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The Most Ridiculous Titles of Nobility in History  

Jacob Shelton
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List Rules Vote up the strangest, silliest, and most insane titles held by royals and nobility throughout history.

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.

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Hugh "Wearing a Cape" ... is listed (or ranked) 2 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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Elizabeth II is listed (or ranked) 3 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.

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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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Charles II of England, "The Mutton Eating King"

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."

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