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Who's Who of Cyprus & Notable Cypriots

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  • Popas KLEOPAS (1911 - 1988)
    Born Famagusta, Cyprus, 6 October 1911, son of Yiangos Kleopas, Mukhtar of Varosia and Eleni Michaelidou, founder of Kantara resort and founding member of several societies and clubs. After finishing F...
  • Maria Michaelides (1902 - 1955)
    The first woman doctor in Cyprus was the Limassolian Maria Roussou, wife of Eraclis Michaelides. She was born in 1902 and died young, in 1955. She studied medicine at Athens University – somethi...
  • Stathis (Efstathios) Iacovides (1882 - 1940)
    Born in Paphos, Older brother of Iacovos Iacovides. Graduated from the Syrian Protestant College of Beirut. Worked in Alexandria and then fought in the Balkan Wars (1912-1913). Later he entered the civ...
  • Iacovos Iacovides (1895 - 1984)
    Born in Paphos, Younger brother of Efstathios Iacovides. Advocate, Mayor. Studied law at Athens University (1916). Advocate in Paphos from 1918, Member Paphos Municipal Council (1920-1923), Mayor (1953...
  • Polikleitos Iacovides (1912 - 1976)
    Born in Morfu. Graduated from Pancyprian Gymnasium (1929) and studied medicine at University of Athens where he was awarded the Gold prize of the Athens Academy (1935). He began work at the Public Hosp...

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.