Birth Name: Nicholas Dimitri K. Galitzine
Place of Birth: Westminster, London, England, U.K.
Date of Birth: 29 September, 1994
*father – English
*mother – Greek, possibly other
Nicholas Galitzine is a British actor. He has starred in the films High Strung, Handsome Devil, Share (2019), The Craft: Legacy, Cinderella (2021), Purple Hearts, Red, White & Royal Blue; and Bottoms; on the show Chambers, and in the made-for-tv movie The Watcher in the Woods (2017).
His father, Geoffrey Leo Alexander Galitzine (born Tier), is of English descent. His mother, Lora Maria Konstantina (Papayanni), was raised at least partly in the U.S., and has Greek roots. His parents are financiers, and his father has worked with a glass-recycling business. His sister, Lexi Galitzine, is an illustrator and interior stylist. His father was named Geoffrey Leo after his own uncle.
The name Galitzine comes from the House of Golitsyn or Galitzine, one of the largest princely noble houses in the Russian Empire. Many Galitzine family members left Russia during the 1917 Revolution. Nicholas, his father, and grandfather are all listed as titled Princes in notations. Nicholas’ paternal grandfather legally changed his name from Tier to Galitzine in 1955. He had been using the name for a time. It is not clear where the origin for the change comes from in Nicholas’ family, but Nicholas’ paternal grandfather was English by birth.
Nicholas’ paternal grandfather was Edward Ralph Alexander Tier, also known as (Prince) Alexander Galitzine (the son of Leonard Edward Tier and Nellie German). Nicholas’ grandfather Edward was born in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England. Leonard was the son of Edward Tier, who was born in Westborne, Sussex, England, and of Charlotte Caught. Nellie was the daughter of Alexander George German and Ellen Jane Burwood.
Nicholas’ paternal grandmother was named Mary Betty Boult.
Nicholas’ maternal grandfather was Nicholas/Nicolas A. Papayanni/Papayannis (the son of Alexander Papayannis and Maria Maganari). Nicholas was born in Brăila, Romania, where there is a Greek community, and later lived in Athens, Greece.
Sources: The London Gazette notation on Nicholas’s family’s name change, 1956 – https://books.google.ca
Birth record of Nicholas’s paternal grandfather, Edward Ralph Alexander Tier – https://www.familysearch.org
Baptismal record of Nicholas’s paternal grandfather, Edward Ralph Alexander Tier – https://www.familysearch.org
Marriage record of Nicholas’s paternal great-grandparents, Leonard Edward Tier and Nellie German – https://www.familysearch.org
Nicholas’s paternal great-grandparents, Leonard Edward Tier and Nellie German, on the 1911 England and Wales Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Baptismal record of Nicholas’s paternal great-grandfather, Leonard Edward Tier – https://www.familysearch.org
Nicholas’s paternal great-grandfather, Leonard Edward Tier, on the 1881 England and Wales Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Leonard Edward Tier on the 1891 England and Wales Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Marriage record of Nicholas’s paternal great-great-grandparents, Edward Tier and Charlotte Caught – https://www.familysearch.org
Marriage record of Nicholas’s paternal great-great-grandparents, Alexander George German and Ellen Jane Burwood – https://www.familysearch.org