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Discussions about the Imperial Family and European Royalty => The Imperial Family => Topic started by: Prince_Christopher on October 25, 2008, 06:46:12 PM

Title: Godchildren of OTMA
Post by: Prince_Christopher on October 25, 2008, 06:46:12 PM
I put this in Olga's thread because she is the oldest.

I was wondering if any of the sisters were ever godparents and to whom.
Title: Re: Godchildren of OTMA
Post by: amartin71718 on October 25, 2008, 06:51:05 PM
I'm pretty sure Olga was Alexei's godmother.
Title: Re: Godchildren of OTMA
Post by: nena on October 25, 2008, 08:53:48 PM
I have heard same thing, also. I think there is thread in Imperial Family section about OTMAA godparents.  :)
See here:
http://forum.alexanderpalace.org/index.php?topic=7151.msg190694#msg190694
Title: Re: Godchildren of OTMA
Post by: historyfan on October 25, 2008, 09:08:38 PM
It looks as though one of Alexei's godmothers (Lord, I didn't know they had so *many*!) was Olga Alexandrovna, his aunt, not Olga Nicholaievna, his sister.
Title: Re: Godchildren of OTMA
Post by: amartin71718 on October 25, 2008, 10:08:55 PM
I'm pretty sure it was Olga N. I could be wrong though.
Title: Re: Godchildren of OTMA
Post by: nena on October 26, 2008, 06:33:46 AM
On thread I posted, his godmother was her sister Olga.
Title: Re: Godchildren of OTMA
Post by: Olishka Romanova on October 26, 2008, 06:21:43 PM
Olga N. was one of Alexei's godmothers, according to The Life and Tragedy of Alexandra Feodorovna by Sophie Buxhoevden.  An excerpt from the book reads:

"His four small sisters, in short Court dresses, gazed open-eyed at the ceremony, Olga Nicholaevna, then nine years old, being in the important position of one of the godmothers."

Alexei had other godparents as well, but evidently Olga was one of them.  I have never heard of Tatiana, Maria or Anastasia having any godchildren, though.  But I think that it is definitely possible.  Anyone else have more information? 
Title: Re: Godchildren of OTMA
Post by: historyfan on October 26, 2008, 07:55:55 PM
Oh wow!  I didn't know.  I just learned something new.  lol
Title: Re: Godchildren of OTMA
Post by: Ally Kumari on October 27, 2008, 03:56:57 AM
Tatiana was a godmother to Anna Vyrubova´s niece, who was also named after her.
Maria and Anastasia were both present at the christening of Titi, son of Lili Dehn, but weren´t the gormothers though...
Title: Re: Godchildren of OTMA
Post by: nena on October 27, 2008, 04:04:36 AM
Thak you very much!

I wonder what about Prince Vasilii (about his godmother, can it be posible they were one of OTMA sisters), son of Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna?
Title: Re: Godchildren of OTMA
Post by: amartin71718 on October 27, 2008, 03:53:58 PM
Tatiana was a godmother to Anna Vyrubova´s niece, who was also named after her.
Maria and Anastasia were both present at the christening of Titi, son of Lili Dehn, but weren´t the gormothers though...
Wasn't AF one of Titi's godparents? I think she was.
Title: Re: Godchildren of OTMA
Post by: Ally Kumari on October 27, 2008, 04:16:16 PM
Yes, you´re right. Titi was originall christened according to protestant (?) fashion, but Alexandra demaded him to be christened in Orthodox fashion, and she became his godmother.
Title: Re: Godchildren of OTMA
Post by: José on November 08, 2008, 10:51:09 AM
I noticed that Minnie was god-mother to all of Nicky's children.
Is that a russian tradition that a grand-mother will also be a god-mother ?
Or does it just apply to the Tsar's children

Was she also the god-mother of her other grand-children born from her other children Michael (doubt it), Olga and Xenia ?
Title: Re: Godchildren of OTMA
Post by: Ally Kumari on November 08, 2008, 11:39:43 AM
I think it was common, that if something was to happen to the parents, the children were intrusted to the godparents. so maybe Maria Fyodorovna was a god.mother to all nicky´s children because of posibility of any mishap to Imperial couple.
Title: Re: Godchildren of OTMA
Post by: rgt9w on November 09, 2008, 08:14:25 AM
In the recently published 1913 diary of Grand Duchess Olga Nicholaevna there is an entry on page 96 for the date July 24:

"Anastasia and I rode bikes to Derevenko's  house, where we played with his son and my Godson Yevegeny (Varvara's son). They are so sweet."

Does anyone know who Varvara may be?
Title: Re: Godchildren of OTMA
Post by: Prince_Christopher on November 16, 2008, 08:03:25 AM
Tatiana was a godmother to Anna Vyrubova´s niece, who was also named after her.

This child would have been Tatiana von Pistohlkers, daughter of Erik von Pistohlkers and Alexandra Taneyevna (and granddaugher of Princess Olga Paley).
Title: Re: Godchildren of OTMA
Post by: Prince_Christopher on November 16, 2008, 08:39:14 AM
I should have said that Tatiana was the daughter of Alexander von Pistohlkers rather than Erik.  Erik was Alexander's father.