Difference between revisions of "Byzantine Names"

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The family name ends in us, as, os or es if the person is male and a or ina if female. Thus Alexius Comnenus daughter is Anna Comnena. Sometimes a series of surnames would be put together to show geneology by birth or marriage (eg Theodora Branaina Komnene Laskarina Cantacuzene Palaiologos, BL 4). This was more common in later periods and much more common with females than males. Originally surnames were often taken from an adjective or common word, but could be from a Latin or other barbarian name. When talking of the whole family, in the plural, an oi is used, thus Akrtoi or Comnenoi.<br>
 
The family name ends in us, as, os or es if the person is male and a or ina if female. Thus Alexius Comnenus daughter is Anna Comnena. Sometimes a series of surnames would be put together to show geneology by birth or marriage (eg Theodora Branaina Komnene Laskarina Cantacuzene Palaiologos, BL 4). This was more common in later periods and much more common with females than males. Originally surnames were often taken from an adjective or common word, but could be from a Latin or other barbarian name. When talking of the whole family, in the plural, an oi is used, thus Akrtoi or Comnenoi.<br>
 
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Acropolites (BM 246) George, megas logothetes<br>
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* Acropolites (BM 246) George, megas logothetes
Adralestos (AC 418) diplomat,<br>
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* Adralestos (AC 418) diplomat
Agapetes (AC 521) John, 12c patriarch,<br>
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* Agapetes (AC 521) John, 12c patriarch
 
Akindynos (BL 69) Gregory 14c monk,<br>
 
Akindynos (BL 69) Gregory 14c monk,<br>
 
Akritas / Acritas ()Basil Digenis - soldier and hero of an epic poem<br>
 
Akritas / Acritas ()Basil Digenis - soldier and hero of an epic poem<br>

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