The Ypsilantis (Greek: Υψηλάντης; Romanian: Ipsilanti) were a Greek Phanariote family which grew into prominence and power in Constantinople during the last centuries of Ottoman Empire and gave several short-reign hospodars to the Danubian Principalities. The family was originally from the southern coast of Black Sea.
Since the end of the Ottoman Empire, members of the Ypsilanti family can be found all over the world.
Notable members of the family include:
- Constantine Ypsilantis (? - 1816), son of the above, Prince of Moldavia, fled to the Russian court
- Alexander Ypsilantis (1792 - 1828), eldest son of the above. A General in the Imperial Russian Army, he became the leader of the Filiki Eteria, and began the Greek Revolution in 1821 by crossing over with his followers into the Danubian Principalities. Defeated by Ottoman forces, he retreated to Austria, where he died in 1828.