Hi Phyllis. My father, George Kantaras, son of Konstantinos Kantaras, was born in Komotini, Greece in 1937. His father was born in Pergamos which is now Turkey. It is near Smyrni. My father had a brother named Nicholas who passed away as a young child. The fact that my grandparents named their first son Nicholas leads me to believe that the name is in the family. My father came to the USA in 1964. His brother and sisters are as follows: Sophia (Foula) Kantaras-Vlamidis, Roula Kantaras-Christopoulos, Toula Kantaras-Makris, George Kantaras, and Vasili Kantaras. We do not know much about my grandfather's family because they separated in the 1920s when every was forced out of Turkey.
I forwarded your message to a Jim Kantaras in Australia whose father was Nicholas Kantaras. He and I have been writing and trying to figure out if we are related and if so, how. I'd be interested to continue contact with you to figure out the same.