This is an interesting tabulation of Celâyir, Ottoman, and World histories side by side, from the time the Ottomans first appeared on the scene to Dec. 31, 1955, when our family decided to migrate to the USA. The chronology of how and when our branch formed, events along the way, are also listed.
The Lâz language is a dying ethnic tongue spoken by people in and around the village of Arhavi on the Eastern Black Sea, near the Russian border. Our family is of Lâz origins. I composed this article, incl. grammar and vocabulary, with the help of my parents, Dr. Cavit and Zekiye Celâyir. Copies were sent to linguistic institutions in USA, Europe, Japan, and Australia. Celâyir Clans of Turkey
The name Celayir was adopted by Uncle Bahri in 1934, after he traced our roots to the Celayirliler clan in Mideaval Turkey (which I question; see Book, Index-Page 380). Before that date, we were known in Arhavi as Lotuszadeler, later as Colağişi. (See my Book, left.) Attours of Jordan & Syria
This is Mother's family from her father Dr. Haşim's side. (Mother's mother Safiye was a Celâyir, and Father's 1st cousin.) All Attours now reside in Jordan and Syria. Dr. Haşim was on the Syrian front (1914-18) against the Arab uprising under "Lawrence of Arabia." (See Book.)