Vučetić nobility from Brinje and Senj
Vučetić family name in historical documents can be found in several different variants: Vuchetich, Vuczetich, Wutschetisch as well as Vučetić. It’s linguistic root is Croatian word for wolf (vuk). Scholars claim that the surname had actually been derived from the first name Vučeta, whose offspring were named Vučetići.
According to the research published by Enver Ljubović, the first written mention of that surname is found in the last will of a certain bosnian nobleman Pribislav Vuchetich from 1475.
Head of Bosnian army
It is believed that Pribislav was the head of mediaeval Bosnian army that fought many wars against Ottoman army. After Ottoman army conquered great portions of today’s Bosnia, Vuchetich nobility moved towards the West and settled in the Brinje-Senj area.
There are currently more than one branch of Vučetić family in existence. Not all of them were part of a noble “de Brin” and “de Cseney” extension. Other branches can be found on Croatian islands Hvar and Vir. They are all Roman Catholics. However, Vučetić branch in Kordun area are of Orthodox faith, and it’s origin can be traced back to Montenegro. There is reportedly written account about Montenegrin Vučetić family in Morača monastery near Podgorica.
Migrations to Romania and overseas
At the begining of 19th century, several members of noble Vučetić clan migrated to Romania, and settled west of the city of Temišvar. They are known as Hungarian nobility Vučetić “de Brin & de Cseney”.
In the family report written by Šandor Vučetić in 1873, it can be found an interesting piece of information about further migrations of Vučetić family members. The record tells that six persons from that family emigrated to Detroit, USA, and three persons to Chicago. Total number of emigrants to overseas countries were 29. Today, members of Vučetić family live in the US, Germany, Australia, Argentina and Canada.
Source: Enver Ljubović, Brinjska i senjska plemenita obitelj Vučetić-Vuchetich, Senjski zbornik, 32, pp. 77-94, 2005
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Alsa a famaly branch lives in CHILE.
We came from the Hungarian Timisioara family
Can you add it ath the of fours migration secction?
We can send documents if proof is needed
We conserve our full last name Vuchetich de Cheney,
(Due to lingustic pronunciations reasons the CS from Cseney was replaced by spanish CH in Cheney)
A lot of Vuchetichs in Park falls, Wisconsin!
My husband is Vucetic and was born in Brinje we live in Sydney Autralia. Would love to hear from any other Vucetic family that originated from Brine.
We are Vuchetich (Vucetic) family in Chile.
Our ancestors moved in 1820 from brinje to Cseney (before hungarian now Romanian)
My grand father came to Chile in 1930 from Cseney when tohe territories where still Hungarians.
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In Croatian Esteba is Stipe.
I hope you can contac us.
Regards and lovo to all of you
Are there any records of the Vucetic family tree?
My grandmother was a Serbian Vuchetich from Ogulin. Her family moved to Bedford, Indiana in the early 1900’s, and then to East Chicago.
Interesting article.My name is Karen Vukovic’.I am trying to piece together my family history.My grandfather Djuro Vukovic’ (von Vukovic’ Podkapelski)was born in Brinje.He died May years ago but this is what I understand of my history.
His family also say they were from Slavonski Brod. The Kapela is connected to the bell in Slavonski Brod.He said that he was related to the Admiral Janko Vukovic Podkapelski.The name was apparently von Vukovic’Podkapelski.We have a family crest,and I inherited them.
Does anyone have any more information that I could use to connect the dots.
My grandfather, Frank B Vukelic, immigrated to Illinois, US. Would his name be a an off shoot of the band in the article? I was told his name meant wolf. Thanks.
My great great grandmother was a Vuchetich- they are an established family in Ashburton, New Zealand. I understand that the first New Zealand Vuchetich (Jessie I think) jumped ship in Lytellton Harbour in the late 1800’s. I will check the family history and try to post here.