The Hunyadi family (also Hunyady in historical sources) was a Hungarian noble family strongest in the Late Middle Ages. According to the majority of sources they were of Romanian origins. This is claimed by medieval authors, and by many modern historians, however there are also theories about Cuman or Slavic ancestries.
The first recorded member of the family was Serbe (also called Serb, Serban or Sorb), most likely from Wallachia, who settled in Hunyad county in Transylvania. The name Serbe might be of Turkic or Slavic origin because there are researches suggesting Tatar-Cuman or Slavic descendance. His son Vojk (alternatively spelled as Voyk or Vajk in English, Voicu in Romanian, Vajk in Hungarian), adopted the name László and practiced Catholicism (a common practice among Romanian cnezes from Transylvania; from the Angevin Dynasty on, Hungarian nobles were barred from practicing Orthodoxy). Vajk was the second known in the Hunyady family to be a Roman Catholic. He was ennobled in 1409 and received the estate of Hunyad Castle (now Hunedoara in Romania, then Hunyadvár, now Vajdahunyad in Hungarian) which was to become the hereditary seat of the family. Many Hungarian noble families had Vlach (Romanian) ancestry and intermarriage between the two did not even become controversial until after the Ottoman wars.
The royal donation had elevated the Hunyadi family to the top ranks of the lesser (nonbaronial) group of Hungarian nobility. Proprietors of a domain containing 40 villages, they were considered as well-to-do as but ranked far below the great magnates who formed the king’s council and exercised the real power in the country.
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