List of noble houses

A noble house is an aristocratic family or kinship group, usually European, either currently or historically of national or international significance, and usually associated with one or more hereditary titles, the most senior of which will be held by the "Head of the House" or patriarch. The concept is comparable with that of an aristocratic clan, and can be used informally to describe non-European ruling families.[1]

When a reigning monarch is a member of a noble house, such as the House of Windsor, that house can also be considered a royal house. Many noble houses (such as the Houses of York and Lancaster) have birthed dynasties and have historically been considered royal houses, but in a contemporary sense, these houses may lose this status when the dynasty ends and their familial relationship with the position of power is superseded. A royal house is a type of noble house, and they are not separate or mutually exclusive entities.

List of noble housesEdit

United KingdomEdit

FranceEdit

Holy Roman Empire and GermanyEdit

The Low Countries of the Habsburg NetherlandsEdit

Italy and The Papal StatesEdit

Spain and PortugalEdit

Polish–Lithuanian CommonwealthEdit

Hungary, Slovakia and CroatiaEdit

Carpathian states (Wallachia and Moldavia)Edit

Nordic CountriesEdit

Russia, Georgia and Slavic StatesEdit

Greece, The Byzantine Empire and Crusader States of the LevantEdit

IrelandEdit

NepalEdit


Many of these houses are of many different countries such as House of Butler which has held power and lands in countries such as France, Ireland, Germany and the UK.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Oxford English Dictionary, 3rd ed. "house, n.¹ and int, 10. b." Oxford University Press (Oxford), 2011.