This name change occurred from a Greek orphan.

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The descendants of this house descend from refugees fleeing the Turkish attacks in 1452 from Eastern Thrace.

House Of Mavromichalis

mavro: (Greek) black
michalis: (Greek) Michael

It came from the name of an orphan who wore black, which according to Greek culture, orphans typically wear black to be in perpetual mourning.

This family would reach prosperity when serving under the Ottomans. As Greece declared independence, the Mavromichalis family became a prominent political family.


  • (Image Attribution) Mavromichalis Coat of Arms. Wikipedia. 1 November 2023.
  • “Mavromichalis family.” Wikipedia.

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