Aminoff

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Von Aminoff
Аминовы/Аминевы
boyar/noble family
Aminoff-suvun vaakuna.jpg
Arms of the Aminoff family
Parent familyRatshichi, Kamensky, Kuritsyn
Current regionSweden
Place of originVeliky Novgorod
Founded1400s
FounderRatsha
Ivan Yuryevich Volkov-Kuritsyn nicknamed Amin
Connected familiesKamensky, Kuritsyn
Lieutenant General Henrik Johan Aminoff
Major General, Governor Gustaf Aminoff
Three Gustavians. J.F. Aminoff (l.), J.A. Ehrenström and G.M. Armfelt (r.)

Aminoff is a noble family originating with boyars from Veliky Novgorod. The family hails from the clan of Ratsha, a court servant (tiun) to Prince Vsevolod II of Kiev. The Russian Aminovs were a lineage of the Kuritsyn boyar family, who, in turn, were offspring of the Novgorodian Kamensky clan. The Russian branch is thought to be extinct. Its family members live in Sweden and in Finland, and its genealogy branches are represented in Sweden's and Finland's Houses of Nobility. Aminoffs were introduced to Swedish House of Nobility in 1650 with the number of 446, and to Finnish House of Nobility in 1836 with the number of 36.

History[edit]

The Aminov family claimed their descent from the legendary Ratsha, who is also believed to be the progenitor of the Pushkins, Buturlins and other families[1]. The Aminovs are actual descendants of the Kamensky family through boyar to Grand Duke Vasily I of Mosow Roman Ivanovich Kamensky, who owned the Kamenka of Bezhetsky uyezd, Veliky Novgorod[2][3]. Roman Ivanovich was a descendant of Gavrila Alexich, boyar to Prince Alexander Nevsky[4], through which they are direct descendants of Ratsha. Ratsha's descendant Ivan Yuryevich (Volkov) syn Kurytsyn[5] nicknamed Amin'[1], the son of Yuri Ggirogyevich Kamensky nicknamed 'Volk' (i.e. wolf)[6] is the actual progenitor of the family. Nikita Ivanovich Aminov took part in the siege of Kazan in 1552, where he was killed in action[1]. The Russian branch died out in the 18th century[1].

Von Aminoff[edit]

The great-grandson of Nikita Aminov, Fyodor Grigoryevich Aminov (circa 1560-March 28, 1628[7]), was the voivode at Ivangorod. In 1611, he surrendered the town to the Swedes and switched to their side. He moved to the Swedish territory with his immediate family[8]. Soon he was appointed the governor of the Swedish Gdov[8]. In 1618 he was ennobled under the Swedish Crown[8].

Feodor Aminev's mother was Princess Helena Ivan's daughter Golitsin, daughter of Great Novgorod's Governor, Prince Ivan Juri's Son Golitsin[9].

Aminoff's is a traditional military family but in 1900s and 2000s they have been involved more in business and industry and as public servants. Aminoff noble family is still active, and it has plenty of family members in Sweden and in Finland.


Johan Fredrik Aminoff (1756-1842)

Notable members[edit]

  • Henrik Johan Aminoff (1680–1758), Lieutenant General
  • Carl Mauritz Aminoff (1728–1798), Lieutenant General, Director of the Swedish Royal Army Pension Fund
  • Adolf Aminoff (1733–1800), Major General and Commander of Savo Brigade
  • Johan Fredrik Aminoff (1756–1842), Count, General, Statesman
  • Johan Gabriel Aminoff (1767–1828), Major General
  • Gustaf Aminoff (1771–1836), Major General, Governor
  • Adolf Aminoff (1806–1884), Count, General
  • Berndt Adolf Carl Gregori (1809–1875), Colonel, Statesman
  • Wilhelm Sixten Gregorius Aminoff (1838–1909), Chamberlain of Sweden's Queen Mother Josephine
  • Johan Fredrik Gustaf Aminoff (1844–1899), Lieutenant General, Governor
  • Adolf Petter Johannes Aminoff (1856–1938), Major General
  • Ivar Aminoff (1868–1931), Defence Minister of Finland, Politician
  • Gregor Carl Georg Aminoff (1872–1934), Adjutant of King of Sweden Gustav V
  • Alexis Aminoff (1897–1977), diplomat and Chamberlain of Duke and Duchess of Västergötland
  • Carl Göran Aminoff (1916–2001), CEO of Insurance Company Varma and Minister for Foreign Trade of Finland
  • Marianne Aminoff (1916–1984), a Swedish film actress
  • Sten Gregor Aminoff (1918-2000), Ambassador of Sweden in New Zealand and Western Samoa
  • Gregori Aminoff Prize