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Beyköy, or Beikioi, is a small Turkish Cypriot village situated in the Kythrea/Değirmenlik region of the Nicosia district, three kilometers east of Kythrea/Değirmenlik. Beyköy may mean “village of a gentlemen” or “village of master” or “master village” in Turkish. This name has been in use since the Ottoman period.

Historical Population:

From 1891 to 1960, the village was solely inhabited by Turkish Cypriots. Although the population fluctuated in the first decades of the 20th century, the population of the village increased steadily from 46 in 1891 to 136 in 1960.


No one was displaced from this village during the intercommunal strife of the 1960s. However, during that period, the village served as a reception center for displaced Turkish Cypriots who fled from nearby villages such as Neo Chorio/Minareliköy(073). According to Richard Patrick, in 1971 there were still twelve displaced Turkish Cypriots residing in the village.

Current Inhabitants:

It is currently inhabited only by its original villagers. The last Turkish Cypriot census of 2006 put the village’s population at 88.


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