The Tolstoys arrived in Russia from the west in 1353. ''A man of distinguished ancestry,'' as the historical records say, named Indris, emigrated from the Lithuanian empire to the city of Chernigov, where he served as military governor. About 100 years later, his great-grandson moved to Moscow, which was then emerging as the new center of Russian wealth and political power. The Muscovite Grand Prince Vasily the Blind rewarded him handsomely for his services to the ruler and, as a special mark of royal favor, bestowed upon him and his descendants the affectionate nickname ''tolstoy'' - ''fat.''
were a well-known family of old Russian nobility, tracing their ancestry to a mythical Lithuanian noble Indris.
Indra ir Indraja...
Karas ir Taika.