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 Hirras Family Tree. If you don’t know where to click, the brief descriptions might point you in the right direction. Otherwise, just click on Dimitrios’ name to start at the beginning. Note: the entire Hirras Family Tree is approximately 36 pages long.

Dimitrios Stamatios Hirras    +     Alexandra

Born: Late 1830’s or Early 1840’s
We do not know the exact birth order of Dimitrios’ children below. The research is ongoing.

I.      Andromahi

Andromahi lived in Ayia Paraskevi, Kassandra, Halkidiki, Greece. Descendants of her son, Konstantinos, still live there with the last name Vamvakas. Andromahi's daughter Alexandra's descendants now live in Greece, South Africa, and America. Among them are the Amygdalitsis / Mitchell family.

II.     Ioannis  ~1863 – 1935 (72 yrs old)

Ioannis lived in Glossa. Some of his descendants came to America and Canada but most stayed in Greece. Notable names: Ballas and Larigakis

III.    Stamatios  1865 – 1936 (71 yrs old)

Most of his descendants live in Greece. One family lives in the Bahamas and has the last name Berdanis. Another family lives in the southeastern United States and has the last name Polizos.

IV.    Nikolaos

Nikolaos lived in Skopelos town. His family continues to live in Greece.

V.     Efraxia

Descendants still live in Greece. Half of them have the last name Karayeoryis

VI.    Maria

Died Young- No further information


It is believed that Dimitrios Hirras brought his family to Skopelos from the island of Evia.

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: Dimitrios Stamatios Hirras’ first son would be named Stamatios Dimitrios Hirras. Stamatios’ first son would be named Dimitrios Stamatios Hirras 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.

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
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