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Updated June 9, 2019

Family name origins & meanings

  • Greek : nickname for a black-haired or gloomy individual, from karas ‘black’, ‘dark’ (and by extension ‘moody’), from Turkish kara ‘black’. It is also found in many compound surnames such as Karageorgiou ‘black George’ (patronymic).
  • Greek : occupational name for a carter, Greek karas (from karo ‘cart’ + the occupational suffix -as).

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