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The Medynsky Family / Holynski Family (Ukrainian: Мединський / Холинський, German: Medynski / Holynski; Czech: Medynsky / Holynsky, Lithuanian: Medynskiai / Holinskiai, Polish: Medyńsky / Hołyński) is an ancient noble family of Lithuanian origin, with a rich historical legacy in the Kingdom of Galicia–Volhynia (Ukrainian: Галицько-Волинське князівство, Latin: Regnum Galiciae et Lodomeriæ), also known as the Kingdom of Ruthenia (Old East Slavic: Королєвство Русь, Ukrainian: Королівство Русь, Latin: Regnum Russiæ). 

The Medynsky coat of arms has three historical variations, dated to the years 1340, 1611, and 1841 respectively. The family is considered a cadet branch of the House of Gediminid with full rights to coat of arms of Klamry. The Medynsky family's presence can be traced back to the nobility books of the Kingdom of Galicia-Volhynia since 1611. However, earlier records link the family to the Gediminids, with Duke Kaributas (Ruthenian: Dymitr Korybut) as the ancestor. Kaributas, a son of the Grand Duke of Lithuania, Algirdas, was transferred to Volhynia and Podolia after being stripped of the Duchy of Severia. He was granted the governance of cities such as Vinnytsia and Kremenets. Ivan inherited Zbarazh, but it was later passed on to the second son of Korybut, Fedor of Nieśwież. This lineage became the progenitors of princely families like Porycki, Woronecki, Zbarazski, and Wiśniowiecki.​

Coat of Arms  Korybut
Coat of Arms Medinskiai - Holinskiai 1340
Coat of Arms Clamry
Coat of Arms Medynski 1611

The family members  played notable roles in the histories of  Ukraine, Habsburg Empire and the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth. They owned various estates primarily in Ruthenian lands, including the Austrian Empire, Bohemia, and the Crown of the Kingdom of Poland. These estates were located in territories such as Volhynia, Chernihiv, Poltava, Lubny, and Kiev.

Wappenbuch Galizien Adel

During the 17th century, the family's base was the city of Lutsk (Ukrainian: Луцьк, Polish: Łuck, Yiddish: לוצק). While Medynsky estates were primarily located in Volhynia, they expanded to the left-bank Ukraine region around Kyiv, Lubny, Romny, and Priluky in the 1680s. As members of the Ruthenian nobility, the Medynskys were also recognized as Austrian noblemen, holding the title of Knights as per the Register of Ritter und Edelleute of Kaiserin Maria Theresia. In the late 17th century, one of the family lines, through Theodor Medynski, extended its presence to Bohemia. In the 18th century, several family members, including Bruno Medynski, Kazimir Medynski, Theodor Medynski, Basil Medynski, Stefan Medynski, Anton Medynski, and Johann Medynski, became knights of the Holy Roman Empire and later the Austrian Empire. They maintained their presence primarily in Volhynia, but also extended to Kiev and Chernihiv, as recorded in 1782. During the 19th century, family members, such as Michal Medynski in 1821 and Johann Medynski in 1841, held active positions in the campaigns of the Austrian Empire.

Coat of Arms Medynsky 1841

Medynski h. SAS. written from the village Medyn, in the district of Halytsky; one family with the Holynski family, coat of arms Sas. Roman received in 1580 under the Magdeburg law from his village Medyn. Ivan Medynski seu. Holynski, heir of Medin and Cheremcha.

Ivachno and Alexander, sons of Fedko Medynsky, inherited town of Brosniov and Topulsk in 1590. Trofim Medynski-Holynski  inherited part of Medyn and village Babin in 1590.

Stefan of Medyn 1590, as ruthenian bellidux Cheremcha and Halyts.

George and Pavel, sons of Demetro Medynsky polish ruthenian bellidux 1593 joined Hryhorij Loboda in Kiev Voivodeship as colonels of the registered Cossacks.

Mikolaj Medynski in 1608, Pawel and Peter Medynsky 1665 held notable military positions in the Polish Crown army.

Peter Holynski elector 1669 from the Wielun region, Jan-Albrycht Janicki by Theresa Medynsky sword-bearer of Lwów 1680, Jan and Teodor Medynski 1697 were significant members of the Ruthenian Voivodeship (bellidux).

Antoni-Dominik was elected plenipotentiary of polish army in Ruthenian Voivodeship in 1720. Joseph in 1724. MarcinMedynsky acquired: 1729 the village of Tworowice. Stefan Medynsky became the elector 1733 of the Ruthenian Voivodeship.

In 1775 Maciej Medynski became land viceregent of Rawski.

In 1740 Kazimir, Theodor and Michal Medynsky joined the court of Maria Theresa. 

Feliks Medynsky in 1764 became the elector  from Sieradz voivodeship and was nominated colonel of the Crown army (Metr. Kor., Wyr. i Zap. Tryb. Lubel., Don. Vars., Ks. Gr. Piotrk., Czerskie and Rawskie.)

Ignacy Medynsky in 1838 received the rights of the new nobility of the principle officer rank and was written to the books of nobility of Kalisz province.

In 1841 Johann Medynsky held notable military achievements in the Austrian royal force. 

Since 1867 to 1918 the Medynsky Family was recognized in the Austro-Hungarian Empire as Galician Nobility (Galizizcher Adel) with titles of Medyn, Cheremcha, Halyts, Babin, Tworowitz, Zaezd, Priluky and Lutsk. 

Phylyp, Vasyl, Oleksiy, Josef and Michael Medynsky held estates and managed family lands in Priluky in yy 1761-1919, while Johann, Theodor, Basil, Stefan and Anton Medynsky lands in Lutsk and Poltava regions. 

From the period of 1930 the Family direct line was held by Michael Medynsky, military marines commander notable during WWII and Japan campaign, Natalia Medynsky musician, Volodymyr Medynsky artist and sculptor, Oleksandr Medynsky known Ukrainian artist, collector, philanthropist and entrepreneur. 


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