List of noble families of Croatia

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List of noble families of Croatia includes the old original ethnic Croatian noble families; families whose titles were granted by the kings of medieval Kingdom of Croatia and their successors; foreign noble families which were granted Croatian citizenship; and Croatian families which were granted their titles by foreign states. It refers to the noble families (including royal or other ruling dynasties) of the historical territories of Croatia, Dalmatia, Slavonia, Istria, Bosnia, Herzegovina and the Republic of Dubrovnik.

A[edit]

Name of the family Time span Titles Notes Coat of arms
Alapić  ? – 1584 Baron, Ban (viceroy) Last member, Gašpar Alapić, was
Ban (viceroy) of Croatia 1574–1578
Alberti 13th – 20th century Count (since 1907) Old noble family
from Split
Althan 1129 – today Count (since 1610) Noble family of Bavarian origin, owned Međimurje County 1719–1791
Wappen Althann.jpg
Andechs 12.-13th century Count,Ban (viceroy),Vojvoda (duke) Noble family in Istria
Andechs-Wappen.png

B[edit]

Name of the family Time span Titles Notes Coat of arms
Babonić 13th century (?) – 1898 Knez (prince), Ban (viceroy) A branch of the family was called Princes of Blagaj, according to Blagaj estate (today Blagaj Japra in Bosnia and Herzegovina), Bans (viceroys) of Slavonia in the 13th and 14th century
Baćan 1398 – today Baron (since 1628), Count (s. 1630), Prince (s. 1764), Ban Noble family of Hungarian origin, with one branch in Croatia from the 15th century; Bans (viceroys) of Croatia in the 16th, 17th and 18th century Batthyány.JPG
Bajamonti Noble family of Italian origin,
since 18th century settled in Split
Bajamonti.jpg
Banfi 1226 – today Baron, Count, Ban (viceroy) Noble family of Hungarian origin (Lendava branch); owned parts of Međimurje and Varaždin County; Bans (viceroys) of Croatia in the 14th and 15th century Banffy s-1-.JPG
Bedeković 1267 – today Baron, Ban (viceroy) Koloman Bedeković (1818–1889), a member of the family, was Ban (viceroy) of Croatia 1871–1872
Belošević 1635 – today Noble family with estates in former
Varaždin and Zagreb County
Bercović Aristocratic family of Jewish origin in Starigrad[disambiguation needed], Hvar.

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Berislavići Grabarski
Berislavići Trogirski c.1250 – 17th century Ban (viceroy) Petar Berislavić (1475–1520), a member of the family, was Ban (viceroy)
of Croatia 1513–1520
Berislavići Vrhrički
Bombelles Count, Marquess Noble family of French origin; owned estates in Croatia (Opeka Manor)
in the 19th and 20th century
Bot Bajnski 12th – 20th century Baron, Count, Ban (viceroy) Noble family of Hungarian origin; owned estates in Croatia (Bajnski Dvori Castle); Bans (viceroys) of Croatia in the 15th and 16th century
Coa Hungary Family Both Botfalva (1460).svg
Bundić 1190 – 20th century Count (since 1857) Old noble family from the Republic of Dubrovnik Coa fam ITA bonda.jpg
Bunić 1023 – today Margrave (since 1754) Old noble family from the Republic of Dubrovnik Coa ita FAM bona.jpg

C[edit]

Name of the family Time span Titles Notes Coat of arms
Castropola 983 – today Baron (since 1299), Count (since 1401) Old noble family of Italian origin, Lords of Pula until 1331 Pola1m.jpg
Crijević 7th century – today Count (from 1817) Old noble family from the Republic of Dubrovnik Coa fam ITA cerva.jpg
Crnković 1429 – today Count (from 1833) Noble family with roots in the region of Gorski kotar, western Croatia Crnkovic Coat of Arms.png
Česnegić 1263 – today Baron, Count Noble family of Hungarian origin; owned estates in Croatia Cseszneky comital big.jpg
Čikulin 16th century – 1746 Baron (since 1628), Count (since 1706) Noble family of Italian origin (Chiculini), owned estates in Croatia (Lužnica, Medvedgrad, Susedgrad, Donja Stubica) Grb obitelji Čikulin.JPG

D[edit]

Name of the family Time span Titles Notes Coat of arms
Delišimunović 16th century – today Baron (since August 9, 1675), Count (since 1708) Branch of the Radojčić noble family, originating from Klis; Krsto Delišimunović (died 1696) was vice-general of Karlovac
Domagojević 9th century Knez (prince) Ruling dynasty of medieval
Principality of Croatia 864–892
Drašković 15th century – today Baron (since 1567), Count (since 1631), Ban (viceroy) Noble family originating from northern Dalmatia and Lika region; Bans (viceroys) of Croatia in the 16th, 17th and 18th century Grb obitelji Drašković Trakošćan.jpg
Dudić 16th century Andrija Dudić Orehovički (1533–1589), a member of the family, was a humanist, astronomer, bishop and diplomat in Croatia, Hungary and Poland POL COA Dudicz.svg

E[edit]

Name of the family Time span Titles Notes Coat of arms
Eltz 1157 – today Baron, Count, Prince-elector Noble family of German origin, owned estates in eastern Slavonia and Srijem (including Vukovar) 1736–1945
Erdödy 1187 – today Count (since 1485), Prince (since 1566), Ban (viceroy) Noble family of Hungarian origin, most notable in Croatia; Bans (viceroys) of Croatia in the 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th century COA bishop SK Erdody Laszlo Adam.png
Ernušt 15th century – 1540 Ban (viceroy) Noble family of Jewish origin, coming from Sweden to Hungary and Croatia; owned Međimurje County 1473–1540 and some other estates in northern Croatia; Bans (viceroys) of Croatia Grb obitelji Ernušt.jpg

F[edit]

Name of the family Time span Titles Notes Coat of arms
Feštetić 15th century – today Count (since 1766), Prince (since 1911) Noble family from Turopolje, central Croatia, most notable in Hungary; owned Međimurje County 1791–1923, Novi Dvori near Zaprešić and Bajnski Dvori estates Grb obitelji Feštetić.jpg
Filipović 16th century – today Baron (since 1781) Josip Filipović (1818–1889), the most famous member of the family, was a Croatian high-ranking general (Feldzeugmeister) in the Austrian army Filipovići Filipsberški (Croatia).jpg
Franić 15th century – today Noble family from Makarska and its
hinterland (southern Croatia)
Frankopan 1116–1671 Knez (prince); Ban (viceroy) Old noble house known as Princes of Krk; Bans (viceroys) of Croatia in the 14th, 15th, 16th and 17th century; last member marquis Fran Krsto Frankopan beheaded in 1671 Coat of Arms of Fran Krsto Frankopan.jpg

G[edit]

Name of the family Time span Titles Notes Coat of arms
Getaldić 8th century – 20th century Old noble family from the Republic of Dubrovnik Ghetaldi.jpg
Gising 12th century – 1527 Count, Ban (viceroy) Noble family of Hungarian origin, owned Međimurje County in the 13th and 14th century; Bans (viceroys) of Croatia in the 13th and 14th century WAPPEN GUENSER.png
Gorjanski 13th century – 1481 Ban (viceroy) Noble family of Hungarian origin, owned estates in eastern Slavonia (Gorjani etc.); Bans (viceroys) of Croatia in the 14th century
Gradić 12th century – 20th century Count (since 1817) Old noble family from the Republic of Dubrovnik Gradi.jpg
Graziani (Gratiani) 16th century – 17th century Prince Noble family from Dalmatia; Gaspar Graziani (c.1575 – 1620), a member of the family, was Voivode (Prince) of Moldavia 1619–1620
Gregorijanec 15th century – 17th century Baron Native noble family from the former Bjelovar-Križevci County, northern Croatia; owners of Medvedgrad
Gučetić 8th century – today Count (since 1687) Old noble family from the Republic of Dubrovnik House of Gučetić (coat of arms).jpg
Gundulić c. 930 – 1800 Count (since 1615) Old noble family from the Republic of Dubrovnik Gondola.jpg
Gusić 1102 – today Baron, Ban (viceroy) Old Croatian noble family originating from Lika region; members of the Kurjaković family branch were Bans (viceroys) of Croatia in the 15th and 16th century Gusići.jpg
Gutmann 19th century – 20th century Baron Croatian Jewish noble family of Hungarian origin, founders of the settlement which became Belišće, Croatia

H[edit]

Name of the family Time span Titles Notes Coat of arms
Hellenbach 16th century – today Baron (since 1651) Cadet branch of the Čeh (Chech) noble family originating from Slovakia; owners of Hellenbach Manor near Marija Bistrica (northern Croatia)
Horvat 14th century - today Brothers Ivaniš, Pavao and Ladislav Horvat (together with their uncle Ivan Paližna) were opponents of Mary, Queen of Hungary (1382–1385) and palatine Nikola Gorjanski
Hotković 1445 – 19th century Baron (since 1791) Noble family originating from western Croatia, having estates in Bakar, Modruš and Ozalj; Daniel Peharnik-Hotković was general in Habsburg imperial army
Hrvatinić 13th century – 1476 Vojvoda (duke), Knez (prince) Noble house of Croatian origin[speculation?], most notable in the medieval Kingdom of Bosnia Hrvatinići.png

I[edit]

Name of the family Time span Titles Notes Coat of arms
Iločki 13th century – 1524 Vojvoda (duke), Ban (viceroy) Noble family from the Hrvatska Dubica district in medieval Slavonia; lords of Ilok since 1364; Nikola Iločki was Ban (viceroy) of The Whole of Slavonia 1457–1463 and Counter-king of Bosnia 1471–1477
Inkey 16th century – today Baron (since 1856) Noble family presumably originating from Peć tribe, one of the ancient Croatian tribes, settled in Berzence district (present-day Hungary); owned estates in Međimurje County and in Rasinja Grb obitelji Inkey.JPG

J[edit]

Name of the family Time span Titles Notes Coat of arms
Janković 16th century – today Count Noble family from Daruvar,
western Slavonia
Jelačić 14th century – today Baron (since 1797), Count (since 1854), Ban (viceroy) Noble house originating from southeastern part of medieval Croatia; Josip Jelačić (1801–1859), a member of the family, was Ban (viceroy) of Croatia 1848–1859 Grb obitelj Jelačić.jpg
Jurčević 16th century – today Baron (1535 - 1567)
Count (1631 - 1655)
Noble family originating from northern Dalmatia
Jurišić 15th century – 1572 Noble family from Senj, southern Croatia; Nikola Jurišić (c.1490–1545),

K[edit]

Name of the family Time span Titles Notes Coat of arms
Kabužić 8th century – today Count (since 1833) Old noble family from the Republic of Dubrovnik
Kačić 7th century – today Old noble family
from Dalmatia
Kaniški 14th century – 1571 Ban (viceroy) Noble family of Hungarian origin; Stjepan, Ladislav and Juraj Kaniški were Bans (viceroys) of Croatia in the 14th, 15th and 16th century Kanizsay blason.PNG
Karlović 11th century – 1943 King Noble family of descended from Trpimirović origins in Knin; Neda Trpimirović and Dmitar Karlović were Kings and Queens Croatia from 11th century – 1943. Were a branch of the Trpimirović royal dynasty of medieval Kingdom of Croatia. The noble family of Nin, Dubrovnik, Cavtat and Sloin (Split). The controlled the Dalmatian coast of Croatia up to WWII. Order of Duke Trpimir.jpg
Keglević 14th century – today Baron, Count, Ban (viceroy) Noble family originating from northern Dalmatia Bratislava erb na Rudnayovej ulici.jpg
Knežević 15th century – 20th century Baron (since 1763) Native noble family originating from medieval Zachlumia (later forming Herzegovina); since 1466 settled in Lika region, since 1802 in Međimurje; members of the family were high-ranking generals in the Habsburg imperial army Kneževići od Svete Jelene (Croatia).jpg
Kolonić 13th century – 1874 Baron (since 1583), Count (since 1637) Noble family originating from the former Pset County in central medieval Croatia (present-day Bosanski Petrovac district in Bosnia and Herzegovina), most notable in Hungary and Austria COA cardinal HU Kollonich Leopold Karl.png
Konjski 12th century – end of the 17th century Baron (since 1603), Count (since 1649) Noble family originating from Rovišće in Bjelovar-Bilogora County (northern Croatia); owners of the castles in Rovišće, Konjšćina and Donja Stubica Konjski.jpg
Krešimirović 1000–1074 King Branch of the Trpimirović royal dynasty of medieval Kingdom of Croatia Kresimir's seal.jpg
Kružić 15th century – 16th century Noble family originating from Lika region; Petar Kružić (1491–1537), a member of the family, was a soldier (well-known defender of Klis) Kružići.JPG
Kulmer Baron, Count Noble family from the Duchy of Carinthia, since 16th century settled in Croatia; owned Kulmerovi Dvori Castle in Šestine (Zagreb suburb) and Cernik Castle in Cernik village (western Slavonia)
Kurjaković 13th century – 16th century Knez (prince), Ban (viceroy) A branch of Gusić noble family; Bans (viceroys) of Croatia
in the 15th and 16th century

L[edit]

Name of the family Time span Titles Notes Coat of arms
Lacković 1344 – today Vojvoda (duke), Knez (prince), Ban (viceroy) Noble family of Bavarian origin; Bans (viceroys) of Croatia in the 14th century Grb Lackovića.JPG
Lenković 15th century - 17th century Noble family from Lika region; Ivan Lenković (†1569), a member of the family, was a Croatian army general and the leader of Uskoks in their headquarters in Senj Lenkovići.JPG
Lukarić 1283 – 17th century (?) Old noble family from the Republic of Dubrovnik
Lucari.jpg

M[edit]

Name of the family Time span Titles Notes Coat of arms
Magdalenić Baron Noble family from Turopolje, central Croatia; Matija Magdalenić (1625–1704), a member of the family, was a Croatian Kaykavian dialect writer
Madijevci 10th – 11th century (?) Ancient noble family from Zadar,
northern Dalmatia; Jelena, a member of the family, was the Queen consort of Croatian King Mihajlo Krešimir II
Menčetić 13th – 19th century Old noble family from the Republic of Dubrovnik Coa fam ITA menze4.jpg
Milići[disambiguation needed] 1881. - today Noble family from Žumberak area
Mlakovečki  ? – 17th century Baron Noble family of Hungarian origin; owned parts of Međimurje, Krapina-Zagorje and Zagreb County Grb Mlakovečkih 005.jpg
Mlinarić (Mlinarich)  ??? -1621. - 1650. - 1655. - today Vojvoda (duke), Herzog Family of Croatian origin who were divided into several branches: Croatia (Mlinarić), Hungary (Mlinarics), Styria (Mlinarič) ... and others, universal name for all branches is Mlinarich.

N[edit]

Name of the family Time span Titles Notes Coat of arms
Nelipić 1244–1434 Knez (prince) Old Croatian noble family originating from Dalmatia; owners of Knin Fortress, Klis Fortress, Drniš and large estates in northern Dalmatia
Nikolić-Podrinski Baron Vera Nikolić Podrinska (1886–1972), a member
of the family, was a Croatian painter
House of Novosel (Princely House) 15th century - today Duke, Prince Old Croatian noble family originating from Zagreb County; owners of Dolec Castle near Laduč Coat of Arms Novosel Noble family.jpg

O[edit]

Name of the family Time span Titles Notes Coat of arms
Odescalchi 13th century – today Duke Noble family of Italian origin; owned large estates in former Syrmia County (including the town of Ilok) 1697–1945 Stemma odescalchi.jpg
Orehovečki 1300 – today Count (since 1690) Native noble family from Sveti Petar Orehovec, Koprivnica-Križevci County (northern Croatia); owners of Veliki Kalnik Castle and Mali Kalnik Castle
Oreškoviċ von Breithen - Thurn ~1500 - today Duke (since 1645), Baron (since 1761), Prince (since ~1600) Native noble family from Kompolje, Lika, Gacka, Otočac, Obilje, Lešće; owners of Široka Kula (eng. Wide Tower, germ. Breithen-Thurn)
Oršić 1420 – today Baron (since 1675), Count (since 1744) Noble family originating from Drinić, a village in the former Pset County in central medieval Croatia; owned estates in Slavetić, Gornja Bistra, Gornja Stubica and Jurketinec; members of the family were generals in the Habsburg imperial army

P[edit]

Name of the family Time span Titles Notes Coat of arms
Palmotić 1157 – 17th century (?) Old noble family from the Republic of Dubrovnik Coa fam ITA palmotta.jpg
Patačić c. 1400 – 1817 Baron (since 1706), Count (since 1735) Noble family originating from medieval Bosnia; owners of Milengrad, Vrbovec, Rakovec, Vinica and some other estates in northern Croatia
Pejačević 14th century – today Baron (since 1712), Count (since 1772), Ban (viceroy) Noble family originating from southeastern part of medieval Croatia and medieval Bosnia, most notable in Slavonia; Bans (viceroys) of Croatia in the 19th and 20th century 11 peqchevich.jpg
Pucić  ? – 20th century Count (since 1688) Old noble family from the Republic of Dubrovnik Coat of arms Pozza.jpg

R[edit]

Name of the family Time span Titles Notes Coat of arms
Radić 16th century - 1726 Native noble family from Lika region; members of the family were Uskok military leaders at the headquarters in Senj
Ranjina 13th century (?) – 19th century Count Old noble family from the Republic of Dubrovnik
Ratkaj c. 1400 – 1793 Baron (since 1559), Count (since 1687) Noble family of Hungarian origin; owners of large estates in northern Croatia including Veliki Tabor Castle and Mali Tabor Castle
Restić  ? – 19th century (?) Old noble family from the Republic of Dubrovnik Reesti.jpg
Ritter Vitezović 17th century – 1713 Baron (since 1710) Noble family of German origin, settled in Senj; Pavao Ritter Vitezović (1652–1713), a member of the family, was a noted Croatian writer, historian, linguist and publisher Grb Rittera-Vitezovića.JPG
Rubido 12th century – today Count Noble family of Spanish origin, settled in Croatia in the 19th century; Sidonija Erdödy Rubido (1819–1884), a member of the family, was opera primadonna and an important member of the Illyrian movement

S[edit]

Name of the family Time span Titles Notes Coat of arms
Saraka 1172 – today Count (since 1817) Old noble family from the Republic of Dubrovnik Coa fam ITA saraca.jpg
Sermage Count (since 1723) Noble family of Burgundian origin; owned a lot of estates in Croatia (Susedgrad, Medvedgrad, Novi Dvori near Zaprešić, Oroslavje, Klenovnik Castle, Veliki Kalnik Castle etc.)
Sorkočević 1272 - 19th century (?) Old noble family from the Republic of Dubrovnik Coa fam ITA sorgo.jpg
Stankovački 16th century Ban (viceroy) Gašpar Stankovački, a member of the family, was Ban (viceroy) of Croatia 1595–1596
Svačić 11th century - 1097 King Royal dynasty of medieval Kingdom of Croatia, originating from northern Dalmatia; Petar Svačić, a member of the family,
was King of Croatia 1093-1097
Svetoslavić 997–1000; 1074–1089 King Branch of the Trpimirović royal dynasty
of medieval Kingdom of Croatia
Stipanov 11th century – 1896 Count (since 1890), Count (title) Ivan Stipanov (1811–1896), a member of the family, was Baron (title) of Croatia 1860–1867
Šokčević 18th century – 1896 Baron (since 1860), Ban (viceroy) Josip Šokčević (1811–1896), a member of the family, was Ban (viceroy) of Croatia 1860–1867
Srdanović 1624 – 19th century (?) Prince Is know it as Price of Omiš in 1628 prince Marko Srdanović. In posterior years was Prince Grgu, who died fighting against the Turkish and Tadja Srdanovic.
Šubić 11th century – 1456 Zhupan (iupanus, count) Knez (prince), Ban (viceroy) Old Croatian noble family known as Princes of Bribir; Bans (viceroys) of Croatia in the 13th and 14th century 643px-Bribir6 2.JPG

T[edit]

Name of the family Time span Titles Notes Coat of arms
Tahy Baron, Ban (viceroy) Noble family of Hungarian origin; owned estates in Croatia (Susedgrad, Donja Stubica, Božjakovina); Ivan Tahy, a member of the family, was Ban (viceroy) of Croatia 1524–1525 Grb obitelji Tahy.jpg
Talovac 15th century Ban (viceroy) Noble family originating from the island of Korčula, southern Dalmatia; Matko Talovac, a member of the family, was Ban (viceroy) of Slavonia 1435–1445
Tončić-Sorinj Noble family originating from the island of Rab (Kvarner Gulf in northern Croatian seacoast); Lujo Tončić-Sorinj (1915–2005), a member of the family, was an Austrian diplomat and politician
Trpimirović 845–1091 Duke (since 845), King (since 925) Royal dynasty of medieval Kingdom of Croatia Order of Duke Trpimir.jpg
Tudišević  ? – 19th century Old noble family from the Republic of Dubrovnik Coa fam ITA tudisi2.jpg
Turković 17th century – today Baron (since 1912) Noble family originating from Senj (upper Adriatic, western Croatia); since 1882 landowners in Kutjevo, central Slavonia

U[edit]

Name of the family Time span Titles Notes Coat of arms
Ugrinić c. 1300 – 1586 Cadet branch of the Šubić noble family; owners of Visovac and Rog castle in northern Dalmatia
Ungnad 15th century – today Baron (since 1522), Count, Ban (viceroy) Noble family of Austrian origin; Krsto Ungnad, a member of the family, was Ban (viceroy) of Croatia 1578–1583 Ingeram Codex 013.jpg
Utješinović 15th century – 16th century Noble family originating from northern Dalmatia and Lika region; Juraj Utješinović (1482–1551), a member of the family, was a Catholic cardinal and Hungarian statesman

V[edit]

Name of the family Time span Titles Notes Coat of arms
Vitovec 15th century Baron, Count, Ban (viceroy) Noble family of Czech origin; Jan Vitovec, a member of the family, was Ban (viceroy) of Slavonia 1457–1463
Vlašić 16th century – today Baron (since 1832), Ban (viceroy) Noble family originating from northern Dalmatia and Lika region; Franjo Vlašić, a member of the family, was Ban (viceroy) of Croatia 1832–1840 Vlašići (Croatia).jpg
Vojković 13th century – 20th century Count (since 1763) Native noble family from Klokoč, Kordun region (central Croatia); owned estates with castles and manor houses in Oroslavje, Zabok, Lužnica, Brdovec, Rakitje, Donja Stubica etc.
Vrančić 14th century – 17th century Noble family from Šibenik, northern Dalmatia; Antun Vrančić (1504–1573) and his nephew Faust Vrančić (1551–1617) were famous Croatian writers, diplomats, polymaths and bishops COA archbishop HU Vrancic Antun.png
Vranyczany-Dobrinović 13th century – today Baron (since 1862) Noble family originating from medieval Bosnia, settled in Vranjic, central Dalmatia, in the 15th century Grb obitelji Vranjicani-Dobrinović.JPG
Vukasović 15th century – 1844 Baron (since 1785) Noble family from Lika region, settled in Senj in the 16th century; Josip Filip Vukasović (1755–1809), a member of the family, was high-ranking general in the Habsburg imperial army Filip Vukasović (Dom i Sviet 1888).png

Z[edit]

Name of the family Time span Titles Notes Coat of arms
Zapolja 14th century – 1571 Knez (prince), Ban (viceroy), King Noble family originating from Zapolje in Rešetari municipality, Slavonia; Ivan Zapolja, a member of the family, was the counter-king of Croatia in personal union with Hungary 1526–1540 Szapolyai Magyar Királysága.JPG
Zlatarić 15th century (?) – 1823 Noble family from the Republic of Dubrovnik Slataric.jpg
Zdunić February, 1693 – today[4] Grof (count) Noble family, closely related to Krmpotić family, originates in the region of present day Lika, city of Senj. The nobility charter (which is today kept in Croatian State Archives) was awarded to the family (brothers Juraj, Pavle and Nikola) for extraordinary merit and excellence in the battles against Ottoman invaders, most notably during Austro-Turkish War of 1663 and Great Turkish War, by Leopold I, Prince of Anhalt-Dessau of House of Anhalt, in early 1693.[4] The same wars marked the decline of Ottoman presence in Habsburg Monarchy and Europe in general. Members of the family survive today, albeit in small numbers. Most of the family members migrated from their homeland during the transatlantic migrations to North and South America where their descendants reside today.[4]
Zrinski 1347–1703 Knez (prince); Ban (viceroy), Austrian Count (since 1554) Old Croatian magnate family known as Princes of Zrin; Bans (viceroys) of Croatia in the 16th and 17th century Grb Petra Zrinskog zg katedrala 210209.jpg

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