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Zamoyski family coat of arms: Jelita.
Possessions of Zamoyski family are marked in dark red

Zamoyski, plural: Zamoyscy is the surname of a an important Polish nobility (szlachta) family of Jelita coat of arms. The name is sometimes spelled Zamojski. It is the Polish for "de Zamość" - the name they originally wore as lords of the place. The family was influential in Polish politics for several centuries, and its members held various official titles, including those of Count and Countess.

Family's history

The family traces its origins to the Łaźiński family. In 15th century Tomasz Lazninski bought an estate in Stary (Old) Zamość. His sons Florian (died 1510) and Maciej assumed the name Zamoyski. The family begun to raise in prominence. Florian’s grandson Stanisław was the castellan of Chełm, and his son, Jan Zamoyski, arguably the most famous member of the family, became a chancellor, hetman, and founded the Zamoyski's Ordynat - a large state that was a major source of family's wealth. He was the 1st Ordynat of the Zamoyski family. His son, Tomasz Zamoyski, the 2nd Ordynat, was also a chancellor in Poland. Many of their descendants hold important positions within the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, often that of a voivode.

In 18th century, the 10th Ordynat, Andrzej Zamoyski, became the third chancellor of Poland in family's history. He was one of the authors of a plan for general reform of the nation, known as Zamoyski Code. The family received the title of count from the Holy Roman Emperor in the late 18th century. Brothers Andrzej Artur Zamoyski and Władysław Stanisław Zamoyski, supported Polish movements aimed at regaining independence during the partitions period; Władysław was exiled after participating in the November Uprising, and Andrzej, in the aftermath of the January Uprising.

Andrzej's grandson, Maurycy Zamoyski, was a Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Second Polish Republic for seven months in 1924.

Notable members

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