The history of the Vardai family and the Gutkeled clan it belongs to, can easily be traced back to the 11th century.
According to the Gesta Hunnorum et Hungarorum, a medieval chronicle written by Kézai Simon, three brothers of Swabian descent born at the castle of Stof (Staufen im Breisgau or the Hohenstaufen castle in Württemberg) immigrated to the Kingdom of Hungary sometime around the 1040s.
Descendants of the Gutkeled clan are grouped into two main branches, Sárvármonostor, consisting of the sub-branches Apaj, Várdai, Farkas and Tiba, and Majádi, consisting of the sub-branches Bátori, Egyedmonostori and Lotárd. The Várdai sub-branch is further grouped into the Várdai, the Kenézi and the Anárcsi families.
The homeland of the Várdai family is located in Szabolcs, which today makes up a large part of Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg county, Hungary. As can be seen on the map below, even the city Kisvárda and the district surrounding it share their name with the family.
The crest of the Vardai family
The Gutkeled clan and their descending families have always used some variation of three or four silver wedges on red as their crest, the Vardai family being no exception.
Detailed family tree for the 14th to 17. centuries can be found here.
Over the next few moths, I'd like to expand this article and introduce some notable family members and their history to you.