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Zilionis Surname History

There are many Russian Zhilin families, who are not our relatives. The dictionary of Jewish surnames indicates our Jewish Zhilin(Zilionis) originated from the lake Zhili in Oshmeny, Belarus(former Lithuanian town Asmena). Probably it is not true, because Zhilin can mean russified Zilionis which is more comfortable to live among Slavic people. What's more, Uljan Zhilionyte(1513) is extremely old surname.

In 1495, many our ancestors were expelled from Lithuania, because they were Jews and did not adopt christian religion. That is why in Lithuanian villages Zilioniai,Zilionys,and Zilinai no our relatives Zilionises today. That is why www.ufolog.ru indicates Uljan Zhilionyte(1513), Bulgak Zhilin(1578), Michail Zhilenas(1703),and Evgeny Zhilionis(1746) were living in Russia. Also Zilonises live in Latvia.

Some  Zhilins were rewarded with estates in Kursk,etc.in the 17th century.  It is described in www.vgd.ru(alfabetik spisok).  Aleksey Zhilin (1767-1848) was a composer and virtuoso performer of romances. His son Dmitry Zhilin is described in the story "The prisoner of Caucasus" by Lev Tolstoy.The Oscar film about this story is called "Prisoner of the Mountains". Dmitry's grandson Nikolay Zhilin was a member of Tsar Duma (parliament). Dmitry had a halfbrother Timofey-Tamosius whose descendants are enumerated on www.zilionis.lt. Guerrillas Mykolas Zilionis 1918-1947 and Juozas Zilionis 1928-1951 have perished fighting  Russian occupants. Zhilionis Fadey Matveevich was deported from Lithuania to Siberia for participation in the 1863 antirussian uprising. Vincas Zilionis 1905-1964 was a writer. Marija Zilionyte-Smitiene was an opera solist. Vincas Zilenas was a founder of Lithuanian National Museum.

Many American Zilionises live under the distorted surnames. www.whitepages.com indicates: Zilionis 27 homes, Zelonis 99 homes, Zilonis 74 homes, Zelanis 18, Zilanis 13, Zielanis 7. Their mass migration from Lithuania to Pennsylvania is recorded on www.ancestry.com. Stanley Zielanis has published his biography " A chronicle of deeds" which is available on www.familysearch.org/catolog.

Sergey Zhilin was rewarded with the estate in Kursk in 1684 by the Tsar Peter the Great. Sergey's descendant Zhilin Fiodor Yakovlevich was Voronezh's governor(1761-1763). Fiodor's descendant Zhilin Ivan Yakovlevich (1870-1922) was Voronezh's prominent bolshevik leader and was buried at the Kremlin wall in Moscow.

Not all our relatives were using Lithuanian or Russian names. For example, www.litvaksig.org indicates brothers Zhilin Movsha(1823),Teviash,Rubin, and their father Nisel or Nosel. It also indicates brothers Zhilin Shmerko,Mendel,Tevel, and their father Abram.

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Most Common Zilionis First Names

According to our database of 23 people with the last name Zilionis that have a first name listed, these are the most common first names:

  • Peter 8.7%
  • Petras 8.7%
  • Anthony 8.7%
  • Zigmas 4.3%
  • Ona 4.3%
  • Egidijus 4.3%
  • Violet 4.3%
  • William 4.3%
  • Vincas 4.3%
  • Jospeh 4.3%
  • A 4.3%
  • Ann 4.3%
  • Joseph 4.3%
  • Josephine 4.3%
  • Helen 4.3%
  • Martha 4.3%
  • Antoinette 4.3%
  • Rosina 4.3%
  • Larisa 4.3%
  • Galia 4.3%

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