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The Babonić (Hungarian: Babonics or Vodicsai) was a noble family from medieval Slavonia whose most notable members were Bans (viceroys) of Slavonia and Croatia. Their rise began at the turn of the 12th and 13th centuries when they received enormous estates from the Kings of Hungary.[3][4][5] They were related to the Counts of Gorizia, the Venetian Morosini family and the Bosnian Kotromanić through intermarriages.[3]

Country Kingdom of Croatia
Kingdom of Hungary
Founded 13th century[1]
Founder Stjepan I (nicknamed Babon)[2]
Current head Extinct
Final ruler Ivan I, Ban of Slavonia, Croatia and Dalmatia[2]
Titles Counts of Gorica and Vodica[2] (Croatian: knezovi Gorički i Vodički), Ban of Primorje, Ban of Slavonia, Ban of Croatia and Dalmatia
Dissolution 14th century (the Blagaj branch perished in the 16th century)[1]
Cadet branches Counts of Blagaj[2] (Croatian: knezovi Blagajski)

Notable membersEdit

Below is the complete family tree based on Hungarian historian Pál Engel's Medieval Hungarian Genealogy (2001)[6] and Attila Zsoldos' archontology (2011):

  • Stephen I
  • Babonega I
    • Stephen II (fl. 1243–1256), Ban of Primorje (banus maritimus) (1243–1249)
    • Babonega II (fl. 1249–1256)
      • Nicholas I (fl. 1278–1292)
      • Stephen IV (fl. 1278–1316), Ban of Slavonia (1299; 1310–1316), Krupa branch
        • George (fl. 1321–1336)
        • John II (fl. 1321–1328)
        • Denis (fl. 1321–1370)
        • Paul (fl. 1321–1381), died without heirs
      • John I (fl. 1284–1334), Ban of Slavonia (1317–1322), Ban of Croatia and Dalmatia (1322)
        • a daughter (fl. 1328), married Peter II Kőszegi, the ancestor of the Herceg de Szekcső family
      • Otto (fl. 1284–1300)
      • Radoslav II (fl. 1284–1314)
        • Nicholas II (fl. 1321–1330)
        • Dujam (fl. 1321–1369), ancestor of the Blagay family



  • Curta, Florin (2006). Southeastern Europe in the Middle Ages, 500–1250. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-89452-4. 
  • Fine, John V. A (1994). The Late Medieval Balkans: A Critical Survey from the Late Twelfth Century to the Ottoman Conquest. The University of Michigan Press. ISBN 0-472-08260-4. 
  • Koszta, László (1994). "Babonić". In Kristó, Gyula; Engel, Pál; Makk, Ferenc. Korai magyar történeti lexikon (9–14. század) [Encyclopedia of the Early Hungarian History (9th–14th centuries)] (in Hungarian). Akadémiai Kiadó. p. 73. ISBN 963-05-6722-9.