Mavrocordatos family

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Prince Mavrocordat coat of arms.

Mavrocordatos (also Mavrocordato, Mavrokordatos, Mavrocordat or Mavrogordato; Greek: Μαυροκορδάτος) is the name of a family of Phanariot Greeks originating in Chios with Nicholas Mavrocordatos (1522-1570), a branch of which was distinguished in the history of the Ottoman Empire, Wallachia, Moldavia, and modern Greece. The family – whose members were given a status equal to a Prince of the Holy Roman Empire and later became hospodars – was founded by a late-Byzantine noble (and merchant) from the island of Chios.

Notable members of the family were:

  • Alexander Mavrokordatos - Nicholas' son
  • Nicholas Mavrokordatos, ban of Wallachia


  • Wikisource Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Mavrocordato". Encyclopædia Britannica. 17 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 917.