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He killed them, my entire family, just to get back at me for running.

The Petrova Family (Bulgarian: Петров or Петрова, Ancient Greek: Πέτροβα, Modern Greek: Petros, Latin: Petrus, English: Pierce; translates as "small rock" , "rock" or "stone") is one of the main families within The Vampire Diaries. The family is one of the oldest families originating from Greece, then going to Bulgaria before ultimately ending up in Mystic Falls, Virginia. The Petrova Family has been linked to both the Salvatore and Bennett families since 1st Century BCE. The Petrova bloodline came to an end with Elena Gilbert's death in I Was Feeling Epic.

Family Members[]

  • Amara: Amara (Ancient Greek: Αμάρα, Latin: Amarantha) was born some time during 1st Century B.C.E. (100 B.C.). Her origins are from Ancient Greece and is the oldest known ancestor of the Petrova bloodline. She was a human girl and personal handmaiden to Qetsiyah. She fell in love with Silas who manipulated Qetsiyah into creating the immortality spell so they could spend eternity together. When Amara became truly immortal, Nature found balance by creating mortal versions of herself—doppelgängers or shadow selves—that would appear century after century. After betraying Qetsiyah's trust after she created the spell, Qetsiyah took revenge on her and Silas by creating the Other Side and turning her into its Anchor. She was kept desiccated for two thousand years. After awakening, the pain of her existence was too much for her to bear and she desired death above all else. She consumed the Cure from Silas however, before she could die, the resurrected Qetsiyah transferred her status as Anchor to Bonnie Bennett. Realizing that she has officially nothing to live for with her beloved dead, she commits suicide. She is presumed to have found peace as that is where human souls go to once they die.
  • Tatia (1st Petrova Doppelgänger): Tatia was born during the 10th century AD and lived in what would be the United States during the 10th century and was a contemporary of the Mikaelson Family. In The Reckoning, Tatia is first mentioned by Rebekah, though not by name, when she comments humorously that the original Petrova was much prettier than Elena. Tatia was a distant descendant of Amara.
  • Tatia's Husband (Name Unknown): He was born during the 10th century AD and was married to Tatia. He had a child with her and he died in the battlefield.
  • Tatia's Child (Name Unknown): The child was likely born around the turn of the 10th century. According to Elijah, Tatia had the child with her husband who had died in battle. Eventually, their descendants migrated to Europe. They were a distant descendant of Amara.
  • Katerina's Father (Mr. Petrova[1]): He was a Bulgarian man who lived during the 15th century. He watched his daughter, Katerina, give birth to a daughter in the year 1490. He took the baby away from Katerina moments after she was born, ashamed of his daughter for bearing a child out of wedlock. He disowned Katerina and banished her to England. He was murdered by Klaus. He was also a Traveler and therefore, was a witch with magic. It is through him that Katerina is a witch and possesses the gift of magic. He is either a descendant of Amara or a relative through marriage.
  • Katerina's Mother (Mrs. Petrova): She was a Bulgarian woman who lived during the 15th century. She helped her daughter, Katerina, give birth to a daughter in the year 1490. Although Katerina's mother was more sympathetic towards her daughter, Katerina's father immediately took the child away, ashamed of his daughter for having a child out of wedlock. Her husband disowned Katerina and banished her to England. When Katerina returned to Bulgaria in the year 1492, she discovered that her mother, along with the rest of her family, had been murdered by Klaus. She is either a descendant of Amara or a relative through marriage.
  • Katerina's Sister: She was a Bulgarian girl who lived during the 15th century. She helped her sister, Katerina, give birth to her daughter in 1490. When Katerina returned to Bulgaria in 1492, she discovered that her sister, along with the rest of her family, had been murdered by Klaus. She is a distant descendant of Amara.
  • Katerina Petrova (a.k.a. Katherine Pierce, 2nd Petrova Doppelgänger): Katerina Petrova (Bulgarian and Russian: Катерина Петрова) was born June 5, 1473 in Bulgaria. In 1490, Katerina gave birth to a daughter, continuing the Petrova bloodline, but she was disowned for having a baby out of wedlock and the child was given away. She was then banished to England, where in 1492 she met the Lord Niklaus and his elder brother, the Lord Elijah. She made their acquaintance and was friendly toward them, unaware that the brothers were vampires and Klaus intended to use her in a sacrifice to break his curse. Eventually Katerina discovered the truth and fled. In order to thwart the plan to murder her, Katerina orchestrated her own death and transformed into a vampire. Having escaped England, she returned to Bulgaria later that year, only to discover that Klaus had murdered her entire family as revenge for her escape and suicide. Many centuries later, in 1864, Katerina assumed the name Katherine Pierce and moved to Mystic Falls, where she lived with the Salvatore Family. The brothers Damon and Stefan competed for her affections, sparking a lifelong rivalry between them. Katherine eventually faked her own death in the interest of her lifelong career of evading Klaus, and managed to lay low for 145 years before returning to Mystic Falls. Her return to the town was motivated by the desire to secure the Moonstone and the doppelgänger, both of which she intended to hand over to Klaus in exchange for her freedom. Katherine was eventually force-fed the Cure for immortality until it was drained from her blood by Silas. Taking up her Traveler roots, she learned the spell to place her spirit into Elena to escape death. After her struggle to survive, in Gone Girl, Katherine was finally killed after being expelled from her host body. After her death, she was dragged to Hell and would manipulate Arcadius to target the Salvatore brothers. Stefan would eventually sacrifice his life in order for Bonnie to kill her and destroy Hell with Hellfire. Katherine was a distant descendant of Amara and was the second doppelgänger of Amara.
  • Nadia Petrova: Nadia (Bulgarian: Надя Петрова, Russian: Надежда Петрова) was born in the year 1490 in Bulgaria. Katerina gave birth to her when she was a teenager between the ages of sixteen and seventeen. The daughter was born out of wedlock, much to Katerina's parent's disapproval, and she was given away to an unknown family. Her existence remained unknown throughout the supernatural world for many centuries; those concerned with the Petrova doppelgänger bloodline (namely Klaus) believed the line had ended when Katerina died and became a vampire. The truth did not emerge until the existence of another Petrova doppelgänger was discovered. She was shown to still be alive as a vampire for over 500 years. She made her identity known to Katherine in Monster's Ball. After a brief scuffle with Tyler Lockwood, Nadia was bitten and infected with werewolf venom, she died minutes before her mother in Gone Girl. Nadia was a distant descendant of Amara.
  • Nadia's Unnamed Child (assumed): It is assumed that in order for the Petrova bloodline to have continued, Nadia most likely had a child or children before she became a vampire.
  • Rebecca Flemming: Rebecca [2] is a distant descendant of Katerina Petrova and Amara and likely a recent ancestor of Isobel. Her tombstone indicates that she was born on August 18, 1919 and died on September 15th, 1971, a few years prior to the birth of Isobel. Nothing is known about her character or background and it can be assumed that she was human.
  • Isobel Flemming: Isobel was a distant descendant of Katerina Petrova, and thus Amara, the world's first immortal woman. Born on October 17, 1975, she grew up in Mystic Falls and as a teenager had a child by John Gilbert. She gave her daughter up for adoption to John's brother Grayson Gilbert and his wife Miranda Sommers-Gilbert, who named the girl Elena. Years later, Isobel was married to Alaric Saltzman when she asked Damon Salvatore to turn her into a vampire. After she became a vampire, Isobel went looking for Katherine, who helped her get a Lapis Lazuli necklace so she could walk in the daylight unharmed. Isobel helped Katherine research about the tomb vampires and got the Gilbert Device for John Gilbert to destroy the tomb vampires so that Katherine could return to Mystic Falls. Isobel was later compelled by Klaus to betray Katherine and then kill herself. She removed her daylight necklace in front of Elena and burned to death in the sun, ironically in front of her own tombstone. Isobel was a distant descendant of Amara.
  • Elena Gilbert (3rd Petrova Doppelgänger): Elena was born on June 22, 1992, in Mystic Falls, Virginia. She was the biological daughter of John Gilbert and Isobel Flemming, and was therefore a descendant of Katerina Petrova, to whom she bears a striking physical resemblance. Elena is the third and also the final descendant and doppelgänger of Amara, the originator of the Petrova doppelgänger bloodline. Elena's death and transition into a vampire ended the Petrova doppelgänger bloodline, as she has no descendants because she is unable to reproduce and have children. In I'd Leave My Happy Home For You she takes the 1994 version of the cure and is back to being a human and now she can reproduce and continue the line. In I Was Feeling Epic, Bonnie Bennett finds a way to wake her up. Elena goes on to live a human life and marries Damon Salvatore until her eventual death.


  • Nadia's Father (Name Unknown): He was the lover of Katherine and the father of Nadia. Nothing else is known.
  • John Gilbert: John met and fell in love with Isobel Flemming during their teenage years and they dated each other for a while. When Isobel was just 16 in the year 1992, Isobel told John that she was pregnant and John brought her to his older brother, Grayson Gilbert, who was the local pediatrician or OB/GYN, so that she could give birth to a daughter named Elena. Isobel left Elena in the good hands of Grayson and his wife Miranda, who didn't know that John was actually the biological father of Isobel's baby. John later sacrificed himself to resurrect Elena after Klaus had killed her for his ritual to trigger his werewolf gene, having Bonnie Bennett channel his life force into Elena's body once she died. Though John and Isobel never married, he is considered a relative of the family.
  • Alaric Saltzman: Alaric was the history teacher and a vampire hunter is the former husband of Isobel Flemming and the stepfather of Elena Gilbert. It was later revealed that he thinks his wife, Isobel, was killed by a vampire, who he suspects to be Damon. Later he find out that Isobel wanted to become a vampire, and begged Damon to turn her, thus making Isobel a vampire. Isobel later came back and compelled Alaric to move on from her and Alaric begins a new life with Jenna Sommers and takes in Elena and Jeremy as his own by becoming their guardian. Alaric is turned into an Original by Esther. Alaric dies after Elena drowns in season three due to his sired connection to Elena. In the season five finale, Alaric is brought back to life by Liv.

Family Tree[]

Child †
TVD209-Father Petrova
TVD209-Mother Petrova
Katerina Petrova
Unnamed Daughter
Alaric Saltzman
Salvatore Family
Damon Salvatore
Elena Gilbert
Note: Dashed vertical lines indicate a span of unknown time between generations of family members. Dash horizontal lines indicate confirmed parentage out of wedlock.


  • Petrov or Petroff (Feminine: Petrova) is one of the most common surnames in Russia and Bulgaria.
  • The surname is derived from the given name Pyotr (Пётр, Russian) or Petar (Петър, Bulgarian), both of which are equivalent to the English name Peter. These names derive from the Greek "Πετρος" (Petros), meaning "stone".


  • In the books, Katherine is a member of the von Swartzschild family which is of German descent or origin.
    • Mr. Petrova (Katherine's father) is the only known male member of the Petrova family.
  • In a deleted scene in Season Five, Katherine revealed that her lover, Nadia's father, was a Traveler, having taught her how to read tarot cards.[3]



  1. Though the masculine form of Petrova is Petrov, the character of Katerina's Father was credited as "Mr. Petrova".
  2. See Tombstone
  3. Season Five Deleted Scenes

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