Venizelos is a Greek name which is mostly common in Crete.

The name Venizelos is written as Benizelos (Βενιζέλος) in Greek and it derives from the Italian words “bene” (which means good)  and  “zelo” (which means interesting). Thus the name refers to someone who is interested in his fellow man.

The name Venizelos is common in Crete due to the great Greek politician Eleftherios Venizelos.


Sound of name Venizelos: Ve-nee-zé-los

Female Version of name Venizelos: N/A

Nameday of Venizelos: N/A

Origin of name Venizelos

The name Venizelos is not included in the Greek Orthodox Calendar because it’s not a Christian name.

It’s an hommage to Eleftherios Venizelos  (Mournies  Chania,  August 23, 1864 – Paris, 18 March 1936), who was one of the leading politicians  of modern Greece and undoubtedly one the best Greek prime ministers, with major achievements  especially in the foreign policy and economic reforms.

Venizelos doubled the territorial borders of Greece, and starred  in the issue of the independent Cretan State and the final union of Crete with Greece. He also contributed to the liberation of most of Macedonia (the northern part of Greece), a large part of Epirus (North-West Greece), the Aegean islands and the organization of the country to modern standards, serving many times as prime minister.

Venizelos was also the man, who even briefly implemented an elusive dream of the Greeks, the connection to their ancestral homes in Asia Minor with the temporary occupation of Smyrna in Asia Minor Campaign.

After a declaration of withdrawal from political, life fled to Paris where he died in 1936. His body was transported and buried in Akrotiri Crete.

Eleftherios Venizelos is one of the most eminent personalities in Crete, hence the name is a tribute to the great politician.

Nicknames deriving from name Venizelos

Venizelos does not have any nicknames or diminutives.

The Names’ Fairy reveals the meaning of name Venizelos

Venizelos is a man of genious, of great organizational and analytical skills.

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