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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.
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Updated: 19-09-2021.
 
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 and Distinctions 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.
Kingdom of Sicily, 1350
Marchese Francesco Apap Bologna, (1963-, 24th Baron.
Marchese James Apap Bologna, Baroncino di Djar il-Bniet, (1971-.
2.
Kingdom of Sicily, 1372.
Marchese Francesco Apap Bologna, (1963-, as the 24th Baron.
Marchese James Apap Bologna, Baroncino di Buqana, (1971-.
3.
Knights of Malta, 1638.
Conte John Sant Cassia, (1956-, as the 13th Baron.
Contessa Chiara Sant Cassia Damant, (1957-, as the Baronessina.
4
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.
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.
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.
Knights of Malta 1728.
Nobile Marie Christine Ramsay de Miniac Pergola, (1948-, as the 13th Baroness.
Nobile Justine Corinne Pergola, as the Baroncina.
8.
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.
Knights of Malta, 1737.
Conte Paul Kitson Attard Montalto, (1949, as the 10th Baron.
Conte Paul Kitson, (1978- as the Contino.
10.
Knights of Malta 1743.
Don Salvatore Consoli Palermo Navarra, (1962-, as the 9th Conte.
Donna Gabriella Consoli, (1956-, as the Continessa.
11.
Knights of Malta 1745.
Marchese Jean Paul Jr Olivier, (1929-., as the 8th Marquis.
Marchese Mark Thomas Olivier, (1955-, as the Marchesino.
12.
Knights of Malta 1745.
Nobile Henry Charles Hornyold Strickland, (1951-, as the 8th Count.
Nobile Hugo Hornyold Strickland, (1979-, as the Contino.
13.
Knights of Malta 1749.
Marchese Mark Cassar de Sain, (1965-, as the 12th Marquis.
Marchese Max Cassar de Sain, (2002-, as the Marchesino.
14.
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.
Knights of Malta 1783.
Nobile Godfrey Caruana Gatto, (1955-, as the 9th Count.
Nobile Tom Caruana Gatto Macdonald, (1976-, as the Contino.
16.
Knights of Malta 1778, 1779 & 1792.
Marchese James St George, (1948-, as the 8th Marquis.
Marchese Mark St George, as the Marchesino.
17. 
Knights of Malta 1793.
Dr Michael Laferla , (1984-, as the 10th Marquis.
Nobile Jan Laferla, as the Marchesino.
18.
Knights of Malta 1790.
Marchesa Cheryle Runnacles, (1958-, as the 8th Marchioness.
Not known.
19.
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.
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.
Knights of Malta 1794.
Conte Daniel Borg Carbott, (1964-., as the 10th Baron.
Conte Luke Borg Carbott, (1992-, as the Baroncino.
22. 
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.
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.
Kingdom of Naples, 1560.
Nobile Carole Anne Sceberras Trigona, (1942-, as the 19th Baroness.
Nobile Anne Maria Sceberras Trigona, (1952-.
2.
Kingdom of Spain, 1742.
Vacant or expired.
see link for claimants.
3.
Kingdom of Two-Sicilies, 1777.
Nobile Kenneth Chapelle, (1948-, as the 8th Barone.                        
 
4.
Papal city, 1711.
Conte Jean Pierre Chapelle Paleologo, (1975-, as the 10th Conte.
Contessa Annah Chapelle Paleologo, (2002-, as the Continessa.
5.
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.
Kingdom of Sicily, 1718.
Conte Dr Josef Preziosi MRCS, (1953-, as the 10th Conte.
Contessa Marie Christine Preziosi, (1980, as the Continessa.
7.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 
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.
Knights of St John, 1778, 1779, 1792.
Dr Anthony Cremona Barbaro LLD, as the 8th Marquis.
Eldest grandson of the 6th Marquis.
 
6.
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.
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.
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.
Kingdom of Sicily, 1360
Principe Giuseppe Said, (1949- as the 37th Barone
Conte Charles Said-Vassallo, (1971-, as the Baroncino di Ghajn Rihani.
2.
Kingdom of Sicily, 1370
Donna Carla Costanza Malaspina, (1975-, as the 31st Baronessa.
Don Scipione Costanzo di Paganica, (2012-, as the Baroncino.
3. 
Kingdom of Sicily, 1442.
Principe Giuseppe Said, (1949-, as the 19th Signore.
Conte Charles Said-Vassallo, (1971-, as the Heir.
4. 
Kingdom of Sicily, 1508.
Conte Francis Xavier Said, (1946-, as the 17th Barone.
Conte Paul Said, (1975, as the Baroncino.
5. 
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kingdom of Sicily, 1361.
Nobile Giulio Attard, (c. 1815), as the 16th Barone.
2.
Kingdom of Sicily 1398.
Milite Edoardo di Bellara, (d. 1563), as the 8thBarone.
3.
Kingdom of Sicily 1398.
Nobile Pietro Calafato, (c. 1752), as the 12th Barone.
4. 
Kingdom of Sicily 1408
Dona Beatrice Mazzara d’Aragona, (d. 1480).
5.
Kingdom of Sicily, 1437.
Conte Gio Maria Zammit, (1735), 13th Signore.
6. 
Kingdom of Sicily, 1447.
Don Emmanuele Inguanez, (d. 1858), as the 10th Signore.
7.
Kingdom of Sicily 1466.
Don Emmanuele Inguanez, (d. 1858), as the 9th Signore.
8.
Kingdom of Sicily 1453
Nobile Rosaria Mifsud, (c. 1830), as the 15th Baroness.
9.
Knights of Malta, 1553.
Nobile Grazia Micallef Borg, (d. 1875), as the 13th Baroness.
10.
Knights of Malta, 1566.
Don Giorgio d’Avola, (c. 1694), as the 7th Barone.
11.
Knights of Malta, 1569.
Nobile Gio Giacomo Desclaus, (d. 1721), as the 9th Signore.
12.
Knights of Malta, 1776.
Nobile Antonio Moscati, (d. 1861), as the 4th Marchese.
13. 
Kingdom of Sicily, 1657.
Nobile Rosaria Mifsud Buhagiar, (c. 1830).
14.
Papal city, 1730.
Nobile George Magro Capece, (d. 1878), as the 6th Conte.
15.
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.
1192
Principe Giuseppe Said, (1949-, Senior claimant of de Lusignan of Cyprus.
Conte Charles Said-Vassallo, (1971-.
 
 
 
 
 
2.
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.
3.
Byzantine Empire, 1443.
Conte Jean V Pierre Chapelle Paleologo, (1975-, as the 25th Prince.
A senior male descendant of John Alfred Chapelle.
4. 
Byzantine Empire, 1407.
Conte Dr Alexander Borg OIivier LLD, as the 24th Prince.
Conte Stefano Borg Olivier, (1990-.
5.
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-.
6. 
Kingdom of Naples, 1509.
Don Jaden Paul Said, (1989-, as the 17th Visconte.
Don Mark Andrew Said, (1961-.
7.
Kingdom of Sicily, 1522.
Nobile Dr Alexander Trigona LLD, as the 16th Barone.
A senior male descendant of Conrad Sceberras.
8.
Kingdom of Sicily 1544
Don Jayden Paul Said, (1989-, as the 17th Barone.
Don Mark Andrew Said, (1961-, as the Baroncino.
9.
Kingdom of Sicily, 1599.
Principe Giuseppe Said, (1949-, 10th Principe.
Conte Charles Said-Vassallo, (1971-.
10.   
Kingdom of Sicily, 1638.
Conte Dr John Attard Montalto LLD, 12th Barone.
Conte Martin Attard Montalto, (1960-.
11.
King of Sicily, 1685.
Don Robert Stagno Navarra, (1941-, as the 11th Conte.
Don Robert Bradley Stagno Navarra, (1965-, as the Contino.
12.
Kingdom of Sicily 1717.
Marchese Joseph Philip Testaferrata Bonici, (1951-, as the 9th Marchese.
A male descendant of Marchese Publio Testaferrata and Regina Galizia.
13.
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.
14.
Kingdom of Naples and Sicily
Don Scipione II Costanzo, (1952-, as the 11th Duca.
Don Giovanni III Costanzo, (1978-, as heir.
15.
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.
16.
Papal City, 1769.
Conte John II Sant Cassia, (1956-, as the 8th Conte
Conte Francis Sant Cassia, (1949-.
17.
Principality of Orange, 1776.
Conte Michael Formosa Gauci, (1958-, as the 7th Graaf.
Conte Josef Formosa Gauci, (1968-, as heir.
18.
Holy Roman Empire, 1790.
Marchese James St George, (1948-, as the 6th Graf.
Marchese Mark St George, as heir.
19.
Kingdom of Two-Sicilies, 1819.
Nobile Charles Vella Bonavita, (1945-, as the 7th Conte.
Nobile Dr Roger Vella Bonavita Ph.D, (1940-, as Contino.
20.
Papal City, 1878.
Nobile Marcus Scicluna Marshall, (1956-, as the 4th Marchese.
Nobile Marcus Scicluna Marshall, (1975-, as the Marchesino.
21.
United Kingdom, 1878.
Conte Stephen Sant Fournier, (1965-, as the 6th Earl Fournier.
Conte Tyler Sant Fournier, (1997-, as heir.
22.
Papal city, 1891.
Nobile Walter Ellul Bonici, (1954-, as the 3rd Marchese.
Nobile Salvino Ellul Bonici, (1984-, as the Marchesino.
23.
Papal city, 1892.
Conte Simon Sant Fournier, (1972-.
Conte Gregory Sant Fournier, (2009-, as the Contino.
24.
Papal City, 1899.
Conte Joseph Mattei, (1977-., as 4th Marchese.
25.
Papal City 1906.
Conte Marc Bernard, (1959-, as the 5th Conte.
Conte Mylo Bernardo.

8. Foreign nobility and Distinctions 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.
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.
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.
Papal City, 1769.
All legitimate male to male descendants.
Not acknowledged by the British Royal Commission.
4.
Holy Roman Empire, 1432.
All legitimate male to male descendants.    
Not acknowledged by the British Royal Commission.                    
5.
Doge of Veneta, 1275.
Giovanni, Tommaso and Marco Barbaro.
All legitimate male to male descendants.    
Not acknowledged by the British Royal Commission.                    
6.
Citta Messina, 20-12-1553.
Nobile Mario Testaferrata.
All legitimate male to male descendants.    
Not acknowledged by the British Royal Commission.                    
7.
Senate of Roma, 22-05-1590.
Nobile Mgro Leonardo Abela, Nobile Placidio Abela, Nobile Alessandro Abela, Pietro di Ferro, Nobile Ascano Surdo, Nobile Paolo Testaferrata.
All legitimate male to male descendants.    
Not acknowledged by the British Royal Commission.                    
8.
Citta Messina, 1603.
Nobile Giuseppe Stagno, 
All legitimate male to male descendants.    
Not acknowledged by the British Royal Commission.                    
9.
Holy Roman Empire, 30-3-1596.
General Tommaso Barbara.
All legitimate descendants.    
Not acknowledged by the British Royal Commission.                    
10.
(Noble Tornearius and Armiger of the Holy Roman Empire).
Holy Roman Empire, 6-11-1637.
Nobile Giacomo Testaferrata de Robertis,
All legitimate male to male descendants.    
Not acknowledged by the British Royal Commission.                    
11.
Senate of Roma, 6-7-1674.
Nobile Mario Testaferrata de Robertis,
All legitimate male to male descendants.    
Not acknowledged by the British Royal Commission.                    
12.
(Noble Tornearius and Armiger of the Holy Roman Empire)
Holy Roman Empire, 19-11-1698.
Massilimiano Balsano,
All legitimate male to male descendants.    
Not acknowledged by the British Royal Commission.                    
13.
Senate of Roma, Oct 1735, 1744.
Conte Ignazio Wizzini Paleologo, Conte Serafino Ciantar.
All legitimate male to male descendants.    
Not acknowledged by the British Royal Commission.                    
14.
Citta Messina, 1792.
Marchese Don Mario Testaferrata Castelletti, Marchese Don Daniele Testaferrata Castelletti, Marchese Don Pandolfo Testaferrata de Noto, Barone Pietro Paolo Testaferrata Abela.
All legitimate male to male descendants.    
Not acknowledged by the British Royal Commission.                    

 

 

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