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Coats of arms of the Sorgo

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


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


According to the Annals, the Sorgo was 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 Sorgo, a patrician in Venice, recruited Jacobus Rizo as a doctor against the plague.[5]

Genealogy (Austrian branch)[edit]

Coat of arms of the Sorgo-Cerva
  • Niccolo I Sorgo (born in April 1709), son of Giovanni Sorgo (1664–1736) and Maria Gradi). Married Maria Resti. Their sons were:
    • (1) Nikola Marijan Sorgo (born 16 August 1759)
    • (2) Šišmundo Alojz Sorgo (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 Sorgo (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 von Ziegler (11 October 1810, Graz – 4 September 1896, Trieste, ), k.k Lanadesgeriches. She had two children:
          • Matej von Zigler-Pucić, date of birth and death unknown.
          • Lucijan von Ziegler-Pucić (19 March 1852, Kotor – 28 September 1930), T.d. VizeAdmirals i. R., Eskaderkommandant between 1907. Married with Ana Marija Enriketa Countess Kabudžić (born 20 June 1858, date of death unknown) in Dubrovnik on 10 April 1882. They had three children:
            • Helena von Ziegler-Pucić (3 March 1889, Pula – 2 February 1968, Vienna), married Hugo Theobald Alfons Karl Maria Freiherr von Seyffertitz (23 September 1885, Brixen – 10 June 1966, Vienna), KorvKpt. i. R.
            • Teo von Ziegler-Pucić (date of birth unknown, died in Yugoslavia on 24 November 1924), married Marica von Kiepach-Haselburg, born in Križevci, Croatia c. 1897. After the death of her husband, she moved to Los Angeles and died in 1985.
            • Marica von Ziegler-Pucić, date of birth and death is unknown, she married Charley Masjon, Linienschiffskapitän. They had one daughter:
              • Winifred Masjon (8 June 1911–14 December 1998), married Laszló Harkay 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)
  • Petar Marijan Sorkoćević, son of Đivo Vlahov (born 8 May 1746), married Uršula Menzić. His nobility was recognized by the Austrian Empire on 1 December 1817. Remarried Marija Božidarević. Their sons were:
    • Petar Ignac Nikola (born 25 June 1793)
    • Vlaho Dominik (born 18 April 1797)
  • Nikola Vladislav Sorkočević (1717–1790), married Helena, daughter of Matej Martolica Zamanjić (born1635), on 31 August 1760. 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 Nikola, daughter of Nikola Gućetić. They had four children:
      • (a) Helena Marija (born 27 February 1793), married Natale de Saracca. They had four children:
        • Paola
        • Paolo
        • Vladislao
        • Orsato Maria Domenico de Saracca (30 December 1832–20 October 1890), married Rosa Cecotti. They had eight children:
          • Rafael
          • Helena
          • Nikola
          • Maksim
          • Magdalena
          • Antun
          • Natal Saraka (30 September 1866, Split – 19 January 1945, Roncaiette), married Giuseppina Bucchich (2 June 1867–3 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 Magdalena, daughter of Nikola Đivo Bunić, and had six children:
      • (a) Nikola Stanislav (born 19 November 1791)
      • (b) Vladislav Ignjat (born 13 December 1795)
      • (c) Luko Ksaver (born 13 July 1797)
      • (d) Đivo Frano Marijan (born 25 March 1799)
      • (e) Marin Dominik Frano (born 28 February 1804)
      • (f) Paula (born 4 September 1807)
    • (3) Marin Paskal (17 May 1767–1842), married Helena, daughter of Melkior Gučetić. They had three children:
      • (a) Nikola Antun (born 3 May 1803)
      • (b) Melkior (born 1 April 1808)
      • (c) Antun (born 20 July 1810)
  • Luko Jure Sorkočević, son of Frano. Aristocratic status recognized on 10 November 1817.
  • Ana, daughter of Frano Jeronim Bunić, widow of Petar Sorkočević

Also, the following descent is known as well:

  • Antun Sorkočević (born 5 July 1727), married 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. They had children:
      • Antun Đivo (born 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-Sorkočević family[edit]

In 1904 the Natali-Sorkočević 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. They had 3 children. By Imperial decree from Franz-Josef the 1st, on 5 January 1905, it was decreed that henceforth the family shall be known as von Mirošević-Sorkočević.

  • Hermann von Mirošević-Sorkočević
    • Nikola Mirošević-Sorgo[6] (1885 died September 1966), 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, née Jefremović (1889–1982). They had sons:
      • Branko (1924–present)
      • Ivan (1926–1991), he had children:
        • Mikola (1954–present)
        • Mara (1955–present)
        • Mark (1957–present)
        • Vladimir (1959–present)
        • Andrej (1961–2000)
      • Poznań (1931–present), he had children:
        • Antun (1968–present)
        • Isabelle (1971–present)

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. Sorgo su po Analima došli u Dubrovnik god. 1272 , a to ne može biti, jer Marina Viitova Sorgo 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 (Sorgo) 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 Sorgo 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. ^ Britain and the Vatican During the Second World War by Escrito por Owen Chadwick


  • 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)