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Discussions about the Imperial Family and European Royalty => Servants, Friends and Retainers => Topic started by: Joanna on October 26, 2016, 10:27:10 AM

Title: Countess Alexandra (Nastenka) Hendrikov
Post by: Joanna on October 26, 2016, 10:27:10 AM
Countess Alexandra Hendrikov’s Apartment on the 3rd Floor of the Winter Palace

http://winterpalaceresearch.blogspot.ca/2016/10/countess-alexandra-hendrikovs-apartment.html

Joanna
Title: Re: Countess Alexandra (Nastenka) Hendrikov
Post by: Joanna on October 27, 2016, 06:10:25 PM
Two people Countess Olga Hendrikoff writes about are Olga Hitrovo and Feodor Oom.

With the variations in spelling, is it possible Hitrovo may also be Khitrovo? Is she possibly related to Margarita Khitrovo?

Feodor Oom was Countess Olga's stepfather. His patronymic name was Feodorovich. Was he the son of Empress Marie's secretary Feodor Oom?

Joanna
Title: Re: Countess Alexandra (Nastenka) Hendrikov
Post by: Превед on November 01, 2016, 07:02:30 AM
With the variations in spelling, is it possible Hitrovo may also be Khitrovo?

Yes, the Cyrillic letter x (pronounced like the ch in Scottish loch and German Bach) in Хитрово is sometimes transliterated h and sometimes kh.

Just like foreign names starting with an h (sound and letter not found in Russian), like Hendrikova used to always be transliterated with a г (Гендрикова, Gendrikova; Гессен, Hessen), but now (new names, not those with old, established spellings) are transliterated with a x (Хиллари Клинтон, Hillary Clinton).

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Is she possibly related to Margarita Khitrovo?
The designer Olga Hitrovo, née Шепелев(ова)-Воронович / Schepeleff-Voronovich, was married to Margarita's brother Vladimir.

See this Russian genealogy site listing all the siblings: http://ru.rodovid.org/wk/%D0%97%D0%B0%D0%BF%D0%B8%D1%81%D1%8C:582567 (http://ru.rodovid.org/wk/%D0%97%D0%B0%D0%BF%D0%B8%D1%81%D1%8C:582567)

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Feodor Oom was Countess Olga's stepfather. His patronymic name was Feodorovich. Was he the son of Empress Marie's secretary Feodor Oom?

That's correct. Son of Fyodor Adolfovich Oom (1826 - 1898), from a Baltic German family, see this thread: http://forum.alexanderpalace.org/index.php?topic=3539.msg75833#msg75833 (http://forum.alexanderpalace.org/index.php?topic=3539.msg75833#msg75833)
Title: Re: Countess Alexandra (Nastenka) Hendrikov
Post by: Превед on November 01, 2016, 07:19:59 AM
The name of the noble family Khitrovo is derived from Russian хитрый, shrewd, crafty, astute, describing a 14th-century Mongolian ancestor from the Golden Horde. Xитрый is supposedly cognate with Greek τεχνικoς, from which modern "technical" is derived.

Family history and coat of arms: https://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D0%A5%D0%B8%D1%82%D1%80%D0%BE%D0%B2%D0%BE_(%D1%80%D0%BE%D0%B4) (https://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D0%A5%D0%B8%D1%82%D1%80%D0%BE%D0%B2%D0%BE_(%D1%80%D0%BE%D0%B4))

The name is pronounced Xitravó, with stress on the last syllable and thus (akanye) the first o pronounced as an a.
Title: Re: Countess Alexandra (Nastenka) Hendrikov
Post by: Joanna on November 01, 2016, 08:38:10 AM
Thank you very much. Amazing detail you have given us Превед.

I will reread the parts with Olga Hitrovo more closely.

It was very sad to read the portions related to Feodor Oom and his health/death.

Joanna