Coat of Arms
Parent houseNemanjić dynasty (maternally)
CountryFlag of the Serbian Empire, reconstruction.svg Serbian Empire
Flag of Serbia 1281.svg Serbian Despotate
Flag of Vladislaus II of Hungary.svg Kingdom of Hungary
Foundedbefore 1323 (1323)
FounderBranko Mladenović (noble family), Vuk Branković (royal family)
Final rulerJovan Branković
TitlesDespot of Serbia (1427–1502; royal)

Grand Prince of Rascia

Prince of Albania

Prince of Zeta and the Zetan Maritime

Lord of the Serbs and Pomorije and Podunavije
"Royal Highness"
"Serene Highness"

The Branković (Serbian Cyrillic: Бранковић, pl. Brankovići / Бранковићи, pronounced [brǎːnkɔv̞itɕ]) is a Serbian medieval noble family and dynasty. According to genealogies created in the first half of the 15th century, the family descend via female line through marriage from the Nemanjić dynasty. The family rose to prominence during the fall of the Serbian Empire. The original family domains were centred on Kosovo. Later family members extended their rule over all remaining unconquered regions of Serbia making them the last sovereign rulers of medieval Serbian state. The dynasty ruled the Serbian Despotate from 1427 to 1459, and their descendants continue to claim the throne of the Despotate Serbia, some having entered the ranks of the Hungarian aristocracy, while other descendants of the dynasty continue to go by a courtesy title.

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

Some of the family members were:

Family tree



        • 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, titular Despot of Serbia (Rascia), later took monastic vows under the name Maksim and became Metropolitan of Belgrade and Srem, died in 1516.
        • Jelisaveta, married Alessio Span, Lord of Drivasto and Polog
        • 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


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External links

  • House of Brankovic, Marko Pistalo, No 3205, 2013.
  • Holy line of the Brankovics by Željko Fajfrić