Sorkočević (family)

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Coats of arms of the House of Sorkočević
Coat of arms of the House of Sorkočević-Crijević

The Sorkočević (in Croatian) or Sorgo (in Italian) were a noble family from Dubrovnik, founded in the Republic of Ragusa.


Known as di/de Sorgo, Surgo, Sorco and Surco in Italian, their name is derived from sorghum.[1]


According to the Annals, the Sorkočević were a grain-trading and ship-owning family who immigrated from Albania via Kotor in 1272, and were ennobled in 1292 after bringing sorghum during a famine.[1] They hailed from the Cape of Rodon (di Redoni d' Albania antichi), according to a later entry in the Annals.[2] However, "Vita de Dobroslavo", the progenitor, is mentioned in 1253, and died before 1281.[3] Vita had seven sons and two daughters.[4] He had a son, Dobrosclavus, who was mentioned between 1274 and 1283, when he died.[3]

In 1527, Vlaho Sorkočević, a patrician in Venice, recruited Jacobus Rizo as a doctor against the plague.[5]

Austrian branch[edit]

  • I. Nikola Sorkočević, born in April 1709 married with Maria Resti (son of Đivo Sorkočević (*1664 + 1736) and Maria Gradi). His sons were:
  • (1) Nikola Marijan (born 16 August 1759)
  • (2) Šišmundo Alojz (born 24 December 1763), which both ones 1 December 1817 have been recognized. was married later with Magdalena Countess Pucić von Zagorie, their offspring were:
    • (a) Marina Marija Antonija Alojzija, born 13 September 1795, married Lucijan Đivo Dominko Vincenc Pucić, born 20 August 1780, they had two children:
      • Matej Lucijan and Marija Dominka (3 August 1820, + 21 April 1866). Marija Dominka married Wenzel Ritter v.Ziegler (k.k Lanadesgeriches) born in Graz 11 October 1810 and died in Trieste 4 September 1896. She had two children:
        • Matej v.Zigler-Pucić, date of born and death unknown.
        • Lucijan v.Ziegler-Pucić, born in Kotor 19 March 1852(T.d. VizeAdmirals i. R., Eskaderkommandant (1907–08) ) died 8 September 1930 Dubrovnik, married with Ana Marija Enriketa Countess Kabudžić (born 20 June 1858, date of death unknown), married in Dubrovnik on 10 April 1882. They had three children:
          • Helena v.Ziegler-Pucić, who born in Pula 3 March 1889 and died Baden, Viena 2 February 1968, she married with Hugo Theobald Alfons Karl Maria Freiherr von Seyffertitz,(KorvKpt. i. R) who born in Brixen 23 September 1885 and died Baden, Viena 10 June 1966.
          • Teo v.Ziegler-Pucić, date of born unknown, died in Yugoslavia on 24 November 1924, he married with Marica v. Kiepach-Haselburg, born in Križevci, Croatia c.1897, after the death of Teo, she moved to Los Angeles, United States, and died in 1985.
          • Marica v.Ziegler-Pucić, date of born and death is unknown, she married with Charley Masjon, (Linienschiffskapitän), and they had one daughter, Winifred Masjon (8 June 1911 – 14 December 1998), she married with Laszló Harkay died 14 December 1998 they lived in Hungary.
    • (b) Tereza Gaetana Alojzija, born 24 May 1797,
    • (c) Đivo Jeronim Alojzije Anđelo, born 3 October 1799
    • (d) Lucijan, born 7 June 1802.
The palace of the Sorkočević family in Dubrovnik
  • II. Petar Marijan Sorkoćević, married Uršula Menzić, son of Đivo Vlahov, born 8 May 1746, the old aristocracy was recognized for the Austrian Empire 1 December 1817, remarried with Marija Božidarević. Their sons were:
    • (a) Petar Ignac Nikola, born 25 June 1793
    • (b) Vlaho Dominik, born 18 April 1797.
  • III. Nikola Vladislav Sorkočević (*1717 + 1790), married 31 August 1760 with Helena, daughter of Matej Martolica Zamanjić (*1635). Their aristocratic status was recognized by the Austrian Empire on 1 November 1817. The sons of Nikola Vladislav and Helena were:
    • (1) Vladislav, born 15 December 1761, married with Nikola, daughter of Nikola Gućetić. Vladislav had four children:
      • (a) Helena Marija, born 27 February 1793, she married with Natale de Saracca, they had four children Paola, Paolo, Vladislao and Orsato Maria Domenico de Saracca, 30 December 1832, Dubrovnik, + 20 October 1890, Medo married Rosa Cecotti, they had eight children: Rafael, Helena, Nikola, Maksim, Magdalena, Antun and Natal Saraka, Split 30 September 1866, Roncaiette +19 January 1945 who married with Giuseppina Bucchich, Lesina (Dalmazia) 12 June 1867 - Padova 3 July 1952
      • (b) Ana Marija Elizabet, born 3 June 1794,
      • (c) Nikola Frano, born 2 April 1796,
      • (d) Nikola Marijan Vlaho, born 25 May 1797.
    • (2) Matej Baltazar, born 6 January 1763, married with Magdalena, daughter of Nikola Đivo Bunić, and had six children:
      • (a) Nikola Stanislav, born 19.11.1791,
      • (b) Vladislav Ignjat, born 13.12.1795,
      • (c) Luko Ksaver, born 13.7.1797,
      • (d) Đivo Frano Marijan, born 25.3.1799,
      • (e) Marin Dominik Frano, born 28.2.1804,
      • (f) Paula, born 4.9.1807.
    • (3) Marin Paskal, born 17 May 1767, married with Helena, daughter of Melkior Gučetić. Marin (1767 + 1842) (3) had three children:
      • (a) Nikola Antun, born 3.5.1803,
      • (b) Melkior, born 1.4.1808,
      • (c) Antun, born 20.7.1810.
  • IV. Luko Jure Sorkočević and Petar, sons of Frano. Aristocratic status recognized on 10 November 1817.
  • V. Ana, daughter of Frano Jeronim Bunić, widow of Petar Sorkočević, son of Marin, in addition to the son of Marin Frano Jeronim, born 22.2.1802, as well Marin, son of Antun Sorkočević. Aristocracy recognized on 1 November 1817.

Also, the following descent is known as well: Antun Sorkočević, born 5 July 1727, married with Lucija Bunić whose father Marius Medo was married to Marija, daughter of Luko Džono Sorkočević. His son Luko Božidar Frano, born 12 November 1776, married with Nikolada Gučetić, Melkior's daughter, was a father of Antun Đivo who was born on 30 August 1812. From the nobles Sorkočević-Crijević. Petar Ignjat (1746–1826) died in Dubrovnik without descendants. On 10 November 1817 in Graz, his aristocracy was acknowledged.


The Mirošević-Sorgo coat of arms.

In 1904 the Natali-Sorgo family became extinct which left the second daughter as the eldest living descendant in direct descent with the name. She was already married to the Dubrovnik port captain and mariner, Hermann von Mirošević, with whom she had 3 children. By Imperial decree from Franz-Josef I, on 5 January 1905, it was decreed that henceforth the family shall be known as von Mirošević-Sorgo.

Nikola Mirošević-Sorgo,[6] born in 1885 died September 1966 St Stephen's hospital in London. Ambassador to the Vatican for the Kingdom of Yugoslavia during WWII. Minister in Exile of the Yugoslav cabinet. Son of Hermann von Mirošević-Sorkočević, eldest son in direct descent and head of the Sorkočević family, posthumously a published poet. Survived by his wife Dobrila Mirošević-Sorkočević (born Jefremović, 1889–1982), sons Branko (1924- ), Ivan (1926–1991), and Poznań (1931- ); grandchildren Nicholas (1954- ), Mara (1955- ), Mark (1957- ), Vladimir (1959- ), Andrej (1961–2000) from Ivan, and Antun (1968- ), and Isabelle (1971- ) from Poznań.

Notable members[edit]

  • Antun Sorkočević (1775–1841), the last ambassador of the Republic in France, where he spent 35 years, authoring numerous publications.
  • Luka Sorkočević (1734–1789), whose symphonies are performed throughout the world, lived in Dubrovnik. His two sisters were the first female composers in Croatia.
  • Nikola (Niko) Sorkočević[citation needed], wrote an important book about navigation, shipbuilding, and tides, published in 1574.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Oleh Havrylyshyn; Nora Srzentiæ (10 December 2014). Institutions Always 'Mattered': Explaining Prosperity in Mediaeval Ragusa (Dubrovnik). Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 59–. ISBN 978-1-137-33978-2. 
  2. ^ Milorad Medini (1935). Starine Dubrovačke. Štamparija "Jadran". p. 97. Sorkočevići su po Analima došli u Dubrovnik god. 1272 , a to ne može biti, jer Marina Viitova Sorkočević nalazimo u Dubrovniku već god. 1269. Što se tiče njihova podrijetla, očito je u Popisu »di Redoni d' Albania antichi« kasniji dodatak po Analima, ... 
  3. ^ a b Recueil de travaux de l'institut d'études byzantines. Institut. 1966. У породици СоркочевиЬ (Sorkočević) спомшье се 1253. г. родоначелник „Vita de Dobroslavo", kojh je умро пре 1281. г. Ово сва- како значи да je ¡едан Доброслав живео у npeoj половини XIII века. Сем тога, наведени Вито имао je сина „Dobrosclavus-a", kojh се спомише од 1274. до 1283. г., када je умро. 
  4. ^ Susan Mosher Stuard (1992). A state of deference: Ragusa/Dubrovnik in the medieval centuries. University of Pennsylvania Press. ISBN 978-0-8122-3178-6. The stalwart progenitor of the Sorkočević line, Vita de Dobroslavo (flourished 1253- 1281) and his stalwart but unfortunately nameless wife produced seven surviving sons and at least two daughters, a record not matched in subsequent generations ... 
  5. ^ Zlata Blazina Tomic; Vesna Blazina (1 April 2015). Expelling the Plague: The Health Office and the Implementation of Quarantine in Dubrovnik, 1377-1533. MQUP. p. 145. ISBN 978-0-7735-9712-9. 
  6. ^ Owen Chadwick (24 June 1988). Britain and the Vatican During the Second World War. Cambridge University Press. pp. 162–. ISBN 978-0-521-36825-4. 


  • Siebmacher "Dalmatien" Seite 21 f., Tfl. 14
  • Hermann Von Mirošević-Sorkočević, Hafen- u SeeSanKapit = Dubrovnik, Königreich Dalmatien, High-Life-Almanach: Adressbuch der Gesellschaft Wiens und der österreichischen Kronländer, 1913 (pg. 386)