One of the reasons I set up this Web-Site is to help me in my current genealogical search and hopefully expand my family tree, which I am currently piecing together! Also, this site has expanded to offer many resources to other Hellenes on the web and is a useful genealogical tool for people of Greek heritage who are researching their ancestors.
This page will explain the locations that some of my Greek heritage originated from. If you are from these places or even if you have visited the sections of Greece mentioned below please drop me an E-mail at DimitriosJ@aol.com
My Greek ancestry originated from the prefecture of Lakonia, on the Peloponnisos peninsula of Greece.
Click here to see some maps and information about Lakonia
There are 2 small villages in Lakonia from which my Greek heritage is rooted. They are both beautiful villages in the ancient state of Lakonia. The first surname in my family tree that I will mention is the name: Batsakis. This name originates from the small village of AGIOS DIMITRIOS, in the municipality of ZARAKOS, LAKONIAS and in the district of EPIDAVROU LIMIRAS. It is a beautiful village in the mountains of Lakonia. In this area you can find the villages of Niata, Kremasti, Molai, Gouves, Rihia, Harakas, Kiparissi, Kato Glikovrisi, Vlahiotis, and southward you will find Monemvassia (a unique seaport on the south-eastern prong of the Peloponnisos peninsula).
The other location that a part of my heritage originates from is the small village of KAMINIA. The name of the village was changed to DAFNI during the time of the Turkish rule over Greece. This village is very close to the village of XIROKAMBI (Just south of SPARTA, LAKONIA), in the district of Lakedaimonos. It is a very unique, beautiful, and absolutely picturesque village! In this area, you can also find the villages of Paleopanagia, Agios Ioannis, Amikles, Gorani, Potamia, the ancient Byzantine state of Mistras, and other small but beautiful and unique villages. In the mountains just above the village of XIROKAMBI, you can also find an ancient monastery called ZERBITSA. The surname in my ancestry that originates from the village of DAFNI is the name: Theofilopoulos. There is also another surname in my family tree that may originate from this area of Greece, but I have not been able to pin-point the exact village of its origin. The surname is Haritopoulos.
If you have any information about any of the places or names mentioned above, please contact me!! Again, my e-mail address is DimitriosJ@aol.com
Visit my LINKS page for links to websites about Greece and other cool sites!
Also, please check out my surname database! A growing list of surnames along with the ancestral origin in Greece from which the surname originates. Please contribute to the database by adding your surname!
Links contained in this page:
[MAPS AND INFO. ABOUT LAKONIA]
[INFORMATION AND PICTURES OF MISTRAS]
[INFORMATION AND PICTURES OF MONEMVASSIA]
[LINKS] [SURNAME DATABASE]
[SUBMIT A SURNAME TO THE DATABASE]