Hi, my name is Denis Xenos, as genealogy is my hobby and I am researching and recording the Xenos family tree and history. (Xenou is the feminine form of Xenos and appears to only be used in Greece.)
Greece was a paternal society. When a bride got married her father would give a dowry. The new couple would typically move into the groom's family home. As in a lot of cultures, the Xenos' kept repeating given names so that you would have many relatives with the same name e.g. Panagiotis Xenos. It got confusing, as there would be several Panagiotis Xenos' in town. So, each family became known by their "family nick name" or "paratsoukli".
One paratsoukli started when the Boziki family had only one child, Kiriakoula Boziki. The bridegroom, Panagiotis Xenos, moved into the Boziki's family household. The use of a paratsoukli is informal and works like is: "You know, the Panagiotis Xenos that moved into the Boziki's place". Over time it became " the Xenos' at the Boziki's" or as I show it Xenos(Boziki).
I have connected 1413 Xenos in 405 families who live in Greece, Canada, USA, Australia, Brazil, Finland and Great Britan. They represent 49 paratsoukli. They are: Alifieris, Baliakras, Bennes, Boziki, Ceres, Daklas, Fiolitis, Galiotos, Gois, Hilas, Karoubas, Karousos, Katanikos, Kinigos, Klitsis, Kolegakis, Kolozonos, Korasios, Kounos, Kozovas, Lagios, Lenardos, Leonidis, Lianos, Loukas, Malfiris, Menegos, Morris, Nikolakis, Nikolaras, Nikolos, Paladinos, Paleos, Panagaris, Passametzas, Patroni, Petralias, Provista, Rocolios, Theodorakis, Tourlaki, Travlos, Tserlias, Tsifilas, Tzaris, Vangelis, Vikos, Voutos and Xehoriatei. For three Xenos' paratsoukli, I have gone back 7 generations.
Of 1632 Xenos families I found on the web, 15 first names, in the either the male or female form, are given to 60% of us they are: George, Nicholas, Ioannis, Dionysios, Dimitrios, Panagiotis, Kosta, Michael, Andonis, Anastasios, Christos, Maria, Ecatarina, Athena and, Sofia. There is relatively small number of Xenos families and we keep reusing the same first names, as we name our children after grandparents and other relatives. These facts suggest that we are all probably related.
If your family name is Xenos, then we are probably related, but we just do not know how. I am looking forward to meeting both my close and distant Xenos relatives. Please write and let me know your paratsoukli and the name of the Greek town that your family comes from. I would love to hear from you, or anyone else who is interested in the XENOS' family genealogy.
A little about my family, my siblings Mary, Christina, Anastasios, and I were born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. My father, Haralambos Xenos(Boziki), (1894-1967) was born, in Loucha, Zakynthos, Greece. My mother, Roubina Lountzes, (1910-1955) was born in Pantokrator, Zakynthos, Greece. My grandparents were Ioannis Xenos(Boziki), (1877-1934), and Maria Xenos(Lagios), (1876-1973), were born in Loucha, Zakynthos, Greece. My grandfather, Ioannis, was the Greek Orthodox priest on Zakynthos.
I am pleased to work with you finding our common ancestors. Any and all information is appreciated. I will share information.
Av thelete, borite na mou yrapsete sta ellinika. Geia sou.