Japaridze (noble family)

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The Japaridze (Georgian: ჯაფარიძე) is a Georgian noble family known from c. 1400.[1]

A family legend recorded by Prince Ioann of Georgia in his genealogical treatise holds it that the Jap'aridze descended from the Mongol ("Chingisid") officer in Racha called Jap'ar whose scions later converted to Georgian Orthodox Christianity and were ennobled by the kings of Georgia. They possibly held the Duchy of Racha between the disappearance of the Kakhaberidze and the establishment of the Chkhetidze (1273-1488). The Jap'aridze formed several lines: a princely one in the Kingdom of Imereti, and a petite noble branches in the kingdoms of Kartli, Kakheti, and Imereti.[2]

Under the Russian rule, the family was received among the princely nobility in 1850.[3]

In 1882, Princess Agrippina Japaridze (1855—1927) became a morganatic wife of Duke Constantine Petrovich of Oldenburg (1850—1906) and received for her and her descendants the title of Count(ess) Zarnekau, since she was ineligible for the title of Duchess of Oldenburg.[4]


  1. ^ Toumanoff, Cyril (1967). Studies in Christian Caucasian History, p. 272. Georgetown University Press.
  2. ^ Bagrationi, Ioane (1768-1830). Japaridze (Princes of Imereti). The Brief Description of the Georgian Noble Houses. Retrieved on December 19, 2007.
  3. ^ (in Russian) Джапаридзе. Russian Biographic Lexicon. Retrieved on December 19, 2007.
  4. ^ (in Russian) Fedorchenko, Valery Ivanovich (2003), Дом Романовых: энциклопедия биографий (The House of Romanov: Encyclopedia of Biographies), p. 58. Olma Media Group, ISBN 5-7867-0097-6