Richard von Coudenhove-Kalergi

von Coudenhove-Kalergi c. 1930, ÖNB, Bildarchiv Austria

Birth Name: Richard Nikolaus Eijiro von Coudenhove-Kalergi

Date of Birth: November 16, 1894

Place of Birth: Tokyo, Japan

Date of Death: 27 July, 1972

Place of Death: Schruns, Austria

*father – German, as well as Greek and Russian, and Danish, Belgian [Flemish and Walloon], Lithuanian, and Polish
*mother – Japanese

Richard von Coudenhove-Kalergi was an Austrian-Japanese politician and philosopher. He served as the founding president of the Paneuropean Union for 49 years.

Richard was born in Tokyo, Japan, the son of Mitsuko “Mitsu” (Aoyama) and Heinrich Johann Maria von Coudenhove-Kalergi, a count and diplomat. His mother was born in Tokyo, Japan. His father was born in Vienna, Austria, of German, as well as Russian, Danish, Belgian [Flemish, Walloon], Lithuanian, and Polish, descent.

Richard’s paternal grandfather was Franz Karl von Coudenhove (the son of Franz Ludwig Graf von Coudenhove and Katharina Jakobine Augusta von Löwenstern). Richard’s grandfather Franz was born in Vienna, Austria. Richard’s great-grandfather Franz was born in Bingen am Rhein, Germany, the son of Georg Ludwig von Coudenhoven and Sophia von Hatzfeld, and had German and Belgian ancestry. Katharina was born in Tartu, Estonia, the daughter of Paul Ludwig Johann von Löwenstern, from Vana-Antsla, Estonia, and of Christiane Friederike von Gersdorff, from Königsberg, Prussia.

Richard’s paternal grandmother was Marie/Maria Kalergi (the daughter of Johannes/Joannou/Johan Ivan Emanuilovich Kalergis and Maria von Nesselrode). Richard’s grandmother Marie was born in St. Petersburg, Russia. Johannes was the son of Manuel Kalergi/Kalergis and Charlotte Jörgensen. The Kalergi family was of at least part Greek origin. Richard’s great-great-grandfather Manuel is sometimes cited as Russian, though he might have had Greek ancestry. Charlotte’s surname is Danish or Norwegian.

Richard’s great-grandmother Maria, a pianist, was born in Warsaw, Poland, the daughter of Karl Friedrich Joseph Fedor Karlovich von Nesselrode, a diplomat, who had German ancestry, and of Tekla/Thekla von Gorska h. Nałęcz, who was of Polish and Lithuanian descent; Richard’s great-great-grandfather Karl’s mother, Josepha von Hatzfeldt-Wildenburg, is said to have been a practicing Protestant who was born Jewish. This does not appear to be accurate.

Richard’s maternal grandfather was named Kihachi Aoyama.

Richard’s maternal grandmother was named Tsuneko “Tsune” Iwata.

Sources: Genealogies of Richard von Coudenhove-Kalergi –

4 Responses

  1. madman says:

    Follers, what do you say about his alledged Jewish great-great-great-grandmother? From what I know from the genealogies, she seemed like normal German nobility to me. According to the book “Nicholas I and Official Nationality in Russia, 1825-1855”, “his mother was a member of a prominent Jewish family in Frankfurt.”

    His great-grandfather Johannes Kalergis confuses me. Did he have any ethnic Russian ancestry? The link from have Russian flags on his paternal grandparents. And the major general and politician Dimitrios Kallergis has this written on his Wikipedia page (
    “He was left fatherless at an early age and he was sent to Russia to the care of the Tsar’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Count Nesselrode [Karl Nesselrode, Richard’s great-great-grandfather], who appears in some sources is mentioned as his uncle.”

    Bablah, what was Tekla von Gorska’s ancestry? In the genealogy, all names are cited in Lithuanian first, but also in Polish. The sources are in Lithuanian though. Wikipedia just says Polish (

    • follers says:

      Seems non-Jewish to me.

    • bablah says:

      When it comes to Tekla von Gorska…Poland, you are the father.
      She is however partialy Lithuanian, but mostly Polish. The genealogist that made that tree was either Lithuanian or was using Lithuanian sources. It’s a practice in Lithuania and Russia even today to translate names (which annoyes me very much).

      When it comes to Kalergis, apparently Ivan Kalergi’s first cousin was Egor Kalergi, millionaire from Taganrog. They are described as Greek subjects.
      I did find a ”merchant census” from 1847. which states that out of 1087 merchants in Taganrog 334 were Russian, 242 were Jewish, 481 were Greek and 30 were German.
      says they moved to Russia in late 17th century. They might have mixed with other ethnicites, but they also might have not (since it’s Black sea region, it’s not exactly lacking in Greek people).

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