Which Country's Nobility has the Coolest Surnames?

Wolff von Todenwarth   Thu May 20, 2010 6:03 pm GMT
I agree.
Prinz Albert   Thu May 20, 2010 8:09 pm GMT
That's 'von Thurn und Taxis' (the 's' got cut off)
Todd Wolf   Thu May 20, 2010 9:47 pm GMT
Sir Andrew Peter Monro Walker-Okeover of Gateaker
F. Voss de Fossenfeldt   Fri May 21, 2010 11:48 am GMT
Because the Taxis name originally was Italian (Tasso, meaning "badger"), Von Thurn and Taxis supports the theory that names from foreign languages make up the most emblematic noble names.
F. Voss de Fossenfeldt   Fri May 21, 2010 11:50 am GMT
And what's the deal with Hungarian noble names with a "de", e.g. Rhédey de Kis-Rhéde, considering that "de" means "but" in Hungarian! Was it just copied from French or Latin?
Oblada   Thu May 27, 2010 11:29 pm GMT
This is it, the answer is simple: French, and this is why;
F. Voss de Fossenfeldt   Tue Jun 15, 2010 8:35 am GMT
With the future ascent of the House of Westling (armigerous since yesterday!) Sweden will soon have a dynasty with an -ing name for the first time since the phallic Ynglings.