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Sviatopolk-Chetvertynsky / Czetwertyński
POL COA Czetwertyński-Światopełk.svg
Family coat of arms
Ethnicity Ruthenian
Current region Poland, Canada, Belgium
Place of origin Chetvertnia, Lutsk county, Volhynia

Czetwertyński or Chetvertynsky (also Sviatopolk-Chetvertynsky) is a Ukrainian[1] (or Polish) princely family originated from Volhynia in the Crown of the Kingdom of Poland.[2] The family takes its name from the village of Chetvertnya, Lutsk county, in modern-day Manevychi Raion, Volyn Oblast.


According to family's legend, the progenitor of it is the Grand Prince of Kiev Sviatopolk II.[2] The first documented member of the family is Oleksander Chetvertynsky who is mentioned in 1388.[1]

In 1492 Prince Fedir Mykhailovych Chetvertynsky was the Lithuanian-Ruthenian ambassador to Wallachia.[1] Over time some members of the family were Catholicized, but mostly the family remained adherent to the Eastern Orthodox religion.[1]

Prince Stepan Sviatopolk-Chetvertynsky (1575-1659) played a key role in reestablishing the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople in 1620.[1] His son Mykola Sviatopolk-Chetvertynsky (?-1659) was a relative of the Hetman of Zaporizhian Host Ivan Vyhovsky.[1]

Two of the most notable representatives of the family were Hedeon Zakharovych Svyatopolk-Chetvertynsky, the Metropolitan of Kiev, Galicia and all Little Russia in 1685-90,[1] and Antoni Stanislaw's daughter Marie who was Alexander I of Russia's mistress and had children by him. Nephew of Hedeon, Yurii Sviatopolk-Chetvertynsky (?-ca 1717–22) was a son-in-law of the Hetman of Zaporizhian Host Ivan Samoylovych.[1]

After Antoni Stanisław Czetwertyński-Światopełk was lynched in 1794 by Polish nationals in Warsaw (Russian Empire) during the Kościuszko Uprising,[3] his family resettled in Saint Petersburg. It received major land grants from Catherine the Great such as the manor of Filimonki near Moscow.

Belgian Branch[edit]

By royal decree of king Albert II[4] two members both sons of prince Michel Felix Swiatopelk-Czetwertynski were recognised in the Belgian Nobility with the rank of Prince, for them and all their descendants.

  • Alexandre Wladimir (Alex), prince Swiatopelk-Czetwertynski (Ukkel, 27 December 1975), married to Christine Renée Harrington.
  • Constantin Nicolas (Tinko), prince Swiatopelk-Czetwertynski (Brussels, 20 February 1978), photographer known as Tinko Czetwertynski.[5] married to princess Paola Maria Sapieha-Rozanski (Londen, 27 April 1983).

Coat of arms[edit]

The family used the Pogoń Ruska coat of arms.

Notable members[edit]


External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Sviatopolk-Chetvertynsky". 
  2. ^ a b "Search". Encyclopædia Britannica. 
  3. ^ Kronika powstań polskich 1794–1944, Wydawnictwo Kronika, Warszawa, ISBN 83-86079-02-9, s. 38
  4. ^ Adelbrieven verleend door Z.M. Albert II Koning der Belgen, 2001-2008. [Tielt, 2010].
  5. ^