Family Names of Banitsa Inhabitants
By Ted Nitchov
Here is a list of family names who at one point lived in Banitsa. On
the left is the original Macedonian version and on the right is the
"Greek" version of it given to each family during the years
which followed the Treaty of Bucharest.
For those unaware, the Treaty of Bucharest "divided the spoils"
of Macedonia amongst the three neighbouring countries - Bulgaria, Greece,
and Serbia. Amongst the worst of what was to follow happened in Greece
- family names were given "Greek" versions, village names
were renamed, churches were re-Christened under Greek saints, tombstones
and epitaphs along with any visible signs of the Macedonian language
were erased and re-written in Greek.
Original Macedonian Names Hellenized and Changed to Sound Greek
Cotroni - Cotronis
Kirev Kirilou, Kereakou, or Kiris
Koichev Koitsis, Papageorgiou
Kolerov Koleris, Holeris
Copyright 2016 Ted Nitchov and Pollitecon