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Who's Who of Cyprus & Notable Cypriots

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  • Demosthenis Severis (1879 - 1955)
    Born in Nicosia. Studied law at University of Athens (1899). He completed his studied in Paris and London (1900-1902). Advocate in Nicosia from 1902. Businessman and developer. Member of National Counc...
  • Zenon Severis (1912 - d.)
    Paternal grandson of Christodoulos Severis and via his mother, Anastasia K Savvides, first cousin of Michalakis Glykis and Michalakis Savvides. Born in Nicosia. Studied economics in England. Businessma...
  • Costakis Severis (1911 - 1991)
    Older brother of Zenon Severis. Born in Nicosia. Studied law at Middle Temple in London and appointed Barrister-at-Law (1931). Advocate in Nicosia, businessman. President of Committee of Bank of Cyprus...
  • George Shiakallis (1859 - 1908)
    Born in Nicosia. Studied Greek language in Athens, followed by English philology in London, and law in Aix-en-Provence. Advocate and Officer of Tax Revenue. Mayor of Kyrenia (1886-1887), member of Legi...
  • Miltiades Shiakallis (1873 - 1934)
    First cousin of George Michael Shiakallis. Born in Larnaca. Studied law in Aix-en-Provence (1900). Fought in the Turkish Greek war in 1897. Member of Legislative Council (1930-1931) and National Counci...

The purpose of this project is to accurately reflect profiles and descriptions of people, who both appear in "the Big Tree" who have been cited in various authoritative works listed below, as well as from other sources. Given the lack of historical records, Cypriot genealogy is challenging, and these unique authoritative sources help us create a more complete picture of many of the families in Cyprus from which many are descended. Please feel free to add profiles to this project as long as you have included a biography and sourced the information.


Βιογραφικόν Λεξικόν Κυπρου 1940 (Cyprus Who's Who 1940)

Edited and published in Nicosia by P.M. Stephanides. Given the lack of accurate census records, birth records, etc., this is a valuable source of information. The copy I have belonged to my grandparents and is in mint condition. Anybody who has access to this publication or a more recent one is welcome to collaborate and add details to our trees. Nicholas Nicolaides

Βιογραφικόν Λεξικόν Κυπρίων 1800-1920 (Biographical Lexicon of Cypriots 1800-1920) by Aristides L. Koudounaris

The first edition was published in 1989, containing the names of 657 Greek Cypriots, Armenians, Latins and Maronites. It took Koudounaris a decade to collect and assimilate information on the great names of Cyprus, investigating books, periodicals and private records, while traveling to London, Athens and Egypt to collect information personally. He has said, in literary circles, “oral history” is an accepted source and very often encouraged. The latest (sixth) edition is double the size, with 1,817 people, 1,471 of whom are Greek Cypriots who contributed politically, intellectually or through education to Cyprus (including Greeks, Armenian and British residents), and includes 346 Turkish Cypriots, compared to 1,358 for the previous edition.

Apart from the obvious benefit of a detailed biography, Koudounaris also provides, where possible, detail of a person's relationship to others, allowing one to effect merges with other parts of the tree which otherwise we would not know about.

Μερικαί παλαιαί οικογένειαι της Κύπρου (Some Old Families of Cyprus, Nicosia 1972) by Aristides L. Koudounaris

Listed below are the families that have been researched in the book and profiles of those families are being added to the project. Please assist by extending or completing each branch beyond the initial research conducted by Koudounaris.

Vontitsianos, Glykis, Caridi, Lanitis, Menardos, Palaiologos, Peristianis, Pierides, and Frangoudis.

There are an increasing number of well-known and notable people who have an extensive biography and genealogical facts on pages dedicated to them on Wikipedia.