According to the tradition of our family branch, Modestia Victrix is ​​the family's motto, which translated from Latin means humility in victory / success. 

The family, originated according to it´s own tradition from Russia and later from the villige of Stavenow in Germany on the border between Brandenburg and Mecklenburg. However, no Stavenow has lived there since 1349. Why did that happen? That, and countless follow-up questions have now occupied us for over 20 years.

This is an ongoing research project since 1988 and the texts are constantly evolving. The first 20 years have mostly been about collecting historical source information in the form of land books, church books, etc. It is really only in recent years that we have begun to seriously analyze the very extensive source material and begin to place it in context with contemporary phenomena. For example, we are beginning to investigate which interesting historical persons and relatives in addition to our own relatives appear in history. Therefore, the texts are processed continuously.

One goal is to compile the results of the research in book form. The path to the completion of all chapters of the book/s,  you can follow on this website.

Sometimes you will see bold words in the texts, these are due to different connections between people in the material that we especially need to remember. Most often, these names or places appear in different places in the material or have some other significance for the family's history.

The oldest named Stavenow to date is Sigfrid, who is mentioned in a legend from Lenzen in Prignitz. Different branches of the family and different family members have carried with them slightly different traditions about the family's background. None of these traditions contradict each other, or the source material, but complement the image that emerges from the source material. The website is built with love and aims for everyone in our family to have access to historical information about the family. As new knowledge is added and new source material is found, we thus adjust texts, analyze and supplement the information that has been collected and has previously only been lined up in a chronology.

We start mostly from our own family branch, something we have taken the liberty to do but have now also started to include several other family branches that are interesting historically and that are needed to put our own family branch's history in its context. We are very grateful for all the basic research work in the archives that the following competent and professional historians have assisted us with. Without your help, we could not tell this story. Special thanks to: Baron Christoffer v. Warnstedt, Mr. Karl Heinz Steinbruch M.A. Mr. Heiko Klatt, Mr. Christian Andreas Hoske. There are many others who have contributed information to the project and we would like to thank you in a special order. Including all the wonderful relatives who have contributed interesting stories and pictures. Not least, we thank all the accommodating archivists in various German and Swedish archives who assisted with copying the transmission of source material. We hope you find the content interesting! Anders Stavenow and Christoffer Stavenow.

Updated 2021-06-16

Research is still ongoing and both new historical sources and connections between people are often discovered.

Best regards!

Christoffer and Anders Stavenow

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Family crests

from the Middle Ages onwards

Stavenow I - Woldenberg I, II och III

Russia to Prignitz

Migration Era - Middel Ages

Brandenburg 1252

From Stavenow in Prignitz and Neumark

to Silesia, Beelitz, Altmark Sachsen, Niederbarnim, Wriezen Oberbarnim, Pritzwalk, Havelberg, Stralsund, Mecklenburg, Rostock, Lübeck and Östpreussen

Woldenberg I, II and III

Gerhard I - Heinrich I - Henning I - Clauss I (Stavenow) - Clauss II (Steinbeck u. Doberkow) -

Friedrich I - Friedrich II (Woldenberg Linie II) - Andreas I (Woldenberg III)

Darsband I Pommern

Rügen 1307-1625


Pommern - Mecklenburg after 1625.


Prignitz to Altmark - Beuster, Seehausen

Stavenow I Altmark

Stavenow I - Woldenberg I 

Woldenberg I

From Stavenow to Woldenberg

Older Branch

Rostock 1597-1689

From Lenzen, Brandenburg to

Rostock Mecklenburg

1597 Joachim and 1604 Hans

Stralsund 1604

From Wriezen to

Brandenburg - Stralsund - Havelberg - back to Wriezen


Brandenburg - Havelberg

Stavenow I / Woldenberg I

Woldenberg II 

Woldenberg II

From Stavenow to Woldenberg

Younger Branch


From Wriezen to

Börnicke - Christindorf - Berlin - New-York

Schleswig Holstein 1790

From Wriezen to

Quitzöbel, Schleswig Holstein, Hamburg, Hungary and Croatia

Woldenberg II

Woldenberg III 


Woldenberg III - Elder Branch

Perleberg - Rostock 1616 - Havelberg - Brunn - Berlin

Andreas I - Peter V - Peter VIJürgen, Georg- 

 Georg, in Berlin.

Picture: First used by Andreas I, his crest derived from Woldenberg II above. 


Lübeck I 

Younger Branch

Lübeck I - Perleberg - Lübeck

 Andreas I - Anderas II - Hans to uncle Peter V in Perleberg 1605-1618) back to Lübeck

1622-1763 Wriezen-Rostock

A younger Branch 

Perleberg - Wriezen - Rostock

 Andreas I - Peter V - Christoffer I,

- Georg III (f. 1622), - Jacobus - Lorentz (f. 1680) - Lorenz Hinrich (g. 1729) - Lorenz Hinrich (g 1746) - Lorentz Andreas Jacob and Christian Daniel Carl (g 1763) 

Picture: Woldenberg III - Andreas I crest was inherited for many generations, in more Bransches.  This version from Rostock 1689, which shows that even younger branches of the family inherited this crest. 


Brandenburg - Mecklenburg

Vår yngre gren ur Woldenberg III

Perleberg - Klein-Lüben - Fürstenberg - Reuss - Malchin -Lübeck IV - Sverige 

Andreas I - Peter V - Christoffer I - Peter VIII - Hieronymus I (New Crest) - Johan Friedrich - Christian Nicolaus - Ernst Gottlieb - Ludvig Herinrich

Picture: Hieronymus Stavenows wax seal. This Crest was probably created by the Father, named Peter, since he had an older brother, also named Peter. In order to not get mixed up, for example when signing contracts, he may have made this change.

The crest is very similar to the other ones, except, instead of flames and arrowheads, now we have three wheats and a crown. It may also be the result of an elevation by the monarch. 

Lübeck II 

Andreas I - Peter VNicolaus VIII

Lübeck III 


Andreas I - Peter V - Christoffer I - Nicolaus VIIII - Johann Nicolaus Johann Christopher, Caspar Friedrich m.fl.

Stralsund 1660

From Wriezen to

Perleberg - Stralsund

Andreas I - Peter V - Christoffer I - Joachim III and Peter VIII - etc

Ostpreussen 1676

From Wriezen to


Andreas I - Peter V - Peter VI - Georg III.

Sverige I 1696-1706

From Wriezen to

Lübeck III

Andreas I - Peter V - Christoffer I - Nicolaus VIIII - Johan Christopher Stavenow


 Lübeck - Oldenburg IV 1774-1851

Fürstenberg - Malchin - Lübeck - Sverige

    Christian Nicolaus - Ernst Gottlieb - Daniel Sweden II, Ludvig Heinrich (Sweden III)


Sverige II 1849

Lübeck - Sverige 

Daniel Stavenows family


Sverige III 1851

Vår yngre gren fortsättning Lübeck - Sverige 

Ludvig Heinrich Stavenows family 

Brandenburg, Preussen och Schleswig - ännu ej inordnade


From Beelitz to

Oberbarnim to Sandau, Pritzwalk, Havelberg and Brandenburg a Havel.

Mixed - Stavenow I, Woldenberg I, Woldenberg III.