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DCGreeks.com, in association with local and national Hellenic organizations, invites Greek-American young adults from across the country to our Nation's Capital from November 3-6, 2022 for Pan-Hellenism Weekend 2022, featuring two Happy Hours, a Friday Greek Night, Saturday Late Night Bouzoukia, and Sunday Getaway Day Event.  Click here for details!
St. Katherine welcomes you to a Taverna Greek Night on Saturday, October 1, 2022 from 9:00 PM - 1:00 AM at St. Katherine's in Falls Church, VA, featuring Live Music by Theologos Frangos & Steve Blicas with DJ Manolis Skodalakis! Click here for details!
St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church invites you to its Fall 2022 Greek Festival, Friday, September 30 to Sunday, October 2 in Falls Church, VA! Click here for details!
Please join us on Friday, October 7, 2022 for Kellari Taverna's Monthly Greek Night for a fun evening of authentic Greek music, food and dancing with live Greek music by Apollonia starting at 9:00 PM! Click here for details!
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The first 400 tickets purchased for the PHW 2022 Saturday Late Night Bouzoukia by 9/30/22 come with a guaranteed free drink! The Free Drink Offer will be extended to as many as the first 700 tickets sold if we hit certain targets by 9/30, 10/15, and 10/31! Tickets purchased by 9/30/22 can be eligible for a Bonus Free Drink Ticket based on the total number of tickets purchased by 10/31! The earlier you and others purchase, the better chance you have of securing 1-2 free drink tickets!
New for 2022!  Guests who purchase the PHW 2022 Friday-Saturday Package on or before 10/31/22 will be automatically entered into three drawings for complimentary PHW Friday-Saturday Packages (processed as refunds) and up to four drawings for complimentary nights in our hotel block, with one free hotel night raffled off for every 50 room nights booked in our block!  The earlier you purchase, the more chances you have to win, with the number of chances decreasing exponentially starting 9/16/22!
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AHEPA Chapter #31 invites you to its Dinner Dance on Saturday, 10/15/2022, at the Frosene Center at St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Washington, DC! Reserved table seating tickets now on sale exclusively at DCGreeks.com! Click here for details!

So You've Got a Greek Name...

Were you always the last one to look up at the teacher signifying that you were done filling out those little bubbles on your Scantron sheet? Does your full first name not fit on your credit card? Do telemarketers give up trying to pronounce your first name and just hang up on you? Do you go by "Gus," and have no idea why? If so, you're blessed with a Greek name, and you should be thanking your parents on a daily basis. 

For many of you out there it was the '70s, when your parents got down to the business of naming you. Sure they could have picked Moonbeam or Rainbow as was the style of the time, but they named you Konstantinos or Anastasia or some other multi-syllabic Greek moniker. Sure that may have been your grandfather's name or your grandmother's name, but when you're in the 4th grade and trying to figure out which kid comes before you in alphabetical order, just so you can stop the teacher from butchering your name, you may have been wishing that Pappou and Yiayia were named Billy and Cindy. 

If at all possible, there is a cure for all this -- the nickname. Sure, sometimes it makes no sense, like why Dimitris are nicknamed "Jimmy," when they're real first names aren't "James," and when almost every single Athanasios you meet goes by "Tom." (It seems very rare to find a Greek Tom, whose name is actually Thomas.) Greek girls aren't completely immune from having to choose a nickname, although they often make more sense than Greek guy nicknames. It was always interesting to see if the Anastasias of the world went with Stacey with a "y" or Stacie with the "ie," or if the Elenis of the world went by Helen, Eleni, Elena, or Lena. And then there are those Greek girl names out there that don't translate well and don't lend themselves to easy nicknames. We won't even dare speak these names, because there are a few Greek girls out there who have them, but you wouldn't know it. To this day there are a few Greek girls in this area with Anglicized nicknames that keep their Greek names more of a secret than the recipe for 7-Star Metaxa. 

Most popular Greek names can be shortened either by using the front end or the back end. Then there are those truly long Greek names that can be shortened on both the front end and the back end. A great example of this is Konstantinos, which can either go Kosta or Dinos. (Query: Is there anything different about a Greek guy who goes by Kosta or a Greek guy who goes by Dinos?)

There are a few Greek names that not many people run with anymore, like names from Greek mythology and a few of the names from Ancient Greek history. It's especially sad to see guy names from Greek mythology reserved nowadays for really scary-looking dogs. Remember the names of the Dobermans on Magnum P.I. -- Zeus and Apollo? When's the last time you met a Greek guy named Zeus or Apollo? At least the names of the Olympian goddesses have stood the test of time. There are plenty of Athenas and Artemises around, although not as many Aphrodites. There is one drawback to names from Greek mythology or from Ancient Greek history though- the expectation of living up to that name. Could you imagine Hercules, the 5'5", 130 pound weakling, or Socrates, the perpetual C-student, or Aphrodite, the horribly shy, Plain-Jane wallflower? (Note: These are imaginary people, not based on actual persons living or dead. We don't want to see a slew of angry emails from any Pocket-Herculeses, Slacker Socrateses, or Average Aphrodites.) 

One trend that has thankfully escaped Greek names is androgyny. There are no Greek names that we can think of that you can call both a guy and a girl. There are no Parkers, no Hunters, no Staceys, and no Jamies. Sure there are the Marinos/Marinas, Vasili/Vasilias, Georgio/Georgias and other names with a guy and a girl equivalent, but a Greek telemarketer is never going to have to question if they're asking for a man or woman. 

As the DC area increasingly becomes more international, there are more opportunities to reintroduce yourself and others to your full Greek name. Put it on your business cards, even better, put it on the placard outside your office, your cube, or on your desk. Answer the phone with it at the office and see how more seriously you're taken at work. Introduce yourself with it the next time you're at a very loud bar or club. If anything, having to repeat yourself gets you that much closer to the girl or guy you're trying to talk to at that moment. Make sure that someday down the road, if you ever have children, that you name them something nice and Greek as well, and be proud of the fact that they more than likely will never have to be known by their first name, last initial. 

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