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Turkish and Albanian Surnames

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Turkish and Albanian Surnames

jasmina (View posts)
Posted: 21 Aug 2002 5:52PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Gulametti/Gjylametti
Greetings everyone.

I am trying to get information about my family's surname, which is an Albanian transliteration of an originally Turkish name. The Albanian version is "Gjylametti", pronounced as "Joolametti" ("J" pronounced as an English "j" as in the word "jump" or "jewel" and "oo" as in a "u" with two dots over it, pronounced with pursed lips).

I know that "gul" ("u" has two dots over it) is the Turkish word for "rose". But what does the rest of my family name mean? My aunt told me that it meant "red rose". However, when I looked the words up in a Turkish dictionary, the "(a)metti" part didn't match anything. My family is from Korce, Albania, and I am told that a cousin of mine has apparently traced the name back 450 years. This, however, is perplexing since, as I understand it, Turkish surnames became mandatory only in about 1934.

Can anyone tell me what the original Turkish name means? What is the correct spelling? "Gulametti"? Is this a common name in Turkey?

I thank you in advance for your help.

SubjectAuthorDate Posted
jasmina 21 Aug 2002 11:52PM GMT 
orak dogu 26 Aug 2002 10:45AM GMT 
sue 15 Feb 2003 4:36PM GMT 
eternity_last 10 Nov 2002 5:18PM GMT 
Jasmina 10 Nov 2002 10:30PM GMT 
carolejatk 4 Dec 2002 9:37AM GMT 
dan 14 Dec 2002 4:54PM GMT 
carolejatk 15 Dec 2002 4:22AM GMT 
roland 19 Dec 2002 4:06PM GMT 
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