List of Albanians

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This is a list of historical and living Albanians (ethnic Albanian people or people of full or partial Albanian ancestry) who are famous or notable, sorted by occupation and name.

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Arts[edit]

Literature[edit]

Main article: Albanian literature

Writers[edit]

A–G[edit]
H–L[edit]
M–S[edit]
T–Z[edit]

Journalists[edit]

Folklorists[edit]

Novelists[edit]

Poets[edit]

Screenwriters[edit]

Translators[edit]

Music[edit]

Composers[edit]

Pianists[edit]

Singers[edit]

  • Action Bronson (born 1984) – American rapper from Flushing, Queens, New York
  • Bachelor Girl – Australia; pop duo
  • Bleona – singer and entertainer; dubbed the "Madonna of Albania" by New York City's Daily News
  • Miriam Cani – Germany
  • Ledina Çelo – Albania and Europe
  • Gabriella Cilmi (born 1991) – Australian singer-songwriter; of Italian-Albanian (Arbereshe) heritage
  • Colos (born 1981 in Prizren, Kosovo) – Albanian rapper living in Germany; artist of Mellow Vibes Records; resides in Berlin
  • Elhaida Dani – Italy
  • Doruntina Disha – Norway
  • Aferdita Dreshaj – pop singer
  • Kristine Elezaj – United States
  • G4SHI – ethnic Albanian rapper and singer; originally from Kosovo; has had success with collaborations with more established artists such as French Montana and Nipsey Hussle; in 2011, released his debut album Last of a Rare Breed under Concrete Music Group
  • Adrian Gaxha – Albanian singer from Macedonia
  • Elvana Gjata – Albanian singer; often referred to as The Albanian Diva
  • Kasem Hallulli – pop and traditional singer
  • Agim Hushi – soprano
  • Ermonela Jaho – Italy soprano
  • Leonora Jakupi  – Kosovo-Albanian singer
  • JMSN – American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer, engineer, mixer, videographer and designer; of Albanian origin
  • Elsa Lila – Italy
  • Vesa Luma – pop singer
  • Mc Kresha – Kosovar-Albanian rapper
  • Inva Mula (born 1963) – opera lyric soprano and actress
  • Patrick Nuo – Swiss singer, songwriter and model; born to a Kosovo-Albanian father
  • Rita Ora (born 1990) – British singer-songwriter and actress; in 2012, released her debut album, Ora which debuted at number one in the United Kingdom; of Albanian parents from Kosovo
  • Anna Oxa – Italy
  • Saimir Pirgu – opera lyric tenor and actor
  • Presioni – rapper from Pristina, Kosovo
  • Prolifik – Albanian-American rapper, radio personality and television anchor; night jock on WKSS/Kiss 95.7 and the afternoon drive traffic reporter on WTIC-TV/Fox 61 in Hartford, Connecticut
  • Fitnete Rexha – serenade and folk singer
  • Anjeza Shahini – Europe
  • Parashqevi Simaku – pop and folk singer
  • Alban Skënderaj
  • Unikkatil – Albanian entertainer, rapper, and record producer from The Bronx, New York
  • Alketa Vejsiu – singer and television presenter
  • Gjyste Vulaj – pop and other genres
  • Dafina Zeqiri – Kosovar-Albanian singer and dancer

Performing arts[edit]

Actors[edit]

Film and television directors[edit]

Models and beauty pageant participants[edit]

Dancers and choreographers[edit]

Television personalities[edit]

  • Hana Cakuli (born 1989) – singer; from Montenegro
  • Claudia Conserva (born 1974) – Chilean actress, model and television presenter; of Italian-Albanian (Arbëreshë) descent
  • Benet Kaci (born 1978) – Kosovan television personality; from Kosovo
  • Florina Kaja (born 1982) – American reality-television participant, singer and actress
  • Alketa Vejsiu (born 1982) – singer, television personality, producer and radio presenter

Visual arts[edit]

Architects[edit]

Curators[edit]

Painters, cartoonists, illustrators[edit]

Photographers[edit]

Sculptors[edit]


Albanians (born after 1900)[edit]

Kastrioti family[edit]

  • Skanderbeg (1405–1468) – 15th-century Albanian lord; "Hero of Christianism"; initiated and organized the League of Lezhë, which proclaimed him Chief of the League of the Albanian people
  • Pal Kastrioti – noble man in Albania of the 14th century; around 1383 he is attested as the ruler of two villages (Sina and Lower Gardi); father was a kephale of Kanina which belonged to the Principality of Valona;[dubious – discuss]; according to Gjon Muzaka Pal had three sons: Konstantin, Alexius and Gjon Kastrioti who was Skanderbeg's father
  • Gjon Kastrioti (fl. 1407-1437) – Scanderbeg's father
  • Gjon Kastrioti II – Count of Soleto; son of George Kastrioti
  • Hamza Kastrioti – nephew of Scanderbeg

Monarchs[edit]

Others[edit]

Astronauts[edit]

Historians[edit]

Stylists[edit]

Scientists[edit]

Sportspeople[edit]

Basketball players[edit]

  • Ermal Kuqo (born 1980) – player for the Turkish team Anadolu Efes
  • Blerim Mazregu (born 1981) – ethnic Albanian; Kosovan professional basketball player
  • Vildan Mitku (born 1983) – player for the Tigers Tübingen in the Basketball Bundesliga

Football players[edit]

Martial artists[edit]

Swimmers[edit]

Volleyball players[edit]

Historical figures[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Mother Teresa of Calcutta (1910–1997)
  3. ^ "Turkey: The land a dictator turned into a democracy". Time. 12 October 1953. Retrieved 19 May 2010. 
  4. ^ Mango, Andrew, Ataturk: The Biography of the Founder of Modern Turkey, (Overlook TP, 2002), p. 27.
  5. ^ Lou Giaffo: Albania: Eye of the Balkan Vortex[page needed]
  6. ^ Jackh, Ernest, The Rising Crescent, (Goemaere Press, 2007), p. 31, Turkish mother and Albanian father]
  7. ^ Isaac Frederick Marcosson, Turbulent years, Ayer Publishing, 1969, p. 144.
  8. ^ Richmond, Yale, From Da to Yes: understanding the East Europeans, (Intercultural Press Inc., 1995), 212.