Grabovë e Sipërme

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Grabovë e Sipërme
Village
Grabovë e Sipërme is located in Albania
Grabovë e Sipërme
Grabovë e Sipërme
Coordinates: 40°47′43″N 20°24′31″E / 40.79528°N 20.40861°E / 40.79528; 20.40861Coordinates: 40°47′43″N 20°24′31″E / 40.79528°N 20.40861°E / 40.79528; 20.40861
Country  Albania
County Elbasan
Municipality(s) Gramsh
Elevation 1,250 m (4,100 ft)
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)

Grabovë e Sipërme (also: Grabova; Aromanian: Greãva) is a village in Albania inhabited by Aromanians. The village is located in the former municipality of Lenie. At the 2015 local government reform it became part of the municipality Gramsh.[1]

History[edit]

Grabova was a medieval town created in the 10th century. Aromanians have left Grabova on several occasions, although the village has never been completely deserted.The first wave of depopulation took place in the 17th century, when Grabova shared the fate of Moscopolis and during the inter-war period, starting with 1931, many of Grabovars emigrated to Elbasan and Lushnjë. In 1933, 15 families from the village emigrated to Romania; they initially settled in the Quadrilater and then, in 1940, in the village of Nisipari, Constanța County, from where they moved to the larger nearby towns (Medgidia, Ovidiu, Constanța ) Another important immigration began in 1950, when communist authorities used the craftsmen from Grabova to build the industrial units in Korçë, Pogradec, Gramsh, Elbasan, and Tirana. [2]

Most common names of Grabovars[edit]

Family names: Bardhi, Buzo, Cyco, Nishku, Trushi, Thano, Verushi, Paco.

Male names: Andon, Kristo, Dhimo, Theodhor, Jani, Jorgji, Llambi, Dhionis, Pandeli, Piro, Spiro, Sotir (Sotiraq), Themistokli, Thoma, Vangjel

Female names: Dhimitra, Margarita, Maria, Naunka, Parashqevi, Thomaidha

Notable people originated from Grabova[edit]

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