Titles of Nobility

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The tables below offer an approximate ranking of titles in different cultural areas of the globe.

European Emperor King Prime-Minister Grand Duke Prince Duke Marquis Margrave Count Viscount Baron
Swedish-Russian Tsar Altkansler Grand Duke Tsesarevich$ Duke Count Jarl Baron
Kievian Prince Duke Boyar Count Baron
Arabian Caliph Sultan Vizier Emir
Turkish Sultan es Selatin Khan Vizier Bey
Persian Shahanshah Shah Vizier Shahzadeh Sirdar
Indian Maharaja Rajah Raj
Mongol Gurkhan Khagan Khan Ilkhan Khan Noyan Noyan Noyan
Chinese Huangdi Wang Huang Taizi$ Gong Hou Bo Zi Nan
Japanese Tenno no Nihon Sōridaijin Kōtaishi$ Kōshaku Kōshaku% Hakushaku Shishaku Danshaku
Méxica Huey Tlatoani Cihuacoatl Tlatoani Tlatocapilli$ Huey Tecutli Tecutli Huey Pilli Tlazo-Pilli Pilli


  •  % Represented with a different Chinese character.
  • $ Title of a son of the Emperor or King.


  • European titles were also exported to the Catholic Amerikas and Hussite India.
  • In many regions colonised or influenced by the Japanese, Daimyo is used for the nobility. The Japanese ranks are based on the system implemented in Japan in the late 19th century.
  • In Oceania many Japanese titles are used, though Kahuna is applied to any noble, ranging from an Emperor to a Baron.
  • Among the Méxica the hereditary nobility are the pipiltin. Editor's Note: Méxica ranks of nobility would have been influenced by Nisei and later by European ranks and titles. Although pilli means prince the pipiltin ranked below the tecutli, the Lords. Therefore part of the Méxica list is a best-guess. See the Discussion page.
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