Gryfici (Świebodzice)

Gryf coat of arms
Janik, Archbishop of Gniezno, 12th century

Medieval Polish knightly family.

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House of Griffin

Dynasty ruling the Duchy of Pomerania from the 12th century until 1637.

Statue of King Eric at Darłowo Castle in Poland

Medieval Polish chronicler Jan Długosz connected them with Polish noble family of Świebodzice from the south province of Poland named the Lesser Poland, who also used a griffin as their coat-of-arms and who in turn might also have been a cadet branch of the Piasts.

Bolesław V the Chaste

Duke of Sandomierz in Lesser Poland from 1232 and High Duke of Poland from 1243 until his death, as the last male representative of the Lesser Polish branch of Piasts.

Bolesław's effigy on a seal
A copy of Bolesław's tombstone at the Little Market Square in Kraków.

The nobility, especially the Gryfici family, preferred the rule of Władysław III Spindleshanks, but at that point he was in the midst of fighting with his nephew Władysław Odonic and was unable to claim his rights.

Gryf coat of arms

The Gryf coat of arms on the left side next to the Leliwa coat of arms, on the painting Epitafium Wierzbięty z Branic, 1425
Counts Dębicki
Counts Konarski
Barons Bobowski
Bałła (odm. Gryf)
Rosen, a variation of Gryf according to Przemysław Pragert<ref>Przemysław Pragert: Herbarz rodzin kaszubskich. T. 2. BiT, 2007, s. 83, 245. {{ISBN|978-83-924425-9-2}}.</ref>
Jadunka, a variation of Gryf according to Przemysław Pragert<ref>Przemysław Pragert: Herbarz rodzin kaszubskich. T. 2. BiT, 2007, s. 83, 245. {{ISBN|978-83-924425-9-2}}.</ref>
Białoskrzydł coat of arms
The Gryf brotherhood and knights led by Zygmunt z Bobowej participated at the Battle of Grunwald.

Gryf (Polish for "Griffin"), also known as Jaxa, is a Polish coat of arms that was used by many noble families in medieval Poland and later under the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth, branches of the original medieval Gryfita-Świebodzic family as well as families connected with the Clan by adoption at ennoblement or even by error.

Jaksa Gryfita

Gryf coat of arms

Jaksa Gryfita, Jaksa z Miechowa or Jaxa Gryfita (1120–1176) of the Gryfici family was a medieval możnowładca (magnate) in Lesser Poland, crusader and fundator of the Monastery of the Holy Sepulchre in Miechów, son-in-law of Piotr Włostowic.

Branicki (Gryf)

Polish szlachta (nobility) family.

Gryf coat of arms of the Branicki family
Jan Klemens Branicki
Seal of Białystok used by Izabela Branicka after the death of Jan Klemens Branicki with the initials IB and the Griffin (beginning of the 18th century).
Coat of arms of Choroszcz with the Griffin and Ciołek of Izabela Branicka née Poniatowska
Former coat of arms of Choroszcz with the initials KB (Jan Klemens Branicki) and the Griffin
Renaissance manor house in Branice
Manor house in Choroszcz
Palace in Białystok
Branicki Palace in Białystok (1752)
Branicki Palace in Warsaw
Tykocin Castle
The "Hetman" tenement house in Kraków (with the Gryf arms on the top)
Ruins of the Kamieniec Castle near Korczyna

The Branicki family, also called the "Griffin Clan" (Gryfici), was a magnate family, originating from Branice and Ruszcza in the Kraków Voivodeship.


Gryf coat of arms of the Mielecki family

Mielecki (plural: Mieleccy, feminine form: Mielecka) was a family of knights, a branch of the Gryffin Clan.

Klement of Ruszcza

Polish nobleman and Voivode of Kraków in 1241 and from 1243 to 1252.

Klement was born to Sulisław from the Gryfici (Świebodzice) noble family in the House of Griffins.

Leszek the White

Prince of Sandomierz and High Duke of Poland in the years 1194–1198, 1199, 1206–1210, and 1211–1227.

Seal of Leszek Biały (Leszek I, "the White"), Front side.
Seal of Leszek Biały (Leszek I, "the White"), Back side.
The Death of Leszek the White by Jan Matejko (1880)
Statue of Leszek in Marcinkowo Górne at the site of his assassination
Leszek as imagined by Jan Matejko

Mieszko Tanglefoot was not present in Borzykowa; with the help of the Lesser Poland family of Gryfici, he went with his army to Kraków, where the confusion among the citizens as to who was actually in charge enabled him to take the capital without a fight.

Casimir I of Opole

Silesian duke of Opole and Racibórz from 1211 until his death.

Seal of Casimir I, 1226
1173 Silesia with the subdivisions of Opole and Racibòrz
Upper Silesian Duchy of Opole-Racibórz (in yellow), 1217-1230

After this year, the help of emigrants, like Klement of Brzeźnica (member of the Gryficis)-who took on part of the costs of building the city walls of Opole-proved to be good for Casimir I. The alliance with Henry I the Bearded also gave the Duke of Opole-Racibórz territorial benefits: in 1227 as a result of the confusion reigning in Poland following the death of High Duke Leszek I the White, Casimir I annexed the frontier fortress of Czeladź.

Duchy of Kopanica

Slavonic principality in Central Europe in present-day central and eastern Brandenburg.

Coat of arms of the Polish branch of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre (Canons Regular of the Holy Sepulchre) established 1163 by Iakša de Kopnik in Kingdom of Poland
A bracteate of Jacza de Copnic. The Patriarchal cross held by the figure suggests a Christian ruler.
Tympanon of Iakša and his wife Agata (Agapia), Ołbin (Wrocław); around 1145
Replica of the Eberswalde Hoard (containing a ducal cape) from Finów, next to Polish border, around 600 BCE; Neues Museum, Kopnik (Berlin)
The Duchy of Kopanica and the Kingdom of Poland in the early 12th century

Its only ruler known by name was Iakša de Kopnik (1120-1176) of the Gryfici (Świebodzice) noble clan, a knight of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre.