Kniazev family

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The Kniazev or Knyazev Russian Cyrillic: Князевы) family was a Russian noble family of German descent.

Professor of philology Boris Genrikhovich Unbegaun (1898-1973), believed that the surname Knyazev in the Russian Empire was of German origin. The surnames of foreign specialists were translated fully or partially into Russian: Knyazev is the first part of the surname Fürstenberg (German fürst - Russian count, prince, German berg - Russian mountain).

During the diplomatic mission "The Grand Embassy" (1697-1698), Peter I recruited and invited hundreds of Italian, Dutch and especially German specialists in shipbuilding and military engineering for high salaries and lower nobility titles.


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