- House of Vardanisdze
The family is presumed to have branched off from another eminent Georgian feudal clan of the Marushisdze, a hypothesis supported by the abundance of the name Marushiani in the Vardanisdze family. The first attested member and arguably a founder of the family is Vardan,
eristaviof the Svans, in the latter half of the 11th century. The dignity of eristavi(or eristavt-eristavi) of the Svans was hereditary in his descendants later known as Vardanisdze ("Vardan" + -"dze", "a son"). They also held various important posts at the Georgian royal court, including "mechurchlet-ukhutsesi" ( Lord High Treasurer), "msakhurt-ukhutsesi" ( Lord Great Chamberlain) and "mandaturt-ukhutsesi" (Lord High Mandator) of Likht-Imereti (i.e., west Georgia).
The family gave origin to two important branches, the
Dadianiof Mingrelia, and the Gurieliof Guriawhile in Svaneti they were replaced by the House of Gelovani. [ნ. შოშიაშვილი (N. Shoshiashvili), "ვარდანისძენი" ("The Vardanisdze"). ქართული საბჭოთა ენციკლოპედია ("Encyclopaedia Georgiana"), Vol. 4: p. 299. Tbilisi, 1979.]
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