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The Hauke-Bosak (more commonly called Hauke) are originally a German middle class family of allegedly Dutch origin, who after having settled in Poland at the end of the 18th century achieved great importance and titles of nobility in Congress Poland.

Coat of arms of the Haukes, called "Bosak" (Grappling hook) and awarded in 1826, the coronet added in 1829
The grave of Fryderyk Karol Hauke (Powązki, Warsaw)
Salomea Hauke's grave (Protestant Cemetery, Warsaw)

A short history of the family[edit]

First known ancestor of the Haukes was Johann Gaspar Hauck, a registrar at the Imperial Chamber Court of the Holy Roman Empire in Wetzlar, who died in 1722 and was buried in his home town. By his wife Johanna Barbara of an unknown maiden name he had ten children, of whom two sons, Johann Valentin (1698–1722) and Ignatz Marianus (1706–1784) came to important positions: Johann continued the family tradition of employment at the Court of Justice in Wetzlar, while Ignatz became a secretary to the Government of the Electorate of Mainz. Ignatz, too, had many children, nine, with his wife Maria Franziska Riedesel, who was an illegitimate (later acknowledged) daughter of Baron George Riedesel zu Eisenbach, a member of one of the oldest Hessian noble families. One of their sons, Johann Friedrich Michael Hauck (born 1737 in Mainz, died 1810 in Warsaw) moved to Saxony and later to Poland as a secretary of the powerful Count Alois von Brühl, Starost of Warsaw and General of the Royal Polish Artillery, son of the famous Saxon-Polish minister Heinrich von Brühl. In 1782 Count Alois sold his Polish dignities and estates and returned to Saxony, but Johann Friedrich with his family of seven children by an Alsatian Protestant preacher's daughter Salomea b. Schweppenhäuser (1755–1833), stayed in Warsaw. Having changed his Christian names to more Polish sounding Fryderyk Karol Emanuel and his surname to Hauke, he had considerable success as owner of a private school and later as teacher of the German language and mathematics at an exclusive Prussian school for boys, called Warsaw Lycaeum.

Three of Hauke's sons, John Maurice, Ludwik August (1779–1851) and Joseph (1790–1837) entered after 1815 the service of the Czar, who was at the same time King of Congress Poland, achieved very high positions and received titles and rights od Polish nobility in 1826. The coat of arms awarded to them received in accordance to the Polish custom of naming arms the name "Bosak" (Grappling hook), which some, but not all, members of the family attached to their surname. John Maurice (in 1829) and Joseph (in 1830), both of them Generals, were elevated to the rank of counts of the Russian Empire. In 1861 the branch of Ludwik August followed, having obtained an Austrian confirmation of the title of Count awarded to General Alexander Hauke (1814–1868), who married his cousin Sophie (1816–1861), a daughter of John Maurice and sister to Julia von Battenberg and Catarina Hauke.

The branches of Maurice and Joseph became extinct in male line in 1852 respectively in 1949, the branch of Ludwik and Alexander still flourishes. Its descendants live all in Stockholm except one, who is a Dominican prior in Poznań. They left Poland and settled down in Sweden about 1960, aided by their relative, Queen Louise of Sweden.

Most of the Haukes living in Warsaw in the first half of the 19th century are buried at the Catholic Powązki Cemetery in Warsaw, those who were Lutherans or Calvinists (mostly Protestant women who married into the family) repose at the Lutheran and Calvinist Cemeteries of the Polish capital. Solely John Maurice and his wife lie in the crypt of the Capucin church in Warsaw's Old Town.

Known members of the family[edit]


  • Stanisław Łoza, Rodziny polskie pochodzenia cudzoziemskiego zamieszkale w Warszawie i okolicach, vol. 2, Warsaw 1934
  • Baron Constantin Stackelberg, Genealogy of the Hauke Family,, Washington D.C. 1955
  • Information from Count Zygmunt de Hauke, Stockholm