Mavrocordatos family

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Coat of arms of the prince Mavrocordatos

Mavrocordatos (also Mavrocordato, Mavrokordatos, Mavrocordat or Mavrogordato; Greek: Μαυροκορδάτος) is the name of a family of Phanariot Greeks originally from Chios, a branch of which was distinguished in the history of the Ottoman Empire, Wallachia, Moldavia, and modern Greece.[1] The family – whose members were given a status equal to a Prince of the Holy Roman Empire and later became hospodars – was founded by the late-Byzantine noble (and merchant) Nicholas Mavrocordatos (1522–1570) from the island of Chios.

Notable members of the family[edit]

Portrait of Mavrocordatos family, 19th-century.
  • Nicholas Mavrocordatos (1670–1730), Alexander's son, ruler of Wallachia (two times) and Moldavia (two times)
  • Alexander Mavrokordatos, Nicholas' son
  • Nicholas Mavrokordatos, ban of Wallachia
  • John Mavrokordatos, Nicholas' son, ruler of Moldavia (1743–1747)


  1. ^ Chisholm, Hugh (1911). The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and General Information. [Cambridge] University Press. p. 917. MAVROCORDATO, Mavrocordat or Mavrogordato, the name of a family of Phanariot Greeks, distinguished in the history of Turkey, Rumania and modern Greece.