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CIOCÂRLIE: A Family of Moldovian Boyars

Author(s): Lucian-Valeriu Lefter
Subject(s): History
Published by: Institutul de Istorie Nicolae Iorga

Summary/Abstract: Descending from old boyars living in Moldavia from the first half of the fifteenth century, the Ciocârlie family is attested under this name during the reign of Stephen the Great. Some members of this family were Stephen’s advisers, and Ivan Ciocârlie fought and died in the great battle against the Ottomans at Vaslui, in 1475. The descendants of Ivan Ciocârlie and Nicoară, his brother, could be traced throughout the following centuries. They were lesser boyars, many of them literate. During the second half of the seventeenth century and in the first half of the eighteenth century, many of Ciocârlie boyars wrote and signed several documents. In the same period, the family progressively lost its status. The present paper reconstructs the genealogy and the evolution of this boyar family, whose name is that of a bird, Ciocârlie (Lark), revealing its ancient roots.

  • Issue Year: 2011
  • Issue No: XXIX
  • Page Range: 91-110
  • Page Count: 20
  • Language: Romanian