Maltese-nobility-basic-guide.

A basic guide to the Maltese Titles in use, styled or claimant.

A list of Maltese nobility titles, Foreign nobility titles, creations which ended up with a Maltese descendant. As there are several thoughts out there with differing opinions, Maltagenealogy.com has for twenty years published the history, the arguements and whom we assume are the titleholders. Of course, the opinions of a private organisation or published materials on the Maltese nobility may suggest and lead readers and those within the nobility opinions to form one's own opinion. We are always open to arguements, changes and thoughts on this subject. Since Maltagenealogy.com has been online, it has always considered and refreshed works if certain new material comes to light. Each title listed here, have a link to each page, giving a detail account of the creation, holders and claimants. On that page, a link to the title-holders genealogy.

Lastly, we only accept nobility titles that are granted by reigning sovereigns with various sources. We do not accept nobility or civic titles granted by a former ex-Sovereign or a claimant. Today, one can obtain "Nobility" in many different aspects, though in the 21st century they are not useable or with any priviledge, unless they are from an actual Reigning sovereign, no matter the arguement. Can I also state that the only Maltese Peer was Lord Strickland as a Peer of the realm of the Kingdom of United Kingdom. Maltese nobility were nobles that were either from fedual creation, or foreign creation as a Nobility title.  In conclusion, the nobility were not part of any peerage on the isles of Malta and Gozo.
Finally, for the complete list go back to the Maltese Nobility main page and click options.. 
 
Updated: 11-08-2020.
 
List:
1. Maltese nobility acknowledged by the British Royal Commission;
2. Foreign Maltese nobility acknowledged by the British Royal Commission;
3. Maltese nobility presented to the British Royal Commission, though have other "claimants";
4. Maltese nobility that never presented to the British Royal Commission though style 'de jure';
5. Maltese nobility presented to the British Royal Commission though the Title is 'extended to descendants';
6. Maltese nobility that are 'Dormant';
7. Foreign Maltese nobility not presented to the British Royal Commission;
8. Foreign nobility noted presented to the British Royal Commission though Title is 'extended to descendants';
 
 

1. Maltese nobility acknowledged by the Royal Commission up to :

 

No

Title, (link to the full list of holders).

Creation

Current Holder

Current Heir

1.

Barony of Djar il Bniet

Kingdom of Sicily, 1350

Marchese Carmelo Apap Bologna d’Amico Inguanez, (1939- as the 23rd Baron

Marchese Francesco Apap Bologna, Baroncino di Djar il-Bniet

2.

Barony of Buqana

Kingdom of Sicily, 1372.

Marchese Carmelo Apap Bologna d’Amico Inguanez, (1939- as the 23rd Baron.

Marchese Francesco Apap Bologna, Baroncino di Djar il-Bniet

3.

Barony of Ghariexem e Tabia

Knights of Malta, 1638.

Conte John Sant Cassia, (1956-, as the 13th Baron.

Contessa Chiara Sant Cassia Damant, (1957-, as the Baronessina.

4

Barony of Gomerino

Knights of Malta, 1710.

Nobile Myriam Callus Testaferrata Abela, (1943-, as the 11th Baroness.

Nobile Elisabeth Chemel Manche Testaferrata Abela, (1973-, as the Baronessina.

5.

Barony of Budaq

Knights of Malta, 1716.

Don Nicholas de Piro d’Amico Inguanez, (1941-, as the 9th Baron.

Don Clemente de Piro d’Amico Inguanez, (1972-., as the Baroncino.

6.

Barony of San Marciano

Knights of Malta 1726.

Nobile Gino Trapani Galea Ferriol, (1942-, as the 11th Baron.

Nobile Michael Trapani Galea Ferriol, (1973-, as the Baroncino di San Marciano.

7.

Barony of Tabria

Knights of Malta 1728.

Nobile Marie Christine Ramsay de Miniac Pergola, (1948-, as the 13th Baroness.

Nobile Justine Corinne Pergola, as the Baroncina.

8.

Barony of Qlejjgha

Knights of Malta 1737.

Marchesa Agnese Testaferrata Bonici Ghaxaq Gera de Petri, (1949-, as the 8th Baroness.

Nobile Dr Andrea Fabrizio Gera de Petri, (1975-, as the Baroncino di Qlejjgha.

9.

Barony of Benwarrad

Knights of Malta, 1737.

Conte Paul Kitson Attard Montalto, (1949, as the 10th Baron.

Conte Paul Kitson, (1978- as the Contino.

10.

Counts of Bahria

Knights of Malta 1743.

Don Salvatore Consoli Palermo Navarra, (1962-, as the 9th Conte.

Donna Gabriella Consoli, (1956-, as the Continessa.

11.

Marquises Testaferrata Olivier

Knights of Malta 1745.

Marchese Jean Paul Jr Olivier, (1929-., as the 8th Marquis.

Marchese Mark Thomas Olivier, (1955-, as the Marchesino.

12.

Counts of Catena

Knights of Malta 1745.

Nobile Henry Charles Hornyold Strickland, (1951-, as the 8th Count.

Nobile Hugo Hornyold Strickland, (1979-, as the Contino.

13.

Marquis Cassar de Sain.

Knights of Malta 1749.

Marchese Mark Cassar de Sain, (1965-, as the 12th Marquis.

Marchese Max Cassar de Sain, (2002-, as the Marchesino.

14.

Barons of Buleben

Knights of Malta 1777.

Don Joseph Bernard Manduca Piscopo Macedonio Azopardi, (1959-, as the 10th Baron.

Don Christian Manduca Azopardi, (1987-, as the Baroncino.

15.

Counts of Beberrua.

Knights of Malta 1783.

Nobile Godfrey Caruana Gatto, (1955-, as the 9th Count.

Nobile Tom Caruana Gatto Macdonald, (1976-, as the Contino.

16.

Marquis of St George

Knights of Malta 1778, 1779 & 1792.

Marchese James St George, (1948-, as the 8th Marquis.

Marchese Mark St George, as the Marchesino.

17. 

Marquis of Fiddien

Knights of Malta 1793.

Dr Michael Laferla , (1984-, as the 10th Marquis.

Nobile Jan Laferla, as the Marchesino.

18.

Marquis of Taflia

Knights of Malta 1790.

Marchesa Cheryle Runnacles, (1958-, as the 8th Marchioness.

Not known.

19.

Counts of Ghajn Tuffieha

Knights of Malta 1792.

Contessa Mary Frances Teuma Castelletti McCutcheon, (1934-, as the 6th Countess.

Nobile Kimberley Anne McCutcheon Trudell, (1972- as the Continessa.

20.

Marquis of Gnien is-Sultan

Knights of Malta 1792.

Marchese Capt. Philip Apap Bologna, (1962-, as the 7th Marquis.

Marchese Dr Richard Apap Bologna MD, (1991-, as the Marchesino.

21.

Barons of Grua

Knights of Malta 1794.

Conte Daniel Borg Carbott, (1964-., as the 10th Baron.

Conte Luke Borg Carbott, (1992-, as the Baroncino.

22. 

Counts of Senia

Knights of Malta 1795.

Marchesa Marthe Monique Donnat Fontani Roulet, (1949-, as the 8th Countess.

Marchese Patrice Edmond Roulet Fontani, (1975-, as the Contino.

23.

Marquis of Ghajn Qajjed.

Knights of Malta 1796.

Nobile Michael Formosa Gauci, (1958-, as the 6th Marquis.

Nobile Josef Formosa Gauci, (1968-, as the Marchesino.

 

2. Foreign Maltese nobility acknowledged by the British Royal Commission :

 

No

Title (link to the full list of holders).

Creation

Current Holder

Current Heir

1. Feudal Barony of Castel Cicciano. Kingdom of Naples, 1560. Nobile Carole Anne Sceberras Trigona, (1942-, as the 19th Baroness. Nobile Anne Maria Sceberras Trigona, (1952-.

2.

Marques di Castiglia (de Piro).

Kingdom of Spain, 1742.

Vacant or expired.

see link for claimants.

3.

Barony of San Giovanni.

Kingdom of Two-Sicilies, 1777.

Nobile Kenneth Chapelle, (1948-, as the 8th Barone.                        

 

4.

Conte di San Giovanni Laterano.

Papal city, 1711.

Conte Jean Pierre Chapelle Paleologo, (1975-, as the 10th Conte.

Contessa Annah Chapelle Paleologo, (2002-, as the Continessa.

5.

Marchese di San Vincenzo Ferreri.

Kingdom of Sicily and Naples, 1716.

Marchese Joseph Philip Testaferrata Bonici, (1951-, as the 9th Marchese.

A male descendant of Marchese Publio Testaferrata and Regina Galizia.

6.

Conte Preziosi.

Kingdom of Sicily, 1718.

Conte Dr Josef Preziosi MRCS, (1953-, as the 10th Conte.

Contessa Marie Christine Preziosi, (1980, as the Continessa.

7.

Conte di Mont’Alto.

Duchy of Parma, 1720, 1776.

Don Alfred Manduca Piscopo Macedonia, (1958-, as the 7th Conte.

Don Joseph Bernard Manduca Piscopo Macedonia, Barone di Buleben, (1959-, as the Contino.

8.

Conte Fournier.

Empire of Austria, under the Grand Duchy of Tuscany, 1770.

Conte Stephen Sant Fournier, (1965-, as the 9thConte.

Conte Tyler Sant Fournier, (1997-, as the Contino.

9.

Conte Sant.

Empire of Austria, under the Grand Duchy of Tuscany, 1770.

Conte John II Sant Cassia, (1956-, as the 8th Conte.

Nobile Miles Damant Sant Cassia, (1990-, as the Contino Sant.

 

3. Maltese nobility presented to the British Royal commission though have other “Claimants”.
 

No.

Title, (link to the full list of holders).

Creation

Claimant

Claim to title

Heir

1.

Barony of Djar il-Bniet e Buqana.

Kingdom of Sicily, 1350 and 1372.

Principe Giuseppe Said, (1949-, as the 23rd Barone.

Direct descendants of the 13th Barone (d. 1682)

Conte Charles Said-Vassallo, (1971-, as the Baroncino.

2.

Barony of Gomerino.

Knights of St John, 1710.

Nobile Christopher Testaferrata Moroni Viani, (1964-. As the 11th Baron.

Direct male descendants of the 5th Baron.

Nobile Stephen Testaferrata Moroni Viani, (1994-, as the Baroncino.

3.

Barony of San Marciano.

Knights of St John, 1726.

Nobile James Galea Testaferrata, (1960-, as the 14th Baron.

Direct male descendant of the 8thBaron.

Nobile Dr Simon Galea Testaferrata LLD, (1970, as the Baroncino.

4.

Barony of Tabria.

Knights of St John, 1728.

Nobile Christopher Testaferrata Moroni Viani, (1964-, as the 10th Baron.

Senior male descendants of the 5th Baron.

Nobile Stephen Testaferrata Moroni Viani, (1994-, as the Baroncino.

4. 

Barony of Tabria.

Knights of St John, 1728.

Marchese Philip Bugeja Viani, (1964-, as the 12th Baron.

Eldest Son of the 11thBaroness.

Marchese Julian Bugeja Viani, (1967-, as the Baroncino.

5.

Marquis of St George.

Knights of St John, 1778, 1779, 1792.

Dr Anthony Cremona Barbaro LLD, as the 8th Marquis.

Eldest grandson of the 6th Marquis.

 

6.

Counts of Beberrua.

Knights of St John, 1783.

Nobile Paul Deguara Caruana Gatto, (1959-, as the 9th Count.

Senior kinsperson to the 6th Count.

Nobile Henry Deguara Caruana Gatto, (1960-.

7.

Marquis of Fiddien.

Knights of St John, 1793.

Nobile Jean Curmi, (1952-, as the 9th Marquis.

Senior Kinsperson of the 8th Marquis. 

Nobile Matthew Curmi, (1991-, as the Marchesino.

7.

Marquis of Fiddien.

Knights of St John, 1793.

Nobile William II Mallia, (1950-, as the 9th Marquis.

Senior male desendant in the male line of the 7thMarquis.

Nobile Jason Mallia, (1995-.

4. Maltese nobility never presented to the British Royal commission though styled “de Jure”

No

Title, (link to the full list of holders).

Creation

Current Holder

Current Heir

1.

Barony of Ghajn Rihani.

Kingdom of Sicily, 1360

Principe Giuseppe Said, (1949- as the 37th Barone

Conte Charles Said-Vassallo, (1971-, as the Baroncino di Ghajn Rihani.

2.

Barony of Delimara.

Kingdom of Sicily, 1370

Donna Carla Costanza Malaspina, (1975-, as the 31st Baronessa.

Don Scipione Costanzo di Paganica, (2012-, as the Baroncino.

3. 

Signores di Mugiarro.

Kingdom of Sicily, 1442.

Principe Giuseppe Said, (1949-, as the 19th Signore.

Conte Charles Said-Vassallo, (1971-, as the Heir.

4. 

Barony di Tal-Baccar or Baccari.

Kingdom of Sicily, 1508.

Conte Francis Xavier Said, (1946-, as the 17th Barone.

Conte Paul Said, (1975, as the Baroncino.

5. 

Barony of Frigenuini.

Knights of Malta 1737.

Nobile Mary Doris Vassallo Said, (1953- as the 11th Baroness.

Conte Charles Said-Vassallo, (1971, as the Baroncino.

 

5. Maltese nobility presented to the British Royal commission though the title is “extended to descendants”

 

No.

Title, (link to the full list of holders).

Creation

Claimants

Claim to title

1.

Marquis Testaferrata (Testaferrata Olivier).

Knights of St John, 1745.

All legitimate male to male descendants of the 1st Marquis of San Vincenzo Ferreri can style the title of Marchese, females for life only.

Not acknowledged by the British Royal Commission.

2.

Marquis Testaferrata (Cassar de Sain).

Knights of St John, 1745.

All legitimate male to male descendants of the 1st Marquis of San Vincenzo Ferreri can style the title of Marchese, females for life only.

Not acknowledged by the British Royal Commission.

3.

Marquis of St George (San Giorgio).

Knights of St John, 1792.

All legitimate male to male descendants of the 2nd Marquis of St George can style the title of Marchese, females for life only.

Not acknowledged by the British Royal Commission.

4.

Marquis of Taflia.

Knights of St John, 1790.

All legitimate descendants of the 1st Marquis, can style the title of Marchese or Marchesa.

Not Acknowledged by the British Royal Commission.

5.

Counts of Ghajn Tuffieha.

Knights of St John, 1792.

All legitimate male to male descendants of the 1st Count can style the title of Conte, females for life only.

Not Acknowledged by the British Royal Commission.

6.

Marquis of Gnien is-Sultan.

Knights of St John, 1792.

All legitimate male to male descendants of the 1st Marchese can style the title of Marchese, female for life only.,

Not Acknowledged by the British Royal Commission.

 

6. Maltese nobility that are “Dormant”

 

No

Title, (link to the full list of holders).

Creation

Last Holder

Current Heir

1.

Barony of Ginelfar, Misulup and Saqqajja.

Kingdom of Sicily, 1361.

Nobile Giulio Attard, (c. 1815), as the 16th Barone.

2.

Barony di Bontempu sives Bellera.

Kingdom of Sicily 1398.

Milite Edoardo di Bellara, (d. 1563), as the 8thBarone.

3.

Barony Calafato.

Kingdom of Sicily 1398.

Nobile Pietro Calafato, (c. 1752), as the 12th Barone.

4. 

Barony di Rayava e Salamuni.

Kingdom of Sicily 1408

Dona Beatrice Mazzara d’Aragona, (d. 1480).

5.

Signore di la Guardia.

Kingdom of Sicily, 1437.

Conte Gio Maria Zammit, (1735), 13th Signore.

6. 

Signore di San Giorgio e Mizieb il-Rih.

Kingdom of Sicily, 1447.

Don Emmanuele Inguanez, (d. 1858), as the 10th Signore.

7.

Signore di San Martino.

Kingdom of Sicily 1466.

Don Emmanuele Inguanez, (d. 1858), as the 9th Signore.

8.

Barone Rapa.

Kingdom of Sicily 1453

Nobile Rosaria Mifsud, (c. 1830), as the 15th Baroness.

9.

Barone di Pietra Longa.

Knights of Malta, 1553.

Nobile Lucio Costa Maldonato, (1685-), as the 6th Barone.

10.

Baron d’Avola.

Knights of Malta, 1566.

Don Giorgio d’Avola, (c. 1694), as the 7th Barone.

11.

Signores di Qlejja.

Knights of Malta, 1569.

Nobile Gio Giacomo Desclaus, (d. 1721), as the 9th Signore.

12.

Marchese di Xrobb il-Ghajn.

Knights of Malta, 1776.

Nobile Antonio Moscati, (d. 1861), as the 4th Marchese.

13. 

Barony of San Giovanni.

Kingdom of Sicily, 1657.

Nobile Rosaria Mifsud Buhagiar, (c. 1830).

14.

Conte Magri.

Papal city, 1730.

Nobile George Magro Capece, (d. 1878), as the 6th Conte.

15.

Barone Barbara.

Murat’s Kingdom of Naples, 1813.

Nobile Giusto Barbara, (c. 1919).

 

7. Foreign Maltese nobility not present to the British Royal Commission:

 

No

Title, (link to the full list of holders).

Creation

Current Holder

Current Heir

1.

Kingdom of Cyprus.

1192

Principe Giuseppe Said, (1949-, Senior claimant of de Lusignan of Cyprus.

Conte Charles Said-Vassallo, (1971-.

2.

Feudal Barony of Bauvso Kingdom of Sicily, 1296. Nobile Robert XII Vassallo, (1962-, as the 29thBarone. Nobile Peter Vassallo, (1987-, as the Baroncino.
3. Baron de Ortigos del Panades. Kingdom of Aragon, 1378.  Contessa Caroline Dingli Attard Brown, (1982-, as the 19th Baroness. Contessa Genevieve Imperia Dingli Attard Inguanez Brown, (2015-, as the Baroncesscina di Ortigos.

4.

Principality of Mystra.

Byzantine Empire, 1443.

Conte Jean V Pierre Chapelle Paleologo, (1975-, as the 25th Prince.

A senior male descendant of John Alfred Chapelle.

5. 

Despot (Principality) of Selimbria

Byzantine Empire, 1407.

Conte Dr Alexander Borg OIivier LLD, as the 24th Prince.

Conte Stefano Borg Olivier, (1990-.

6.

Principe Ottomani (de Sayd).

Knights of St John, 1482,

Kingdom of France, 1484,

Papal City, 1492.

Holy Roman Empire, 1492. 

Principe Giuseppe Said, (1949-, as the 17th Principe.

Conte Charles Said-Vassallo, (1971-.

7. 

Visconte de Sayd.

Kingdom of Naples, 1509.

Don Jaden Paul Said, (1989-, as the 17th Visconte.

Don Mark Andrew Said, (1961-.

8.

Feudal Barony of Montagna di Marzo.

Kingdom of Sicily, 1522.

Nobile Dr Alexander Trigona LLD, as the 16th Barone.

A senior male descendant of Conrad Sceberras.

9.

Feudal Barony of Bibino Magno.

Kingdom of Sicily 1544

Don Jayden Paul Said, (1989-, as the 17th Barone.

Don Mark Andrew Said, (1961-, as the Baroncino.

10.

Principe di Bibino Magno.

Kingdom of Sicily, 1599.

Principe Giuseppe Said, (1949-, 10th Principe.

Conte Charles Said-Vassallo, (1971-.

11.   

Barony of San Paolino.

Kingdom of Sicily, 1638.

Conte Dr John Attard Montalto LLD, 12th Barone.

Conte Martin Attard Montalto, (1960-.

12.

Conte de Cassandola.

King of Sicily, 1685.

Don Robert Stagno Navarra, (1941-, as the 11th Conte.

Don Robert Bradley Stagno Navarra, (1965-, as the Contino.

13.

Marchese Testaferrata.

Kingdom of Sicily 1717.

Marchese Joseph Philip Testaferrata Bonici, (1951-, as the 9th Marchese.

A male descendant of Marchese Publio Testaferrata and Regina Galizia.

14.

Conte Ciantar.

Kingdom of Portugal, 1739;

Kingdom of France, 1745;

Nobile Joseph Nicosia Turnbull, (1941-, as the 10th Conte.

Nobile Paul Nicosia Turnbull, (1965-, as the Contino.

15.

Duca di Paganica.

Kingdom of Naples and Sicily

Don Scipione II Costanzo, (1952-, as the 11th Duca.

Don Giovanni III Costanzo, (1978-, as heir.

16.

Freiherr de Pausier.

Empire of Austria, under the Grand Duchy of Tuscany, 1768.

Conte Stephen Sant Fournier, (1965-, as the 9th Freiherr (Barone).

Conte Connor Sant Fournier, (1999-, as the Baroncino de Pausier.

17.

Conte Palatine Sant.

Papal City, 1769.

Conte John II Sant Cassia, (1956-, as the 8th Conte

Nobile Miles Damant Sant Cassia, (1990-.

18.

Graaf von Santa Sofia.

Principality of Orange, 1776.

Conte Michael Formosa Gauci, (1958-, as the 7th Graaf.

Conte Josef Formosa Gauci, (1968-, as heir.

19.

Graf von Zimmermann.

Holy Roman Empire, 1790.

Marchese James St George, (1948-, as the 6th Graf.

Marchese Mark St George, as heir.

20.

Conte di San Paolino d’Aquilejo.

Kingdom of Two-Sicilies, 1819.

Nobile Charles Vella Bonavita, (1945-, as the 7th Conte.

Nobile Dr Roger Vella Bonavita Ph.D, (1940-, as Contino.

21.

Marchese Scicluna.

Papal City, 1878.

Nobile Marcus Scicluna Marshall, (1956-, as the 4th Marchese.

Nobile Marcus Scicluna Marshall, (1975-, as the Marchesino.

22.

Earl Fournier.

United Kingdom, 1878.

Conte Stephen Sant Fournier, (1965-, as the 6th Earl Fournier.

Conte Tyler Sant Fournier, (1997-, as heir.

23.

Marchese Bugeja.

Papal city, 1891.

Nobile Walter Ellul Bonici, (1954-, as the 3rd Marchese.

Nobile Salvino Ellul Bonici, (1984-, as the Marchesino.

24.

Conte Tagliaferro.

Papal city, 1892.

Conte Simon Sant Fournier, (1972-.

Conte Gregory Sant Fournier, (2009-, as the Contino.

25.

Conte Mattei.

Papal City, 1899.

Conte Joseph Mattei, (1977-., as 4th Marchese.

26.

Conte Bernard.

Papal City 1906.

Conte Marc Bernard, (1959-, as the 5th Conte.

Conte Mylo Bernardo.

 

8. Foreign nobility not presented to the British Royal commission though the title is “extended to descendants”
 

No.

Title, (link to the full list of holders).

Creation

Claimants

Claim to title

1.

Counts of the Byzantine Empire (alias Conte Vassallo Paleologo). 

Byzantine Empire, 1320, 1349.

Lords of Lesbos, 1380.

Kingdom of Cyprus, 1405.

Kingdom of Sicily, 1455, 1487.

Knights of Malta, 1623.

All legitimate descendants.

Not acknowledged by the British Royal Commission.

2.

Marchese Testaferrata.

Kingdom of Sicily, 1717.

All legitimate male to male descendants of the 1st Marchese, female for life only.

Not acknowledged by the British Royal Commission.

3.

Conte Palatine Sant.

Papal City, 1769.

All legitimate male to male descendants.

Not acknowledged by the British Royal Commission.

4.

Freiherr von Brockdorff.

Holy Roman Empire, 1432.

All legitimate male to male descendants.

Not acknowledged by the British Royal Commission.

 

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