House of Branicki (Gryf)

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The family coat of arms was Gryf.

The Branicki (plural: Braniccy) was a Polish szlachta (nobility) family. Because Polish adjectives have different forms for the genders, Branicka is the form for a female family member.


The Branicki family also called the "Griffin Clan" (Gryfici) was a magnate family, originated from Branice and Ruszcza[1] in the Kraków Voivodeship. One of the most representative members of the family, was Field and Great Crown Hetman Jan Klemens Gryf Branicki. Jan was one of the most powerful and influential magnates in Poland of the 18th century. He was owner of 12 cities, 257 villages, 17 palaces and two primeval forests.

In 1726 he built the Branicki Palace the "Versailles of Podlasie". He also laid out the central part of the town of Białystok with its triangular market. He started in the King's election of 1763-1764, but was beaten by his brother-in-law Stanisław Poniatowski.

Jan Klemens Branicki

Coat of Arms[edit]

The Branicki family used the Gryf coat of arms.

Notable members[edit]