The Skopelos Project
Genealogical research from the island of Skopelos

How to Start:

Click on any name in the outline below to go directly to their section of the Koutrouli Family Tree. If you don’t know where to click, the brief descriptions might point you in the right direction. Otherwise, just click on Elias’ name to start at the beginning. Note: the entire Koutrouli Family Tree is approximately 18 pages long.

Elias Koutrouli    +     Ourania (“Ouranitsa”) Balamouti   Deceased ~1923

We do know the exact birth order of Elias' children below.

I.      Ekaterini (“Kadinio”)  ~1862 – 1949 (87 yrs old)

Notable names include: Salpadimos, Trakosas, Glikos, Yerakinis, and Karvelis.

II.     Kerasia (“Keratso, Tsitso”)  1859 – Mar. 1944 (85 yrs old)

Notable names include: Fivyas, Polizos, and Berdanis.

III.    Eleni

Notable names include: Dendis, Dendes, Trakosas, Perri, Sainas, and Ross.

IV.    Maria (“Mariyo”)

Notable names include Manolios.

V.     Elenio

Notable names include Kastanis.

VI.    Evangelos (“Vagelis”)


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
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.