The Most Ridiculous Titles of Nobility in History  

Jacob Shelton
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The concept of nobility is kind of silly. Just because your great-great grandfather was a Duke doesn’t mean that you should get a fancy title yourself. But some people just need an official nickname to make themselves feel important, and that kind of thinking is why there are so many weird royal titles floating around. Some of the titles were placed on the heads of the nobles by their family members, and some of the funny royal titles were given by their constituents and friends who were critical of their policies – and the names kind of stuck. If you’re tangentially related to nobility and need some inspiration for what to call yourself, check out these weird royal titles in history and get to brainstorming.

There are all sorts of silly nicknames and titles in the world of royalty, but some members of the royal family of England have taken their weird noble titles too far – so much so that some can't even be shared in print. As you’ll soon come to find, there’s one modern royal who has so many titles that it would take a paragraph just to type them all down. There are definitely some head scratchers in these weird titles of nobility, and the less effectual the noble is, the more sarcastic the title sounds. As you read these silly nobility titles, think about what you’d like to be called and share it in the comments.

Vote on the strangest, silliest, and most insane titles held by royals and nobility throughout history.

Kim Jong-il is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Ridiculous Titles of Nobility in History
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Kim Jong-il had A LOT of nicknames, most of them developed by the Central Committee of the Workers Party of Korea.

Kim Jong-il was the Supreme Leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, commonly referred to as North Korea, from 1994 to 2011. By the early 1980s Kim had become the heir apparent for the leadership of the country and assumed important posts in the party and army organs. He succeeded his father and founder of the DPRK, Kim Il-sung, following the elder Kim's death in 1994. Kim Jong-il was the General Secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea, Chairman of the National Defence Commission of North Korea, and the Supreme Commander of the Korean People's Army, the fourth-largest standing army in the world. Kim's leadership is thought to have been even more dictatorial than his ...more on Wikipedia

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Elizabeth II is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Ridiculous Titles of Nobility in History
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According to the State of Nebraska, where the government has been handing out unusual titles for decades, Queen Elizabeth shares the title of Admiral of the Nebraska Navy with such luminaries as Bill Murray and Ann Landers.

Elizabeth II is the Queen of 16 of the 53 member states in the Commonwealth of Nations. She is Head of the Commonwealth and Supreme Governor of the Church of England. Upon her accession on 6 February 1952, Elizabeth became Head of the Commonwealth and queen regnant of seven independent Commonwealth countries: the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Pakistan and Ceylon. Her coronation the following year was the first to be televised. From 1956 to 1992, the number of her realms varied as territories gained independence and some realms became republics. Today, in addition to the first four of the aforementioned countries, Elizabeth is Queen of Jamaica, Barbados, the ...more on Wikipedia

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Hugh "Wearing a Cape" ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Ridiculous Titles of Nobility in History
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Hugh "Wearing a Cape" Capet of France

Crowned King of France on July 3, 987, Hugh was the first of the Capetian dynasty to rule France and apparently he really liked to wear capes. Even if it was only a one-time thing, the people of France got the idea of a cape-wearing Hugh stuck in their minds because it's the only thing people remember about him now.  

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Charles II of England is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Ridiculous Titles of Nobility in History
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People did not like Charles II. He took taxpayers' money and spent it on his mistresses and illegitimate children, and he was even exiled from England for a little while. He was such a blight on England that he had a little rhyme written about him after he died: "Here lies our mutton-eating king, Whose word no man relies on; He never said a foolish thing, And never did a wise on."

Charles II was King of the three kingdoms of England, Scotland, and Ireland. Charles II's father, Charles I, was executed at Whitehall on 30 January 1649, at the climax of the English Civil War. Although the Parliament of Scotland proclaimed Charles II King on 5 February 1649, England entered the period known as the English Interregnum or the English Commonwealth, and the country was a de facto republic, led by Oliver Cromwell. Cromwell defeated Charles II at the Battle of Worcester on 3 September 1651, and Charles fled to mainland Europe. Cromwell became virtual dictator of England, Scotland and Ireland, and Charles spent the next nine years in exile in France, the Dutch Republic, and the ...more on Wikipedia

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