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Updated June 9, 2019

Family name origins & meanings

  • Greek : ethnic name from Arvanitis, the medieval Greek term for an Albanian, still used to refer to the descendants of the Albanians who settled in central Greece from the 13th to 16th centuries. It may also be from a nickname meaning ‘headstrong’ or ‘boorish’, from an informal meaning of the same word that developed following the prevalent ethnic stereotype.

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