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Family history

Origin of the name Begining of the clan Year 1400 1400 - 1900 1900 - today Related Families Family diagram



After leaving Nomia, around 1400 A.D., members of our clan ended up in Kalliazi (in Greek "kallion zin" which means "better life"). Kalliazi is located at the mountain range of Taygetos, on a naturally protected highland, unapproachable and inaccessible, near Germa in the region of Oitylo, between the villages of Skamnaki and Kareas, six hours on foot from the fortress of Aghia Kyriaki, i.e. the area of our clan's origin.
The number of descendants of this large clan kept on increasing. The land where they lived was infertile and could not feed them. Finally, after a meeting, they decided to split and move to other fortified areas in Eastern Mani, where the land was more fertile.
Although the aforementioned members of our clan evolved into different families, they were always aware of their common origin.
A place called "Skamnaki" was inhabited by a branch of this clan. This village, which still exists, is located in Eastern Mani, 1- hours on foot from Kalliazi. Descendants of this branch are found around 1790 in Karyoupoli and Neoxorio.
In 1470, another larger branch of this clan inhabited the area of Konakia.
The nickname "Tourkatzades" was given to the entire clan of Patsourakos, along with its various branches. This nickname was given because they were very tough people (like the Turks), even tougher than the other inhabitants of Mani, uncompromising and stubborn, persistent to their thoughts and especially to their decisions.
Until 1770, the area of Konakia, where our clan lived, was called "Tourkatzadika".
Other members of our clan from Nomia left around 1500 for the neighboring fortress of "Kelefas", in the area called "Tou Kalou", while other members migrated to the adjacent village of "Kallonioi" under the same surname, i.e. Patsouros, and some of them remained there.
One of them migrated around 1600 to Kalamata and kept the same surname, i.e. "Patsouris". One of his descendants arrived around 1700 in Crete and was installed in a village just outside Chania, keeping the same surname with the suffix "-akis", i.e. Patsourakis, which is a typical suffix for surnames in Crete.


Around 1600, some members of the clan from Konakia moved to the North. They settled in the area of "Mouchtia", where the village Melitini is currently located, under the village of Kokkina Louria. In this area, the clan of Patsourakos built a Tower, whose remains exist even today, in order to repulse attacks by enemies and also to protect and defend themselves whenever they raided the territory under the Turkish rule at that time.


Around 1700, some of the descendants of our clan who lived in the village of Nomia, and since that area was infertile, splitted and migrated to the near-by villages of Mesa Mani and to villages of Eastern Mani. Thus, they settled around 1720 A.D. in the village of Riganochora situated by the sea and located near Kotronas, as well as in the near-by mountainous village of Kavvalos.
Around 1700, a member of the Patsourakos clan from Konakia baptized a probably illegitimate child of a man called Mantzouranis from Skyfianika (i.e. a village near Konakia). When this child reached maturity, he changed his surname to Patsourakos, considering that this was a great honor. This person is the first on the line of Patsourakos from Skyfianika.


Around 1800 A.D., Michael Patsouros (1772-1834) from Nomia migrated to Western Mani, in the area of Kardamyli. His descendants adopt the surname Patsoureas, while some of them kept the surname Patsouros. Around 1900, their descendants are found in Patras bearing the name of "Patsourakos" and "Patsoureas".
Upon declaration of the Greek Revolution in 1821, Panayiotakis Patsouros or Patsourakos (1780-1830) from Konakia, along with his sons Theodorakis (1800-1864) and Nikolakis (1802-1861), occupied the Turkish village of Strotza (currently called Prosilio). The descendants of the branch "Panayiotianoi", residing until today in Prosilio, derive from them.
During the same time period (1770-1800), the following members of the family are found in Konakia:

Around 1815, one of the sons of Stratos went to visit his relatives in Nomia and then took a boat to Crete. However, pirates raided the boat and after many adventures he ended up in Japan around 1825 under the surname "Katsouris". One of his descendants became Prime Minister of Japan.
Around 1840, Giorgis Patsouros (1800-1890) left from Nomia and migrated first to Konakia and then to Pylos, where he stayed. Most of the members of the family currently residing in Pylos are his descendants.
Around 1870, Panagiotis Patsouros (1858-1952) (with the nickname "Kaousis") from Nomia also migrated to Pylos. The rest of the members of the family in Pylos are his descendants.
During the same period (1770-1800) the following individuals are found in Nomia:

  • Panayiotis or Potis (1760-1825), first in line of the branch of Giatrakianoi in Nomia (his nickname was "Giatrakakos" because he was a practical doctor. The Greek word "giatros" means "doctor")
  • Michael (1775-;), first in line of the branch of "Michailianoi" family in Nomia
  • Another member of the family also called Michael (1770-1840), first in line of the branch of "Michalianoi" in Nomia.

Around 1870, Ioannis Patsourakos (1850-;) from Konakia migrated to Myrtia, a village in the area of Skala. He was the first in the line of relatives who still reside in that area.

Many thanks to my first cousin Tzina Nikoloudis for the translation of the text.