Pallavicini family

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Arms of the Pallavicini of Genoa
Parent familyObertenghi[1]
Current regionItaly
Founded11th century
FounderOberto II Pelavicino

The House of Pallavicini, also known as Pallavicino and formerly known as Pelavicino, is an ancient Italian noble family founded by Oberto II Pelavicino of the Frankish Obertenghi family.[2][3]

The Pallavicini of Genoa[edit]

The first recorded member of the Pallavicini family was Oberto I (died 1148). The first Pallavicino fief was created by Oberto II, who received it from Holy Roman Emperor Frederick Barbarossa in 1162. A number of lines are descended from Guglielmo (died 1217), possessor of a series of fiefs between Parma and Piacenza.

The Pallavicini of the Latin Empire[edit]

Through the descendants of Guy and his brother Rubino, sons of Guglielmo, a branch of the family rose to prominence in the Latin Empire founded after the Fourth Crusade in 1204.

They governed the Margraviate of Bodonitsa from 1204 to 1358. They grew in riches and, after 1224, became also the most powerful family in the former Kingdom of Thessalonica (northern Greece). The first margraves were of Guy's line until his daughter Isabella died, at which time the line of Rubino inherited the throne. The Pallavicini were related to the De la Roche family then ruling in Athens. After the death of Albert in 1311 the Pallavicini influence slowly declined. The subsequent Zorzi margraves were matrilineal descendants of the last Pallavicini marquise, Guglielma.

Notable members[edit]

Arms of the Grafen von Pallavicini

Family tree[edit]

See also[edit]

Palais Pallavicini in Vienna

A number of buildings are named after the family:


  1. ^ a b "Oberténghi". Retrieved 29 June 2021.
  2. ^ "ADALBERTO". Retrieved 29 June 2021.
  3. ^ "PALLAVICINO, Oberto I". Retrieved 29 June 2021.
  4. ^ a b Pallavicino[permanent dead link] (in Italian) from the Genealogie delle famiglie nobili italiane at
  5. ^ "F.I.A.M.C. – Fédération International des Associations de Médicins Catholiques / World Federation of the Catholic Medical Associations".


  • Miller, W. "The Marquisate of Boudonitza (1204–1414)." Journal of Hellenic Studies, Vol. 28, 1908, pp 234–249.
  • Setton, Kenneth M. (general editor) A History of the Crusades: Volume III — The Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries. Harry W. Hazard, editor. University of Wisconsin Press: Madison, 1975.
  • Marquisate of Bodonitsa

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