Tree is approximately 25 pages long.

Yeoryios Fivyas                 +     Wife


I.       Konstantinos               +     Kerasia (“Keratso, Tsitso”) Koutroúli

Died ~1928                                        1859 - Mar. 1944 (85 yrs old)


A.      Yeoryios- March 13, 1882 – Dec. 26, 1941 (59 yrs old)

Five of his seven children moved to America; four sons and daughter Nina, whose last name is Christou. Other last names: Berdanis


B.      Ourania- Sept. 15, 1883 – Nov. 5, 1943 (60 yrs old)

Three out of five children permanently moved to America with the last names Polizos and Berdanis


C.      Ioannis- May 13, 1888 – May 17, 1940 (52 yrs old)

His only child, daughter Anargeri, moved to America with the last name Ballas


II.     Kiriakos                      +     Wife Polizou



A.      Yeoryios- 1886 – Oct. 11, 1918 (32 yrs old - flu during WWI in Pensecola, FL)


B.      Andromahi (“Maho”)

All descendants are believed to be in Greece with the last name Fivyas and Kookorinis


III.  Dimitrios ("Mitso")       +     Wife



A.      Yeoryios ("Boulouzas") (adopted)

All descendants are believed to be in Greece with the last name Fivyas and Morris


IV.   Andromahi (“Maho”)     +     Yeoryios Ballas



A.      Eleni

Prominent last names include Ravanos, and Sikiotis


V.      Ekaterini (“Kadinio”)?    +     Konstantinos Karayeoryos



A.      Andromahi (“Maho”)

Prominent last names include Koukorinis, Salpadimos, Fivyas, Karvelis, Dalakiaris,
Patsis, Kehriotis, and Amigdalitsis


VI.   Daughter                     +     Ioannis Angeli



A.      Konstantinos


B.      Yeoryios- Died in Greenville, MS



Although Fivgas with a “g” is the preferred English spelling. We have used Fivyas with a “y” as to imitate the phonetical Greek pronunciation.

We do not yet know the birth order of Yeoryios Fivyas’ children. The genealogical research is ongoing.

Our outlines are color coded by generations. In our outlines, the formal birth / baptismal name is written first and sometimes followed by a middle name in instances when the middle name is not the father’s first name. All names seen in quotation marks are the name that friends and family would call that individual. Any change in a last name is indicated in Bold characters.

Greek tradition prescribes that the first male offspring are named after the paternal grandfather. Similarly, the first female offspring are usually named after the paternal grandmother. Further offspring are named after the maternal grandparents. All middle names were the child’s father’s first name.

For example: Konstantinos Yeoryios Fivyas’ first son would be named Yeoryios Konstantinos Fivyas. Yeoryios’ first son would be named Konstantinos Yeoryios Fivyas after his grandfather and so on.

In Greece, women’s surnames take the possessive form (genitive form in Latin) of their fathers’ last names and after marriage, their husbands’ last names. We document all women born in Greece in this way. For example, the last name Polizos changes to Polizou (belonging to Polizos), Hirras changes to Hirra, and Sideris becomes Sideri. The last names of women born in America stay the same as their father’s and husband’s names and we have documented all American names in this way.

All Greek names are spelled phonetically rather than using some common English spellings. For example: Hristina is typically spelled Christina in America. If born in Greece, we use the phonetical Hristina instead so as to accurately mimic the Greek pronunciation.

Ourania’s husband Varsamas’ name is spelled as ‘Valsama’ by both of his grandsons Vic and Victor in America.

The following is a glossary of some Greek names and their English equivalents:

Apostolos =      Paul, Apostle
Dimitrios =      Dimitri, Jimmy, James
Stamatios =      Charles
Ioannis =      John, Yianni
Konstantinos =      Constantine, Dean, Dino, Gus
Varsamas or Valsamas =      Victor, Vic
Anastasios =      Tasso
Vasilios =      William, Bill, Basil



Nina, Renee
Ioanna =      Joanna, Anna
Konstantina =      Constance, Connie, Tina
Eleni =      Helen
Evyenia =      Jean, Ginnie
Created by Constantine V. Polizos. All images and information on this site are property of Victor G.Polizos and may not be used without permission.