The house of Attems was a noble aristocratic family in the former county of Friuli. Their family lineage started to form in the second half of the 12th century at the Fortress of Attems Attimis in Cividale (Konrad of Attems first mentioned in 1102 followed by Arbo Attems (2.2.1170) and Henricus Attems (6.2.1170)).
The family had a seat and voice in the Estates of Friuli at the time. After the conquest of Friuli by the Venetian Republic a part of the family remained in Attimis while Friedrich Attems (1447–1521) moved to Gorizia, and in 1473 became the chancellor to the last Count of Gorizia. He was confirmed as such in 1500 by Emperor Maximilian I and in 1506 became the regent Count of Lower Austria. Since then they played an important role at the house of Habsburg and in 1630 were given the title of Counts of the Holy Roman Empire. In the Baroque period Attems was the richest and most influential noble family in Styria.
Notable individuals from the Attems family include the following:
- Anton Attems (1834–1891), an Austrian baron and politician
- Carl von Attems-Petzenstein (1868–1952), Austrian zoologist
- Ermest Amadeus Thomas Attems (1694–1757), bishop of Ljubljana
- Ferdinand von Attems (1746–1820), Count Governor of Styria, Baron of Sveti Križ (Heiligenkreuz/Santa Croce)
- Henry Attems (1834–1909), Austrian pomologists
- Ignatius Maria Attems (1774–1861), Governor of Styria, Baron of Sveti Križ
- Johannes Attems (*1947), Austrian banker
- Joseph Oswald von Attems (1679–1744), Bishop of Lavant
- Karl Michael von Attems (1707–1774), Archbishop of Gorizia
- Maria Viktoria von Attems (1899–1983), Austrian painter, draftsman, illustrator and designer
- Ottokar Maria von Attems (1815–1867), Bishop of Seckau
- Sigmund von Attems (1708–1758), Austrian historian
- Sophie Countess Attems-Heiligenkreuz (1862–1937), Austrian writer
- Sule Attems (born 1960), born in Istanbul, a visual artist, lives in Vienna and Schoenberg at Kamp
The Attems family lineage can be found in several books:
- Annuaro della Nobilità Italiana
- The Austrian State Archives
- Deutsches Adelslexikon
- Genealogisches Handbuch des Adels GHdA
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