Razumovsky or Rozumovsky (Russian: Разумовский, Ukrainian: Розумовський, German: Razumofsky) is an Imperial Russian surname of Zaporozhian Cossack origin from Siveria. The main family line became extinct in the 19th century, while its Austrian branch exists to this day. The Austrian branch was started by Grigory Razumovsky, who was forced to relocate to the Austrian Empire in 1816.

Coat of arms of the Razumovsky family (1914)


The family traces its origin to a khutir called Lemeshi (today a village in Chernihiv Raion, Chernihiv Oblast).

Yakiv Rozum and his son Hryhoriy were registered Cossacks of the Kiev Regiment.[1] Hryhoriy's son, Oleksiy (Alexei), was the first to use the name Rozumovsky.[1]

Ivan Yakovlevich Rozum was raised to the rank of Count of the Holy Roman Empire by Emperor Charles VII, but died without children. His brother, Grigoriy Yakovlevich Rozum, had two children — Kirill and Alexey. After Alexey became a favorite of the Russian Empress Elizabeth of Russia, the family name was changed to Razumovsky for all Rozums. Notable representatives of the family include:

  • Grigory Kirillovich Razumovsky (1759–1837) - the fifth son of Kirill, known from his writings in the West as Gregor or Grégoire, he was a geologist, botanist and zoologist, as well as prominent political dissenter with Imperial Russia, who lost his Russian allegiance in 1811 and was subsequently incorporated into the Bohemian nobility and accorded the rank of Count in the Austrian Empire. Gregor was the first to describe and classify the Lissotrion helveticus. His branch of the family survives to this day.
  • Leon (Lev) Grigorievich Razumovsky (1816–1868), grandson of Kirill, envoy of Saxe-Coburg to the court of Napoleon III. Father of Camillo Lvovich Razumovsky.
  • Camillo Lvovich Razumovsky (1853–1917), philanthropist in Czech Silesia; built numerous churches, schools and hospitals around Opava (today Czech Republic) and in Western Ukraine; caused a commotion by flouting the social conventions of the 19th century Vienna when he married a woman of the Jewish faith.
  • Andreas Andreievich Razumovsky (1929–2002), grandson of the latter, well-known political analyst and media figure in Germany and Austria; expelled from Czechoslovakia, where he had been posted as a correspondent for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, in 1967 for warning of an imminent invasion by Warsaw Pact troops; analysed and published a book in 1981 on the forces leading to the dismembering of Yugoslavia.
  • Dorothea Razumovsky (*1935-2014), née Prinzessin zu Solms-Hohensolms-Lich, well-known media-figure and political analyst, widely criticised for adopting a stance during conflicts arising from the dismemberment of Yugoslavia that was interpreted as being too pro-Serb.
  • Katharina Razumovsky (*1961), daughter of the aforementioned, artist living in Vienna, Austria and Moscow, Russia.
  • Gregor (Grigoriy) Razumovsky (*1965), son of the aforementioned, President of the Razumovsky Society for Art and Culture, which supports artistic exchange and co-operation between East and West; also the honorary president of the European Institute for the Furtherance of Democracy, an Austrian-based think-tank.

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  • Maria Razumovsky. Die Rasumovskys: eine Familie am Zarenhof. Köln 1998. — 300 S.
  • Разумовская М. А. Разумовские при царском дворе: Главы из российской истории, 1740-1815 гг. СПб., 2004. — 272 с.
  • Розанов С. С. Родственные связи семейства Разумовских: Книга 1: Род и потомство К.Г. Разумовского. Родословная роспись: Справочное генеалогическое издание. — М.: Ирисъ, 2007. — 120 с.

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