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 Polizos Family Tree. If you don’t know where to click, the brief descriptions might point you in the right direction. Otherwise, just click on Apostolos’ name to start at the beginning. Note: the entire Polizos Family Tree is approximately 60 pages long.

Apostolos Polizos    +     Wife   First Marriage

I.      Andromahi

Notable names include: Kouroupis and Vasilikos.

Apostolos Polizos    +     Wife   First Marriage

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

II.     Yerakina (“Yerako, Kouko”)

Never married, no descendants.

III.    Konstantinos

All of Konstantinos’ grandchildren were born in Glossa, Skopelos, Greece. Some came to America. In the process of assimilating themselves to American culture, last names were changed.

His third grandchild Achilleus changed his name to Charles Arthur Polizo. Charles Arthur’s son Ioannis “John Arthur” changed the spelling of his last name in about 1915 to Pelezo. The Pelezo family all live in America.

His fourth grandchild Dimitrios spelled his name Polizo. A few of Dimirtrios’ descendants still live in America, the rest live in Greece.

His sixth grandchild Stamatios changed his name to Charles Jackson in about 1920. All of his descendants live in America.

IV.    Monemvasia

All descendants live in Greece. Prominent last names include Stamatiou and Koukorinis.

V.     Nikolaos  Died ~1912

All the children of his first two marriages were born in Glossa. Notable last names from these children include Caireys and Karayioryos. His third wife was from the village of Klima, and he settled there and his three children by this marriage were born in Klima.

Three of his grandchildren came to America and settled in Montgomery, AL. They all spell their name Polizos.

VI.    Lissimahos

All descendants live in Greece; some with the names Karayeoryios and Dionisiou.

VII.   Anastasia

All descendants live in Greece; some with the names Ouranitsas, Tsoukalas, and Kapadoukas.

VIII.  Andonios

Notable names include: Koukorinis and Papavasilis.

IX.    Fani ("Fanio")  1867 - 1949 (82 yrs old)

Her only daughter, Andromahi, married a Nikolís. Two of her grandchildren live in America under the names Nichols and Dennery.

X.     Thomas  1872 - 1924 (52 yrs old)

Almost all descendants live in Greece; some with the names Theologou, Papayeoryiou, and Rodiou.

Three of his grandghildren live in America under the last name Portaritis.

XI.    Triandafilos

Left for America with promises to send his sisters silk slippers. He was never heard from again.


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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