Re: [tied] Modern Greek patronymic suffix -POULOS

From: Piotr Gasiorowski
Message: 17312
Date: 2003-01-01

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From: "João Simões Lopes Filho" <jodan99@...>
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Sent: Wednesday, January 01, 2003 11:22 PM
Subject: [tied] Modern Greek patronymic suffix -POULOS

> What's the meaning and origin of Greek patronymic suffix - poulos (Aggelopoulos, Papadapoulos, Iannopoulos, etc) ?

Latin pullus 'chick, young fowl'. In post-Classical Greek <-poulo> (pl. <-poula>) was a neuter diminutive suffix (forming names of young birds, then of other animals, then of human offspring), and was finally employed as a masculine family-name suffix (<-poulos>).