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Potemkin (Russian: Потёмкин, Potyomkin; or Potyomkina/Potemkina Feminine; Потёмкина) is a Russian surname which derives from the word Потёмка Potyomka meaning "dark". Persons bearing the name Potemkin rose to prominence in Muscovy from the 16th century onwards. The name may refer to (for example):

  • Prince Grigory Potemkin (1739–1791), statesman and lover of Catherine the Great
  • Pavel Potemkin (1743–1796), a Russian diplomat and military leader, cousin of Grigory Potemkin
  • Pyotr Potemkin (1617–1700), a Russian diplomat and voivode