Post by pappastratos on Jun 12, 2008 7:19:04 GMT 10
Looking for Cotis, Kotis (we Believe Cotis is the correct spelling) that is from Castellorizo. My great-great grandfather was a priest. Some of the family went to New South Wales ? We live in USA, Alabama, & Ohio.
Post by Administrator on Jun 12, 2008 10:33:34 GMT 10
My understanding is that the name derives from a priest who was originally from Kos who migrated to Castellorizo in the mid-nineteenth century with his family. While 'Kotis' was an epithet commonly added to a surname to signify a person's place of origin (there are many such examples from the Dodecanese islands), 'Papakotis' was unique, at least on Castellorizo, and came to signify this priest's family.
There are others on this Forum who would know more of the disposition of the Papakotis family across the world. As you observe, there is a 'Cotis' family in Sydney that is directly connected to 'Papakotis'. It would be good to hear from you on your family's precise connection to the priest and to this family.
The dowry register contains only one contract that relates to the Papakotis family. This is for the marriage of Zambetta Efkleidou Papakoti, the priest's grand-daughter via his son Efkleidis, who married Diamantaris Nikolaou Antonas on 30 January 1927. There are other isolated references in the register to Papakotis family members, but no other specific contracts.
I hope others can provide more information to you.
Post by pappastratos on Jun 12, 2008 22:59:07 GMT 10
Thanks for info, I failed to mention the priest's name was Papacotis. Also there are relatives who live in California. We are not exactly sure of spelling, Cotis or Kotis. We believe it was "Cotis" You said ""While 'Kotis' was an epithet commonly added to a surname to signify a person's place of origin""" What does that mean ? Also you said "It would be good to hear from you on your family's precise connection to the priest and to this family The priest had a son that was a sea captain, one of the sea captain's sons is my grandfather, Nick Cottis (Cotis). Nick had a brother James. Jack Cottis (Cotis) is my father. Not sure of other names.
Post by pappastratos on Jun 14, 2008 0:07:40 GMT 10
HI,thanks for valuable info, are you saying that Kotis/Cotis is a very common name ? Does the "Papa" stay with the last name from then on ? was it "Papa" or "Pappa" Sorry for so many questions, we were not raised Greek & were taught very little about our ancestors. Most of the relatives are since gone or can not recall details. Thanks
Post by Administrator on Jun 14, 2008 7:48:12 GMT 10
Not very common, but it does exist throughout the islands, especially the Dodecanese. There are equivalent names that signify one's origin from one of the islands: Roditis (Rhodes), Kypreos (Cyprus), Kritikos (Crete), Patiniotis (Patmos), Santorinios (Santorini) etc.
Once again, there is no 'correct' transliteration of a Greek name. 'Papa' was added to surnames to signify a priest's family, though it is not uncommon to see it as 'Pappa'. Both are 'correct'.
I am the cousin of pappastratos. My grandfather was Dimitrios Constantin Papakotis, the mother Irini Nickalogi according to my grandfather's death certificate. His brother was Nicholas E for Emmanuel I believe. His death certificate lists the brother as Irini Nicagi. Constantin Papakotis, my grandfather, was said to be a sea captain whose boat was seized by the Turkish army and he was killed on his boat, so Dimitrios (James C Kotis) and Nick came to the US, James in 1909. My dad said there was a third brother who had both arms cut off by the Turks. We later learned there was another brother and maybe a sister who went to Australia with their mother.
Hello I knew a family that lived in Botany Sydney known as Cotis. The sons went to Gardeners Rd Mascot Public School and played football with my step brother Cleo Saravanos. I can recall my mother saying that ,that family and the Spartalis Family were related. How I am not sure, but my great Grandmothers maiden name was Romelciotis as per her death certificate, and I think this is the connection. Can anyone elaborate on this. Thank You Eva (Kitsa) Kolavo
1. Father Dimitrios Papacotis was born circa 1825.
Dimitrios married someone.
His children were:
+ 2 M i. Constantine Papacotis was born circa 1865. + 3 M ii. Efkleidou Papacotis was born circa 1868. + 4 M iii. George Dimitrios Papacotis was born in 1870, died in Jan 1948 in Mascot, Nsw, Aus(1) at age 78, and was buried on 8 Jan 1948 in Botany Cemetery, Nsw, Aus.(2).
Second Generation (Children)
2. Constantine Papacotis was born circa 1865.
Constantine married someone.
His child was:
5 M i. Dimitrios Constantine Papacotis.
General Notes: Went to USA
3. Efkleidou Papacotis was born circa 1868.
Efkleidou married someone.
His child was:
6 F i. Zambetta Efkleidou Papacotis was born circa 1905.
Zambetta married Diamantaris Nicholas Antonas, son of Nicholas Demitrios Antonas and Maria Xilagorou, on 30 Jan 1927 in Castellorizo, Gr (3). Diamantaris was born circa 1895.
4. George Dimitrios Papacotis was born in 1870, died in Jan 1948 in Mascot, Nsw, Aus(1) at age 78, and was buried on 8 Jan 1948 in Botany Cemetery, Nsw, Aus.(2).
George married Christina.
Children from this marriage were:
+ 7 M i. Dimitrios George Papacotis was born on 5 Mar 1904 in Castellorizo, Gr, died on 13 Aug 1976 in Botany, Nsw, Aus(4) at age 72, and was buried on 17 Aug 1976 in Botany Cemetery, Nsw, Aus.(2). 8 F ii. Chrisaphina Papacotis.
Chrisaphina married Michael Doratis in 1936 in Paddington, Nsw, Aus (5). 9 M iii. Emmanuel Papacotis was born on 10 Aug 1913 in Castellorizo, Gr(6) and died on 15 Aug 1992 in Rodd Point, Nsw, Aus(7) at age 79.
Emmanuel married Evdokia Pitsikas,(8) daughter of Bartholomeos Pitsikas and Christina Simonides, in 1942 in Paddington, Nsw, Aus (9). Evdokia was born in 1923 in Sydney, NSW, AUS.(10) 10 M iv. Basil Cotis was born on 2 Oct 1909 in Castellorizo, Gr,(6) died in Aug 2001 in Sydney, NSW, AUS at age 91, and was buried on 16 Aug 2001 in Botany Cemetery, Nsw, Aus.(2).
Burial Notes: GL46 - General Lawn 46 - Grave 827
Basil married Iris Eileen Carney in 1943 in Paddington, Nsw, Aus (11). Iris was born in 1920, died in Jun 2009 in Sydney, NSW, AUS at age 89, and was buried on 24 Jun 2009 in Botany Cemetery, Nsw, Aus.(2)
Third Generation (Grandchildren)
7. Dimitrios George Papacotis was born on 5 Mar 1904 in Castellorizo, Gr, died on 13 Aug 1976 in Botany, Nsw, Aus(4) at age 72, and was buried on 17 Aug 1976 in Botany Cemetery, Nsw, Aus.(2). Another name for Dimitrios was Jim George Cotis (12).
Dimitrios married Evangelia Kakulas, daughter of Barthalamos Stavros Kakulas and Ekaterina Hatziatherinou, in 1930 in Paddington, Nsw, Aus (13). Evangelia was born on 30 Jun 1912 in Castellorizo, Gr, died in Nov 2001 in Sydney, NSW, AUS at age 89, and was buried on 23 Nov 2001 in Botany Cemetery, Nsw, Aus.(2) Another name for Evangelia was Nina.
Children from this marriage were:
11 M i. George James Cotis.
George married Daphne Maureen Harris in 1959 in Sydney, NSW, AUS (14). + 12 F ii. Christina Cotis was born on 26 Oct 1935 in Sydney, NSW, AUS. 13 M iii. Jack Cotis was born circa 1933, died on 19 May 1995 in Sydney, NSW, AUS(15) at age 62, and was cremated on 24 May 1995 in Botany Cemetery, Nsw, Aus.(2).
1. NSW Between The Wars Index 1919 to 1945 & Later Online Index, 1207/1948. 2. Botany Cemetery Records. 3. Information from Nicholas Pappas of Sydney NSW. 4. NSW Between The Wars Index 1919 to 1945 & Later Online Index, 20677/1976. .... Ryerson Index (Online Index of Death Notices published in various Australian Newspapers), SMH Death Notices. 5. NSW Between The Wars Index 1919 to 1945 & Later Online Index, 1654/1936. 6. National Archives of Australia Record Search, online, accessed 10 10 2006. 7. Ryerson Index (Online Index of Death Notices published in various Australian Newspapers), Death Notices in SMH. 8. Information from Stanley Karantoni. 9. NSW Between The Wars Index 1919 to 1945 & Later Online Index, 15918/1942. 10. National Archives of Australia. 11. NSW Between The Wars Index 1919 to 1945 & Later Online Index, 18014/1943. 12. Information from Terry Alexander Bisas. 13. NSW Between The Wars Index 1919 to 1945 & Later Online Index, 7448/1930. 14. NSW Between The Wars Index 1919 to 1945 & Later Online Index, 15867/1959. 15. Western Australian Newspaper Death and Funeral Notices. 16. NSW Between The Wars Index 1919 to 1945 & Later Online Index, 892/1957. 17. Information from Terry Alexander Bisas. 18. Victorian Kastellorizian Association Newsletter. 19. Information from Terry Alexander Bisas.
Post by pappastratos on Jun 1, 2014 0:11:31 GMT 10
Hi, sorry for the long delay on responding. Thank you very much for the family tree info. It is valuable information. We were not around our Greek ancestors to learn any family history. If you find any more please let me know. Trying to find info on the ones that went to the USA. Thanks
Post by Constance Marie Kotis Read on Jan 12, 2016 13:07:20 GMT 10
I'm the granddaughter of James C Kotis. I am named Constance in his honor. He married my grandmother Jessie Phillips (born 1898) and lived in Mobile, Alabama until his death. He was a tailor and father to 11 children.
James Jr Irene Edward Mary Nicholas Helen Kathryn Charles Cynthia Leon and my father Theodore
Post by Nicholas Peter Wilkinson on Apr 18, 2019 10:20:57 GMT 10
Hi, I am Basil Cotis' Great- Grandson I am 12 years old and was doing research on our family history, My grandmother's name is Christina who is Basil Cotis' Daughter. Basil Cotis' mother was Christina (who married George Papacotis) On Castellorizo Basil's Mother died of the Spanish flu on Castellorizo. George, My great-great grandfather took James (the surviving son) and basil on a boat to Sydney, Aus, and leaving Mary (The eldest daughter) to look after the two surviving younger children (Nina and Emmanuel) on Castellorizo until George and sons were set up in Sydney. We're not sure what year Mary and the children came to Australia.
The sad part is, that the eldest son (Andrew) and the youngest son ( Maybe Constantine ) and their mother (Christina) all died of the Spanish Flu.
I am the Grandson of Christina who married Peter C Wilkinson in 1966 In Syd, Aus. My father is Damien James Wilkinson and he married Ana Simunic (Croatian Background) My Grandmother, had a daughter named Alexandra Louise Wilkinson who is currently living in London. I have one younger brother named Rocco Alexander Wilkinson, Aged 10 My name is Nicholas Peter Wilkinson Aged, 12. We are all currently living in Sydney, and we are all going to Castellorizo September/October to celebrate Alexandra's birthday.
If anyone has any information on our American Relatives we'd be very interested.
Hi. I just stumbled on this site and was interested in its contents. My father was Dimitri Cotis, the oldest son of Yanni and Panayiota Cotis. He was one of eight children. Dad passed away in 2006. His sister Irene passed away several years ago, George passed away in 2017 and Con, the last brother, passed away on Saturday 31st August. Our family settled in Adelaide but I believe some of our extended family is in Sydney and have recently connected to another part of the extended family in Italy and Greece. We have also been told that some of the family moved to the USA.
Yanni, my grandfather had several brothers, who had a multitude of sons, from what we have been told. He was born on the island of Symi but generations past, we were originally from Kos. My great-grandfather was Dimitri (of whom my dad was named after) was a deep sea sponge diver and so was my grandfather Yanni. Yanni moved to Libya Tripoli, where most of my dad's brothers and sisters were born (except Irene who was born in Italy).
And we too have been told that our original name, many generations gone by was Papacotis.
I hope to fill some of the missing gaps. If anyone can help, it would be greatly appreciated.