Staël von Holstein
According to tradition, the family which originated from ancient Rhenish-German nobility, came to Sweden from Livonia during the 17th century via the Polish Major Hildebrand Staël. The family was naturalized as Swedish Nobility on the 14th of October 1652, and the family was introduced at the Swedish House of Knights on the 20th of September 1675.
Currently the family has been divided in rank and station: one side of the family was raised to baronial status (Swe: Friherrelig) in Sweden; another, to baronial level within the Russian Empire in 1869. The family has also been introduced in the Estonian and Latvian Houses of Nobility.
- Baron Erik Magnus Staël von Holstein (1749–1802), Swedish Ambassador in France.
- His wife, Germaine Necker (1766–1817), French author known as Madame de Staël.
- Nicolas de Staël (1914-1955), French painter.
- Alexander von Staël-Holstein (1877–1937), orientalist, sinologist, and indologist.
- Johan Staël von Holstein (1963-), IT entrepreneur.
- Baron Jan Stael von Holstein (1939-) Swedish, Professor, Tongji University, Shanghai, China.
- Swedish House of Knights, http://riddarhuset.se/