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Nordic noble surname list

  • Alphabetical list over Nordic noble surnames.
  • Projects idea is to add historic information about each Nordic noble surname that is missing this.
  • Each surname with a * in front of the name is names that still need information.
  • Surname in bold is done

About Nordic nobility

Danish nobility

Nobility in Denmark was a leading social class until the 19th or 20th century. Danish nobility exists yet and has a recognized status in Denmark, a monarchy, but its real privileges have been abolished.

Danish nobility is divided in two categories: ancient nobility (Danish: uradel) and created nobility (Danish: brevadel). More informal categorization is between high and lower nobility (Danish: højadel, lavadel). Today, around 200 noble houses with an explicit title (baronial, comital, and so forth) yet continue. Ancient nobility refers to those noble houses that are known from the era before the Danish reformation, and created nobility are those houses that received their rank through an explicit patent when they first were elevated to nobility. Families of old Lord High Councillors of Denmark, and houses endowed by a title after 1660, absolutism's beginning, are regarded as high nobility of Denmark.

Swedish nobility

The Swedish nobility (Adeln) were historically a legally privileged class in Sweden, part of the so-called frälse (a classification defined by tax exemptions and representation in the diet that also applied to clergy). Today, the nobility is still very much a part of Swedish society but they do not maintain many of their former privileges. They still do possess some privileges such as the protection by law of their family names, titles and coats of arms. The Swedish nobility consists of both "introduced" and "non-introduced" nobility, the latter has not been "introduced" at the House of Nobility (Riddarhuset).

The House of Nobility also has a special tax for all noblemen over the age of 18. Belonging to the nobility in present day Sweden still carries some social privileges, and is of certain social and historical significance

Norwegian nobility

Most native Norwegian noble families disappeared in the male line during the 16th century. Norway still has plenty of people who descend in cognatic line from its indigenous medieval nobility, such as Queen Sonja of Norway herself and own parts of their manorial and landed properties, now generally in sizes of farms and peasant manors, and a number of male-line families, mainly having Danish and foreign surnames, that descend from the official Dano-Norwegian period nobility.

After independence the creation of new noble titles was forbidden in the Constitution of Norway of 1814, and the last legal privileges were dissolved by Act of Parliament in 1821, to expire upon deaths of their then holders, which ultimately seems to have happened in 1893.

Finnish nobility

The Finnish nobility (Fi. Aateli, Sw. Adel) was historically a privileged class in Finland, part of Sweden, and the Finnish nobility was part of Swedish nobility (1625-1809). After the War of Finland (1808-1809) when Finland become a Grand Duchy of Russia, Finland received its own House of Nobility in 1818. The last one to be raised to nobility was General August Langhoff in 1912. Following the independence of Finland in 1917 classes were abolished. Noble families and their descendants are still a part of Finnish republican society today, but except for the titles themselves, no longer retain any specific or granted privileges. A majority of Finnish nobles have traditionally been Swedish-speakers using their titles mostly in Swedish. The Finnish nobility today has some 6,000 male and female members.

Source: Wikipedia

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