This article is about the family. For other uses, see Racoviţa.

The Racoviţă (anglicized Racovitza) was a family of Moldavian and Wallachian boyars which gave the Danubian Principalities several hospodars, becoming influential within the Ottoman Empire and the Phanariote kinship network. Their ancestors became boyars under Alexandru Lăpușneanu (r. 1552–61; 1564–68).[1] A member of the family was mentioned in a chrysobull dated 7 October 1487.[2] The name is Slavic (Rakovica, meaning "crab").[3] The family was partially Hellenized. One of its branches remained present inside Romania. By the 17th century, the family was one of the leading families in the region. It later managed to penetrate into the Phanariote nucleus in Constantinople, which facilitated and increased their chances to occupy the thrones in their native country, and later to successfully maintain their positions. It remained influential in the Kingdom of Romania.

Notable members


  1. Rumanian Review. Europolis. 2004. p. 98.
  2. Magazin istoric. 23. 1989. p. 10.
  3. Georgeta Raţă (14 December 2009). Language Education Today: Between Theory and Practice. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. pp. 43–44. ISBN 978-1-4438-1797-4.


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