House of Chodkiewicz
|Ethnicity||Belarusian, Lithuanian, Polish|
|Current region||Poland, Belarus and Lithuania|
|Place of origin||Belarus|
Jan Karol Chodkiewicz
The Chodkiewicz (Belarusian: Хадкевіч, Polish: Chodkiewiczowie, Lithuanian: Chodkevičius, Kadkevičius, Katkevičius, Katkus) family was one of the most influential noble families of Ruthenian descent in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth in the 16th–17th centuries. Chodko Jurewicz, chamberlain to Grand Duke Vytenis, was probably the ancestor of the whole clan and gave it the name Chodkiewicz, meaning "son of Chodzko". Surnames were not used in that time, but apparently later in history, the name Chodzko became a surname after Christianization of Chodzko Juriewicz, father of Iwan (Jan) Chodkiewicz. They bore the Chodkiewicz coat of arms. In 1572, Jan Hieronimowicz Chodkiewicz abandoned Calvinism for the Roman catholicism with his two sons, which made them first polonized generation of the once Ruthenian family. Emperor Charles V granted the title of Count of the Roman Empire to the whole family.
Notable family members
- Chodko Jurewicz (c.1431–1447), founder of Chodkiewicz clan
- Ivan Chodkiewicz (?–1484), founder of the Chodkiewicz family
- Aleksander Chodkiewicz (1457–1549), voivode of the Nowogródek Voivodeship, Grand Marshal of Lithuania
- Yurii Chodkiewicz (1524–1569), voivode of the Nowogródek Voivodeship
- Hieronim Chodkiewicz (1500–1561), Grand Lithuanian Podczaszy, Elder of Samogitia, Count of the Roman Empire
- Ivan Hieronimowicz Chodkiewicz (1537–1579), Livonian hetman, Grand Lithuanian Marshall, castellan of Vilnius.
- Grzegorz Chodkiewicz (?–1572), Grand Hetman of Lithuania
- Jan Karol Chodkiewicz (1560–1621), Grand Hetman of Lithuania
- Krzysztof Chodkiewicz (?–1652), castellan of Vilnius, voivode of Vilnius Voivodship
- Jan Kazimierz Chodkiewicz (1616–1660), castellan of Vilnius
- Anna Eufrozyna Chodkiewicz (c. 1600 – c. 1631), married Prokop Sieniawski in 1623
- Teresa Chodkiewicz (1645–1672), married Stanisław Bonifacy Krasiński about 1667
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-  Genealogy of Chodkiewicz family.
-  Site about Chodkiewicz clan.
-  Full interactive family tree (in Polish).
- Chester S. L. Dunning, Caryl Emerson, Aleksandr Sergeevich Pushkin, The Uncensored Boris Godunov, Univ of Wisconsin Press, 2007, SBN 0299207641, Google Print, p. 498
- Kasper Niesiecki, Herbarz polski Kaspra Niesieckiego, Published by Waif, 1839, Google Print, p.48 (public domain)
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