Naryshkin family

For those with this surname who were not members of this family, see Naryshkin.

The Naryshkin family (Russian: Нарышкины) was a noble Moscow boyar family of Crimean Tatar descent,[1][2] going back to a certain Mordko Kurbat Naryshko, a Crimean Tatar, who moved to Moscow in the 15th century.[3] It became allied to the ruling house in 1671 when the great beauty Natalya Naryshkina (daughter of Kirill Poluektovich Naryshkin) married Alexis of Russia, later becoming the mother of Peter the Great. The Naryshkin family was persecuted under the regency of Tsarevna Sophia Alekseyevna of Russia, but were then highly favoured by Peter and his descendants and played a major part in Russian life.

Streltsy revolt against Naryshkin familyEdit

During the Streltsy uprising, soldiers of the Streltsy staged a revolt against the Naryshkin family (the relatives of Peter’s mother, who had assumed actual power). Their uprising was crushed and their unit were forcibly disbanded by the Tsar, with hundreds of them executed or deported.

Other notable membersEdit



  1. ^ Robert K. Massie, Peter the Great: His Life and World, Random House Publishing Group (2012), p. 19
  2. ^ W. E. D. Allen, The Ukraine, Cambridge University Press (2014), p. 121
  3. ^ Sergei O. Prokofieff, The Spiritual Origins of Eastern Europe and the Future Mysteries of the Holy Grail, Temple Lodge Publishing (1993), p. 460