Our family is one of the Catholic southern Slav families, originating from Dalmatia, probably the successor of Slavic-Romans of long-ago, who settled down in Bács-Bodrog County in the 17th century together with the Dalmatians fleeing from the Ottoman invaders. Our first known ancestor was Tádé Latinovicz, who came to Baja with his sons Dániel and István. For the family's war time activities since 1687 on the sentryborders of the rivers Tisza and Danube, on the 23 September 1719 Charles III gave an emblemed letter of nobility to the brothers, which was announced at the national assembly on the 16th April 1720. The family name soon changed to Latinovits (Liber Regius XXXIII, 24.). When the sentryborders were dissolved, the family started to live a civilian life cultivating land on the vast steppes around Baja, leased from the king's treasury.

The brothers bought land in Borsod and Lengyel from Ferenc Hammerschnidt in 1726, for which the Palatine granted a donation on the 10 February 1727 and in 1745 (also for the previously acquired Kunbaja). Maria Theresa of Austria granted a donation for the land at Borsod (18 km's south of Baja, today Bácsborsod, an independent parish from the middle of the 18th century) in Vienna on the 1 May 1747, also gave the 'von Borsód' prefix for Péter Latinovits and his cousins, Jakab, Antal, György and L?rinc (Liber Regius XL. 638.).

The name Borsód can be seen for the first time on a charter from 1330 under the name of Borsód-Szent-L?rinc. Before the Battle of Mohács the name of this old locality was last seen on a tax list of Bodrog County in 1520 and 1521, where the name Borsód and Gara are listed together. In 1572 Borsod was said to be barren land, but Serbians already dwelled on this land. The family settled here in 1781, but it became a civil parish only in 1872. The land in Legyen becomes the family's property along with Borsód. This land was listed as a civil parish, possibly identical to the village of Legyen, Lengyeh or Lengyel from before the Battle of Mohács.

In the nationwide listing of the noble families in 1754/55 Péter, Antal and György are listed in the county. Péter's sons, vice ispan (deputy of the main ispan) János and József buys the civil parish Katymár from the ispan (civil title with great authority, commonly also being a judge), also receiving donation and the prefix 'von Katymár' from Francis I on the 12 June 1801 in Vienna (Liber Regius LX. 478.). In 1841 in Baja the widow of Albert, Mária Kutitska, the widow of Bertalan, Koleta Latinovits, the widow of Sándor, Countess Etelka Geramb, György, János, Imre, Károly Jr, László, Máté, Mihály, Miksa, Samu, Szaniszló, Vince, Zsigmond, the widow of György, Anna Heindl, the widow of Fülöp, Teréz Piukovits, the widow of Lajos, Anna, Antunovits, in Légyen Móricz, in Madaras Lajos and in Zombor Károly were listed.

On 9 February 1885 Franz Joseph I authorized Vince Latinovits von Borsód to pass on his title and prefix to his adopted children Géza, Szaniszló and László (Liber Regius LXVIII. 630.). The family is one of the leading families of the county, giving it several vice ispans, like Péter, who became second vice ispan in 1748, first vice ispan in 1759, János became first ispan in 1786, Tádé became second vice ispan in 1797, Benjamin became a clerk in 1825, Károly became second vice ispan in 1845, Zsigmond in 1848, Móricz became the first vice ispan and Pál became the main ispan in 1901.

The blazon reflects the heraldry of the 18th century. On the blue shield there is a lion waving a red flag, above the helmet on the noble crown is an armored Hungarian valiant with a blue-red feathered helmet, holding a sword with a Turkish head stabbed on it.


The Latinovits family has five known blazons: