Lew Sapieha, the most prominent member of the family
Jan Fryderyk Sapieha
Sapieha ( ; [saˈpʲjɛxa] Belarusian: Сапега, Sapeha; Lithuanian: Sapiega) is a princely ( magnate) family of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania of Ruthenian origin,   descending from the medieval  boyars of Smolensk or Polack.  The family acquired great influence and wealth in the  Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth during the 16th century.
The first confirmed records of the Sapieha family date back to the 15th century, when Semen Sopiha (
Belarusian: Сямён Сапега) was mentioned as a writer (scribe) of the then King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania, Casimir IV Jagiellon ( Polish: Kazimierz IV Jagiellończyk) for the period of 1441–49. Semen had two sons, Bohdan and Iwan.
Possibly, the family of Semen Sopiha owned the village of
Sopieszyno near Gdansk, which they left because of the Teutonic invasion. Sopieszyno is one of the oldest Pomeranian villages. The records have it that already in the 11th-12th centuries it was a knightly estate . It was then mentioned in 1399 as a village owned in  fiefdom by knights subject to the Polish Crown. Their family could be involved in the Baltic-Volga trade, as many Pomeranian families. It is archeologically evident that the  Western Dvina was part of the trade route from the Varangians to the Arabs. Their family's appearance near Smolensk corresponds to that.
The creator of the fortune and power of the Sapieha family was the Court and Great
Chancellor and Great Hetman of Lithuania, Lew Sapieha.
princely title of the Sapieha-Kodenski branch was recognized in Poland in 1572 and in Austria-Hungary in 1845, while that of the Sapieha-Rozanski line was officially acknowledged in Russia in 1880.
On 14 September 1700,
Michał Franciszek Sapieha had obtained the title of prince from Emperor Leopold I, but the title became extinct upon his death on 19 November 1700. That year, the family lost its dominant position in the Grand Duchy as a result of its defeat in the Lithuanian Civil War. In 1768, members of the Sapieha family obtained recognition of the princely title from the Polish Sejm. After the partitions of Poland, the family appeared in the list of persons authorised to bear the title of Prince of the Kingdom of Poland in 1824. The title was recognised in Austria in 1836 and 1840, and in Russia in 1874 and 1901. In 1905, the family obtained the qualification of Serene Highness in Austria.
The maternal grandmother of
Queen Mathilde of Belgium was a member of the house of Sapieha.
Coat of arms
The Sapieha family used the
Polish coat of arms named " Lis".
Original arms of the Princes Sapieha
Later arms of the Princes Sapieha (1858–1859)
Andrzej Sapieha (1539–1621), Great Royal Deputy Cup-bearer of Lithuania, castellan of Minsk, and Voivode of Polotsk and Smolensk
Lew Sapieha (1557–1633), Court Chancellor and Great Hetman of Lithuania
Paweł Stefan Sapieha (1565–1635), Deputy Chancellor of Lithuania
Jan Piotr Sapieha (1569–1611), Polish royal officer
Mikołaj Sapieha (1581–1644), voivode of Minsk and of Brześć Litewski, castellan of Vilnius
Mikołaj Sapieha (1588–1638), voivode of Minsk and of Nowogródek
Jan Stanisław Sapieha (1589–1635), Court Marshal of Lithuania, Great Lithuanian Marshal
Tomasz Sapieha (1598–1646), voivode of Wenden and of Nowogródek
Fryderyk Sapieha (1599–1650), voivode of Mścisław, podkomorzy of Vitebsk
Kazimierz Lew Sapieha (1607–1656), Marshal of the Crown, son of Lew Sapieha
Paweł Jan Sapieha (1609–1665), voivode of the Witebsk and Vilnius, Great Hetman of Lithuania
Mikołaj Krzysztof Sapieha (1613–1639), voivode of Minsk
Jan Kazimierz Sapieha the Younger, (ca. 1642–1720), Field Hetman
Michał Franciszek Sapieha (1670–1700), General, Koniuszy
Jan Kazimierz Sapieha the Elder (?–1730), Grand Hetman of Lithuania
Jan Fryderyk Sapieha (1680–1751), Grand Recorder of Lithuania
Teresa Sapieha (died c.1784), wife of Hieronim Florian Radziwiłł and Joachim Karol Potocki
Aleksander Michał Sapieha (1730–1793), voivode of Płock, Field Lithuanian Hetman, Grand Lithuanian Chancellor, marshal of the Lithuanian Tribunal
Kazimierz Nestor Sapieha (1757–1798), political activist, general Franciszek Sapieha (1772–1829), general, he participated in the Kosciuszko uprising
Eustachy Kajetan Sapieha (1797–1860), he participated in the
November uprising, politically tied with the " Hôtel Lambert"
Anna Zofia Sapieha (1799–1864), wife of Adam Jerzy Czartoryski
Leon Sapieha (1803–1878), political and economic activist
Władysław Leon Sapieha (1853–1920), landowner, social activist Paweł Sapieha (1860–1934), traveler, first chairman of the
Polish Red Cross
Adam Stefan Sapieha (1867–1951), cardinal, archbishop of Kraków
Eustachy Sapieha (1881–1963), politician, Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs
Leon Aleksander Sapieha (1883–1944), landlord, member of the Sejm, member of Związek Walki Zbrojnej and the Armia Krajowa Józef Sapieha, he participated in the
Polish–Soviet War Aleksander Sapieha (1888–1976), aviator
Adam Zygmunt Sapieha (1892–1970), cavalryman, aviator Andrzej Józef Sapieha (1894–1945), he participated in the Polish–Soviet War, member of the
Armia Krajowa Stanisław Sapieha (1896–1919),
defender of Lwów Paweł Maria Sapieha (1900–1987), he participated in the Polish–Soviet War
Jan Andrzej Sapieha (1910–1989), head of House Sapieha,
he participated in the  Defence War of 1939 Maria Sapieha (1910–2009), social activist
Lew Jerzy Sapieha (1913–1990), poet, writer
Leon Roman Sapieha (1915–1940), pilot of the
Polish Air Forces in Great Britain in World War II Eustachy Seweryn Sapieha (1916–2004), hunter, historian of the Sapieha family
Zofia Maria Sapieha (1919–1997), grandmother of Queen Mathilde of Belgium Karol Władysław Sapieha (1920–1941), pilot of the Polish Air Forces in Great Britain in World War II
Róża Maria Sapieha (1921–1944), member of the Armia Krajowa, she participated in the
Warsaw uprising of 1944 Paola Maria de Bourbon Orléans e Bragança Sapieha (1983), model and product designer, wife of fashion photographer
Prince Constantin Swiatopolk-Czetwertyński  Arabella Theresa Sapieha (1960), Princess Sapieha-Rozanski
Jan Pavel Sapieha-Rozanski (1935) head of House Sapieha, , sometime Belgian ambassador to Brazil  
Labarre de Raillicourt, Dominique.,
Histoire des Sapieha (1440-1970), Paris, 1970 Sapieha E., Dom Sapieżyński, Warszawa 1995. Numery /112 przy nazwiskach oznaczają numery biogramów w/w pozycji.
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