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House of Branković
Coat of Arms
Country Serbia
Parent house House of Nemanjić
Titles Prince (Кнез/Knez), Emperor/Tsar (Цар/Car), Despot (Деспот/Despot)
Founder Branko Mladenović, Vuk Branković
Final ruler Jovan Branković
Current head extinct
Founding year 1427
Dissolution 1502
Ethnicity Serbian
Cadet branches none

House of Branković or Brankovići was a noble Serbian medieval dynasty. The family claimed descent via female line through marriage from the Royal House of Nemanjić. The families rise to prominence during the time of disintegration of Serbian Empire under the last ruler of House of Nemanjić. The original family domains were centred around Kosovo region, one of the heartlands of medieval Serbian state. Later members of the house extended their rule over all remaining independent regions of Serbia making them the last souvenir rulers of medieval Serbian state. The dynasty ruling over Despotate of Serbia from 1427 to 1459.

Members of this house intermarried with other noble houses from neighbouring countries including Austrian and Hungarian nobility, and providing at least one wife to Ottoman Sultan.

The surname Branković survives today in Serbia, and bares of this surname can still claim some relation to the noble house with a certain degree of certainty. Especially those living in regions of northern Kosovo.

Some of the family members were:


Family Tree



  • Unknown
  • Ratislava, married Altoman Vojinović


  • Todor
  • Grgur, married Jelisaveta N
  • Vuk Grgurević, a Hungarian general, married Varvara Frangepan (illegitimate)
  • Stefan III "the Blind", Despot of Rascia (20 June 1458 - 8 April 1459), exiled from Serbia 1459, a saint of the Serbian church, married Angelina Araniti
  • Đorđe, Hungarian Despot of Rascia (Raitzen), Archbishop of Belgrade
  • Jelisaveta, married Alessio Span, Lord of Drivasto and Polog
  • Jovan, Despot of Rascia, married Jelena Jaksić
  • Marija, married Ferdinand Frangepan
  • Jelena, married Peter IV Rares, Lord of Siebenbuergen and the Moldau
  • Hanna
  • Maria Magdalena
  • Lazar II, Despot of Rascia 24 December 1456 - 20 June 1458), married Jelena Palaiologina
  • Grgur
  • Lazar
  • Grgur
  • Nikola, married Jelena Mrnjavčević
  • Teodora, married Gjergj Thopia, Prince of Durazzo

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