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Voni is a village situated in the Nicosia district, sixteen kilometers northeast of the capital city and two kilometers northeast of Trakhoni village. According to Goodwin, the name Voni derives from “dhodoni,” i.e., “places where the god Apollo showed his will to man.” Turkish Cypriots changed the name to Gökhan in 1975. Gökhan was a Turkish soldier who died in the village during the 1974 Turkish military offensive. It is a very common male name in Turkish, meaning “the king [khan] of the sky.” 
Historical Population:

The village was always inhabited solely by Greek Cypriots. As can be seen from the chart above, in the Ottoman census of 1831, Christians (Greek Cypriots) constituted the only inhabitants of the village. Throughout the British period the village continued to be exclusively inhabited by Greek Cypriots. During that period, the population growth of the village showed an upward trend, increasing steadily from 272 in 1891 to 479 in 1960.


All the Greek Cypriots from this village were displaced in August 1974, fleeing from the advancing Turkish army. Currently, like the rest of the displaced Greek Cypriots, the Greek Cypriots of Voni are scattered throughout the island’s south, with large pockets in towns. The number of the Voni Greek Cypriots who were displaced in 1974 was around 500-550 (508 in 1973).

Current Inhabitants:

We could not determine the demographics of Voni/Gökhan, but the latest census put the village population at 229. It is a militarized area.


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