The Raţiu Family


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Ratiu Family is one of the oldest noble families in Transylvania. The Ratiu family existence is documented from the period of Sigismund of Luxembourg (XIV century). The Origins of the Ratiu (Ratz / Racz) Family was first attested in the town Noşlac, Turda-Aries county (historical mapping).

1298 - Micu, Gilau and Fenes (Floreşti) Racz moved on January 13 to the Aries Mures County in Nagylak (Noşlac).

1331 - Andreas / Indrei is certified on May 16 by Voivod of Transylvania Deva Thomas Szechenyi as nobilis, master (Nemes) of land in Nagylak (Noşlac).

1394 - Thomas Nagylak, captain of the Crusaders, is knighted by the King of Hungary Sigismund of Luxemburg, on the merits of leadership in battle in the region inhabited by Rácz / Ratz (Croatia). The family takes the nickname Rácz / Ratz - (Croatia) - "of Nagylak".
1578 - Peter / Peter Rácz of Nagylak is ennobled by the Austrian Emperor Rudolf II. Title Rácz I. Habsburg for military and diplomatic merit.
1625 - Stefan Racz of Nagylak - (Ratz in German transcription), is ennobled by Prince Gabriel Bethlen of Transylvania in view of military and diplomatic service.

1653 - Prince George Rakoczy II of Transylvania. cancels the nobility of the Racz family and has the property confiscated Nagylak - Noşlac, which had been given to the family by Count Dobay.

1680 - Basil Rácz adult sons, John and Basil (Coman youngest son, is not mentioned) is reinstated as nobility predicate "of Nagylak" by the Prince of Transylvania, Mihai Apafi I.  

1768 - The descendants of the Coman, family settled in Turda, submitting their application for certification as noble descendants of Basil Rácz (1680).

1782 - Stefan Toader and siblings are confirmed as descendants of Basil Rácz of Turda Nobles Nagylak the board issuing the August 2 "certificate of nobility".

1820 - Name Ratiu introduced by Basiliu Ratiu by transcribing first name Rácz (Ratz).

1821 - Descendants of Basil Rácz of Nagylak / Noşlac, Ratiu family members are confirmed as legal residents by Turda County Court Minutes no. 9963.

1828 - Turda County Jurisconsult application Order no. 11037 of June 30, issued by the Directorate of the Imperial Supreme Council of Transylvania, Ratiu family initiates validation process diploma entitled "The Nagylak".

1829 - Basil / Basilius, Indrei / Andrew Gregory / Gligor, John, David, and Matthew sons Demetriu Gligor Ratiu, descendants of Nagylak Rácz family, who were ennobled in 1680 by Prince Michael Apafi I., are nominated as inhabitants with full noble rights through a ruling of April 1 Turda County Court.


Family members

Basiliu Ratiu (1783-1870), dean Greek Catholic canon and prepozit capitulation Alba Iulia and Fagaras

Ioan Ratiu (1828-1902), lawyer, politician, one of the main authors of the Memorandum, the President of the Romanian National Party

Nicolae Ratiu (1856-1932), vice-dean Greek Catholic

Augustine Ratiu(1884-1970), grandson of John Ratiu, lawyer and dean of the Bar Turda

Ion Ratiu (1917-2000), politician, philanthropist, founder of the World Union of Free Romanians and Ratiu Family Foundation

Mircea Dimitrie Ratiu (1923-2011), scientist, engineer, doctor of technical sciences, brother of Ion Ratiu

Viorel Tilea (1896-1972), (grandson of John Ratiu, politician, businessman, journalist, diplomat

Coriolan Sabau (1897-1974), dean Greek Catholic political prisoner

N. Mircea Sabau (1934-2009), scientist, physician

Liviu Cigăreanu (1875-1952), Romanian politician, lawyer, dean of Bar Timis County prefect County-Torontal

John Mezei Câmpeanu (1841-1919), lawyer, counselor (judge) the High Court of Cassation and Justice Royal in Budapest

Julius I. Câmpeanu Mezei (1881-1943), lawyer, diplomat


Basiliu Raţiu

Tablou Basiliu Raţiu de NagylakBasiliu Raţiu (n. Dec. 25, 1783, Turda, Turda County - d. Dec. 12, 1870, Blaj, Alba county of Down), also known as Basil Ratiu Baziliu Nagylak Ratiu the predicate (Noşlac) [1], the Hungarian Sight Rácz [2] or German Ratz was Greek Catholic priest, dean, professor, rector of the Seminary Diecesan Blaj, canon [3] and the first prepozit capitular Metropolitan [4] [5] the Romanian Church United with Rome, Greek -Catolică.
He was born on December 25, 1783 in Turda, then capital of the county Turda, Cluj County today and died on December 12, 1870 in Blaj, Alba County Down, now in Alba County.
Ratiu family is descended from Nagylak (Noşlac) of Turda, Transylvania attested in the early century. XIV and reînnobilată in 1625 by Prince Gabriel Bethlen.
He studied at Turda, Aiud, Cluj, Blaj and Vienna. He was ordained a celibate priest named Basiliu St. Barbara Church in Vienna in 1810 Follower of Peter Major, was a doctor of theology and philosophy at the University of Vienna in 1811.

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Augustin Raţiu

Dr. Augustin Ratiu de Noslac
Augustin Rațiu (n. 7 iulie1884, Petreştii Upper County Turda - d. 2 decembrie1970, Turda) was a prominent personality of the city of Turda, Ion Rațiu politician father.
Rațiu family is descended from Nagylak (Noşlac) of Turda, Transylvania attested in the early century. XIV and reînnobilată in 1625 by Prince Gabriel Bethlen. He was born on July 7, 1884 in the village Petresti de Sus, in the county Turda at the time. Primary and secondary schools in many places they are: Cluj, Bistrita Năsăud Blaj. Then came the Faculty of Law Cluj and Budapest, as a scholar of "Şterca Şuluţiu Foundation". In 1909 he received the title of "Doctor of Law" and censorship of attorney filed in Targu Mures. In the same year opened office attorney Turda, reaching dean of the Bar. In 1913 he married Eugenia Sibiu Turcu, granddaughter of John Woods-Drăguşanu. 


Viorel Virgil Tilea

Viore TileaViorel Virgil Tilea (n. 6 April 1896, Sibiu - d. September 20, 1972, London) was a Romanian politician and diplomat. He was Ambassador of Romania in the period 1938 - 1940 After the establishment of the Antonescu regime refused to return to the country and sought asylum in England. He was the grandson of the daughter of Dr. Ioan Ratiu memoranda.
He was the son of Honorius and Emilia Tilea, grandson of Dr. Ioan Ratiu daughter and great-grandson of Prepoz. Basiliu Ratiu. In 1921 Eugenia căsătotit Pop (deceased in 1947) and in 1951 was married to Manuela Monroe. He was a great patriot Romanian, European vocation, politician, diplomat, journalist and writer Romanian, Romanian member of Freemasonry. He studied at Sibiu, Bratislava, Cluj, London and Vienna. He was Doctor of Laws from the University of Vienna.
Political and diplomatic activity
During the First World War has been incorporated into the Austro-Hungarian Army. In October 1918 he joined the Romanian National Council. He was sent to Geneva to meet with the representative of the President of the United States, Woodrow Wilson. 

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 Ion Augustin Nicolae Raţiu

ion ratiuIon Augustin Nicolae Raţiu, born in Turda on June 6, 1917, was the son of Augustin Raţiu, a successful lawyer, mayor, county prefect and great-grandnephew of Dr.Ioan Raţiu, the leader of the Romanian National Party. A promising law student, Ion Raţiu seemed destined for an academic career, but in 1938 he was commissioned as top cadet at the Artillery Military Academy in Craiova, and in April 1940 he joined Romania’s Foreign Service. The decision of Romania’s leader Marshal Antonescu to align his country with the Axis powers appalled Ion Raţiu, who resigned his post and obtained political asylum in Britain. He won a scholarship to study economics at St. John’s College, Cambridge. In 1945 Ion Raţiu married Elisabeth Pilkington in London.Exiled in London after the communist takeover of Romania in 1946, Ion Raţiu threw himself into the struggle against communism, becoming a regular contributor to the Romanian Service of the BBC, Radio Free Europe and Voice of America. In 1957 his book “Policy for the West” was published, radically challenging contemporary western views of the nature of communism. He then went into shipping and later into real estate, where he accumulated considerable wealth.

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Elisabeth Raţiu

11.-elisabeth-2008-lgeElisabeth Pilkington grew up in the Lancashire countryside of the UK, overlooking the industrial town of St Helens which four generations of Pilkington Brothers, the family glass­ manufacturing business, had transformed into the Mecca of UK flat-glass production.

At the outbreak of WWII, Elisabeth served her country for two years as a Red Cross nurse in a Manchester army hospital followed by Social Science studies at London School of Economics. The School had been evacuated to Cambridge for the duration of the war, it was at this time she met the young Romanian postgraduate student and diplomat, Ion Raţiu, who was studying for a second degree in Economics on a British Council Scholarship following his refusal to return to Marshall Antonescu's Nazi aligned Romania in 1941.

The couple were married at the Savoy Chapel in London's West End in 1945. Elisabeth immediately took out Romanian citizenship, fully expecting to accompany her husband back to postwar Romania to campaign in the 1946 general election. But Ion, who had already showed disturbing signs of tuberculosis prior to their marriage, collapsed in the autumn of 1946 and entered a sanatorium in Davos, Switzerland.

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Indrei Raţiu

Indrei Raţiu is educator, former journalist and broadcaster (BBC, Rediffusion, London Evening Standard), involved in launching INSEAD’s now world-class Executive Development programs. A former consultant in management development to IBM, Schlumberger, BP, ICI, and the World Bank, Indrei cofounded ICM – InterCultural Management Associates, Paris; Pro Patrimonio (the Romanian Heritage Foundation.), Transilvania Fest Association and the Raţiu Center for Democracy, Romania.


Nicolae Rațiu

Born in Davos, Switzerland, on May 7th 1948, Nicolae Rațiu became involved in Romanian issues after the collapse of communism, when his father, Ion Raţiu returned to Romania. Mr. Rațiu was for 10 years the UK President of World Union of Free Romanians (WUFR), established by Ion Rațiu in 1984, linking all Romania

The newspaper ran from 1984 until 1996, when it ceased publication, superseded by the Rațiu‐owned daily Romanian national newspaper Cotidianul, of which Nicolae Rațiu was publisher and co‐publisher until 2006. As President of WUFR, his mission was to see true freedom and democracy restored in Romania. Accordingly, until 1996 he carried on lobbying the EU commission and the UK Government to reveal what was truly going on in Romania, as the initial elected governments resisted real democratic change.

Mr. Rațiu established the UK registered charity Relief Fund for Romania (FSC) in December 1989, created a clearing house and coordinated relief efforts of the British public to deliver their aid to Romania after the revolution.

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Pamela Raţiu


Pamela Ratiu is the executive director to Romania for the U.K. registered Ratiu Family Charitable Foundation. Mrs. Ratiu brings 30 years of experience in international management for both the public and private sector. Her expertise covers general management, event management, public relations and partnership development. Mrs. Ratiu joined the foundation in 2004 and has initiated the following CRD programs: Ion Ratiu Debating Club, Turda Fest, Anti trafficking awareness campaign, Christmas for Children, Free Time Factory (community center) and Ion Ratiu Volunteer program.