Updated June 9, 2019

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Family name origins & meanings

  • Greek : from the personal name Mavros, originally a descriptive nickname for a person with a dark or swarthy complexion, Greek mavros ‘black’, ‘Moorish’, later also meaning ‘poor fellow’. This nickname may also be the source of the surname. This element is also commonly found in compound names such as Mavrogiannis ‘black John’.