Georgian Surnames


Leila Abashidze

Actress Leila Abashidze was born in 1 August 1929, in Tbilisi, Georgia.

In 1951 she graduated from the Tbilisi State Institute of Theatre.

People's Artist of Georgia (1965).

Filmography: Oromtriali (1986), Tbilisi, Parizi, Tbilisi (1980), Cinema (1978), Molodini (1970), Didostatis Marjvena (1969) - Vardisakhari, Shekhvedra mtashi (1966) - Lali/Msevynar, Shekhvedra tsarsultan (1966) - Nino, Khevisberi Gocha (1964) - Dzidzia, Maya Tskhneteli (1959) - Maya (Maia), Sad aris sheni bedniereba Mzia? (1959) - Mzia, Abezara (1957) - Lia, Chveni ezo (1957) - Manana, Chrichina (1954) - Marina, Isini chamovidnen mtidan (1954) - Lela, Gazapkhuli Sakenshi (1950) - Nina, Akakis akvani (1947) - Nazibrola, Qadjana (1941) - Kato and etc.


Aslan Abashidze

Aslan Abashidze (born July 20, 1938) was the leader of the Ajarian Autonomous Republic in western Georgia from 1991 to May 5, 2004.

Abashidze was born into a renowned Muslim and Georgian (Ajarian) family. His grandfather Memed Abashidze was a famous writer and member of the Parliament of the Democratic Republic of Georgia between 1918-1921, but was shot on Stalin's orders in 1937. His father was sent to the Gulag for ten years but survived. Despite a difficult childhood, during the 1950s Abashidze was able to obtain degrees in history and philosophy at Batumi University and in economics at Tbilisi State University. He worked as a teacher and economist for a period before joining Georgia's regional public service. He was the director of several technical service institutes before being named a regional minister in Batumi, the capital of Ajaria, where he served as Minister of Community Service. He was later appointed the national First Deputy Minister of Community Service and moved to Tbilisi.

When Georgia regained its independence in 1991, Abashidze secured his appointment as Chairman of the Supreme Council of the Autonomous Republic of Ajaria. He was also appointed Deputy Chairman of the Parliament of Georgia.

Abashidze resigned as leader of Ajaria on May 5, 2004. The next day, after being granted assurances that he would not be extradited, Abashidze left for Moscow, without a shot being fired in the region.

Aslan Abashidze is a widower, having been married to Maguli Gogitidze, a musician, with whom he's had two children: a son, George Abashidze, who has served as mayor of Batumi, and a daughter, Diana Abashidze.