List of Pontic Greeks

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→This is a list of Pontic Greeks (Greek: Πόντιοι, Pontioi ), i.e. Greeks from the region of Pontus, in modern northern Turkey.







  • Anicetus (1st century), pirate, leader of unsuccessful anti-Roman uprising in Pontus in 69


Rulers of the Trebizond Empire[edit]



Early Modern[edit]







Martial Arts[edit]

Track & Field[edit]

Water Sports[edit]


Various Sports[edit]






  • Aristotelis Koundouroff (1896–1969), composer of the Modern Era
  • Iovan Tsaous (1893–1942), musician, and composer of rebetiko songs (real name Yiannis Eitziridis or Etseiridis)
  • Odysseas Dimitriadis (1908–2005), classical music conductor.
  • Stelios Kazantzidis (1931–2001), a prominent Greek singer. A leading singer of Greek popular music, or Laïkó, he collaborated with many of Greece's foremost composers (father)
  • Chrysanthos (1934–2005), singer and songwriter (his surname is Theodoridis)
  • Marinella (b. 1938) one of the most popular Greek singers whose career has spanned several decades (her surname is Papadopoulou)
  • Pavlos Sidiropoulos (1948–1990), rock Singer, guitarist, songwriter and the "father" of the Greek Rock (father)
  • Diamanda Galas (b. 1955), US avant-garde composer, vocalist, pianist, performance artist and painter (Pontian ancestry on her father's side)
  • Lefteris Hapsiadis (b. 1953) lyricist, poet and writer of novels
  • Vasilis Karras (b. 1953), is a Greek folk singer (real surname Kesoglidis)
  • Kelly Kelekidou popular Greek singer.
  • Lefteris Pantazis (b. 1955), is a Greek folk singer (real surname Pagozidis)
  • Pantelis Pantelidis (1983-2016), Greek singer, youtuber, songwriter and lyricist. He died on February 18, 2016 in a car accident
  • Lefteris Papadopoulos, lyricist, poet and journalist
  • Antonis Remos (b. 1970), is a Greek laïko singer (real surname Paschalidis)
  • Natassa Theodoridou (b. 1970), popular Greek singer
  • Matthaios Tsahouridis (b. 1978), plays a range of stringed musical instruments one of them is pontic Kemenche. He have PhD in Musicology.
  • Tania Tsanaklidou (b. 1952), famous artist, both singer and actress
  • Despina Vandi (b. 1969), is one of the most famous and successful Greek singers.
  • Birol Topaloğlu(b. 1965),Pontic songwriter and singer
  • Beşköylü Adem Pontic songwriter and singer from Sürmene Trabzon
  • Ali Bakanay songwriter and singer also from Sürmene Trabzon
  • Erkan Ocaklı (1949–2008) Songwriter and singer from Maçka Trabzon
  • Apolas Lermi (b. 1986) Songwriter and singer from Tonya Trabzon
  • Hülya Polat (b. 1969) singer from Pazar Rize


  • Adonis Georgiadis (b. 1972), Greek politician, historian, publisher, and author.
  • Leonidas Iasonidis (1884–1959), political activist, Congressman of Greek parliament and Minister.
  • Ioannis Passalidis (1886–1968), a prominent member of the Greek Left and founder of the United Democratic Left party.
  • Dimitrios Partsalidis (1903/1905–1980), communist politician
  • Nikos Papadopoulos (b. 1939) Greek-born Swedish Social Democrat politician
  • Gavriil Kharitonovich Popov (b. 1936), former mayor of Moscow (real name Gavriil Papadopoulos)
  • Savvas Tsitouridis (b. 1954), politician and member of the New Democracy and former Minister for Employment and Social Protection
  • Markos Vafiadis (1906–1992), leading cadre of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) during the Greek Civil War.
  • Evangelos Venizelos (b. 1957), current Minister for National Defence of Greece since October 2009 (mother)


  • George Gurdjieff (1866? – 1949), a mystic and spiritual teacher. (real name Georgios Georgiades)
  • Viktor Sarianidi (b. 1929), well-known Soviet archaeologist.
  • Fyodor Yurchikhin (b. 1959), cosmonaut and spacecraft's mechanical engineer (mother)



  • A. I. Bezzerides (1908–2007), Greek-Armenian novelist and screenwriter, best known for writing Noir and Action motion pictures, especially several of Warners' "social conscience" films of the 1940s (father)
  • Amalia Fleming (1909–1986), doctor, activist, politician and wife of the discoverer of penicillin, Sir Alexander Fleming.
  • Yanis Kanidis (1930–2004), Greek-Russian physical education teacher & hero who died to save the lives of his students during the Beslan school hostage crisis
  • Filon Ktenidis (1889–1963), playwright, accountant, journalist, doctor and the founder of Panagia Soumela in Kastania,Vermiou in Greece.
  • Elias Kazanjoglou a.k.a. Elia Kazan (IPA: [eˈlia kaˈzan]; September 7, 1909 - September 28, 2003) American director, producer, writer and actor. (film and stage)[1]


  1. ^ Young, Jeff (2001). Kazan: the master director discusses his films : interviews with Elia Kazan. Newmarket Press. p. 9. ISBN 1-55704-446-5, 9781557044464. "He was born on September 7, 1909 to Greek parents living in Istanbul. His father was Yiorgos Kazanjioglou, had fled Kayseri, a small village in Anatolia where for five hundred years the Turks had oppressed and brutalized the Armenian and Greek minorities who had lived there even longer