Χαραλάμπος Γιακουμής -> Charalambos Giakoumis

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Offline Leon

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Just to add my penny's worth, the name Χαράλαμπος (Haralambos) is often shortened to Χαμπής (Hambis) or Χάρης (Haris), which would be Harry in its nearest English form. Γιακουμής (Yakoumis (for better pronunciation) or Giakoumis (letter-by-letter spelling)) is James. So your grandfather's name of Haralambos (Hambis) Yakoumis would be Harry James in English.

This has nothing to do with what the others said, but it's just some additional information that I thought you'd find interesting or be interested to know.

Good luck with your discoveries!

Leon.
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Offline zorba0332

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Wow... very interesting information....

Does that mean everyone still believes the surname to be Giakoumis?

Charalambos Giakoumis
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Giakoumis Charalambos

Sam



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Yes, we seem to be convinced the surname was Giakoumis.

I loved Leon's analysis, how your grandfather's name was the Cypriot version of Henry James.


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I also think that your grandfather's name was Χαράλαμπος Γιακουμής (Haralambos Yakoumis by transliteration; Harry James in its English form). How he ended up with Michael Harris is beyond me, but very interesting...

I was just wondering, Zorba, exactly how close is your family to Cyprus? I mean, did your grandfather speak Greek to his children, or every (take them to) visit Cyprus? What about your Czechoslavakian family? Is your mother full American?

Thanks.

Leon.
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Hello Leon
My Grandfather spoke very fluent Greek, Slovak and at best choppy English. My Grandmother being from Chez spoke Slovak fluently. The kids all spoke enough chez to get them by.  My Dad does not know Greek but remembers some of what his Dad would say.

The family ties to Cyprus are non existent. Neither my Grandfather of Grand Mother ever returned to their respective home land. I have an uncle that offered to take his mother back to visit but she felt there was nothing there for her. I also know that she kept ties with her family there, letters back and forth. We can not find addresses or any other information. Having the Rody List of my Grandmother helps but so much changed there… it is and will be difficult to find family.

All the kids got baptized Greek orthodox but never went to church because of the distance and cost to travel. They had a better life here in America but never well to do or well off. The depression took its toll on many as well.

My Mother was born here in the USA as well as my father. Her side of the family came over on the boat as well but from Poland. I have not researched that side at all yet. I have very little information about my mothers mother.

I am finding my lack of understanding of the language and the area of Cyprus that the Turks still hold; I am going to have a hard time finding information.

But, I continue forward and won’t give up.

It would be truly wonderful to find I have cousins and family members there still. I don’t know if my Grandfather had brothers and sisters or anything of the sort.

I found some Microfilm of Cyprus churches other information. It is in Greek. I might order it, print it and pay a translator to review it. Depending on the cost. We’ll see what happens.

Thanks for your interest


Sam


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Wow! So you're half Polish, a quarter Slovakian and a quarter Greek Cypriot, but born in the US! You have a lot of ties in a lot of countries. No wonder you're a man in demand!

By the way, I forgot to tell you that when I was at Greek school last, I looked up at a picture of the map of Cyprus. In case you didn't already know, I noticed that your grandfather's village is in the Turkish-occupied north (if you didn't already know so). This pseudostate is now a separate country called the 'TRNC' ('Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus'), although it is recognised only by Turkey.

Good luck with your enquiries and I hope that you find what you seek.

Leon.
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Helllo Leon

Yes, after some reseach, I found the saddening news about the village. I am hoping that there are records that might have been transfered to another Church long before 1975 when the turks invaded. I ordered Micro Film of churches in Cyprus to try and find info.

If there are no other records, the chances are the church and cemetary where my Great and as well as my Great Grand Parents would be are lost...

I can not find any historical information about the town of Leaonarriso... Hopefully there will be something in the Microfilm..

But, still no hope lost....

Good Day Leon!

Sam


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Good luck, and keep on searching!

Leon.
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As the temperatures in Western Pennsylvania drop, my outdoor activities begin to decrease. Therefore, time to start doing some more research and learn more about Leonariso.

Going over this thread and looking back, I was wondering if there is anyone out there that might travel western Cyprus and possibly into Leonariso.

I am hoping to locate any church records, pictures of the areas etc... anything would be appreciated!!!

Thanks again to the people of this board and the help that have offered to not only me but all others!!!

Thanks

Sam


 

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