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Portuguese nobility

The Portuguese nobility was a social class enshrined in the laws of the Kingdom of Portugal with specific privileges, prerogatives, obligations and regulations. The nobility ranked immediately after royalty and was itself subdivided into a number ...

Marquis of Abrantes

Marquess of Abrantes was a Portuguese title of nobility, granted by a decree issued by King John V of Portugal on 24 June 1718, to Rodrigo Anes de Sa Almeida e Menezes, 3rd Marquess of Fontes and 7th Count of Penaguião. In that date, Rodrigos tit ...

Mendo Alão

Mendo Alão, Lord of Vila de Bragança, was a medieval knight of the 11th century. He served as a Monk in the Monastery of São Salvador de Castro de Avelãs, Portugal.

Lopo Soares de Albergaria

Lopo Soares de Albergaria was the third Governor of Portuguese India, having reached India in 1515 to supersede governor Afonso de Albuquerque.

Duke of Albuquerque

The title Duke of Albuquerque was created under the royal decree of May 19, 1886, of king Luis I of Portugal in favour of Dom João Afonso da Costa de Sousa de Macedo, 2nd Count of Mesquitela and 4th Viscount of Mesquitela.

Luis de Alpoim

Luis was born in Portugal, son of Gomes de Alpoim, a knight of Afonso III of Portugal and Ximena Pereira, daughter of Gonçalo Pereira, Lord of Castro Verde. His wife was Dominga Cabral, daughter of João de Sella Cabral, Lord of Pinhel. Alpoim was ...

Marquis of Angeja

Count of Vila Verde was a Portuguese title of nobility created by a royal decree, dated from December 10, 1654, by King John IV of Portugal, and granted to Dom Antonio de Noronha, 12th Lord of Vila Verde. Antonio de Noronha descended from Pedro d ...

Duke of Aveiro

The Dukedom of Aveiro was an aristocratic Portuguese title, granted in 1535 by King John III of Portugal to his 4th cousin, John of Lencastre, son of Infante George of Lencastre, a natural son of King John II of Portugal. John of Lencastre was al ...

Duke of Avila and Bolama

This was a Portuguese Nobility title granted by King Luis I of Portugal to Antonio Jose de Avila, 1st Duke of Avila and Bolama, a remarkable Portuguese politician and ambassador during the liberal period. Originally, the title was granted, in 186 ...

Duke of Barcelos

The Dukes of Barcelos was a title of nobility granted by King Sebastian of Portugal on 5 August 1562 to the heir of the Duke of Braganza. After the Braganza accession to the throne, the title continued to be the title of the heir of the Duke of B ...

Count of Barcelos

Count of Barcelos is a title of nobility, the first to be granted in Portugal. It was created in 1298 by king Denis I and initially it was a non hereditary title, although most of the holders belonged to the Teles de Menezes family. It was only a ...

Duke of Beja

Infante João, 3rd Duke of Viseu 1448–1472, Infante Fernandos eldest son; King João VI 1767–1826, Queen Maria Is and King Pedro IIIs third son second surviving in 1786; King Manuel I 1469–1521, Infante Fernandos seventh son third surviving; King P ...

Duke of Braganza

The title Duke of Braganza in the House of Braganza is one of the most important titles in the peerage of Portugal. Starting in 1640, when the House of Braganza acceded to the throne of Portugal, the male heir of the Portuguese Crown were known a ...

Princess of Brazil

This is a list of Princesses of Brazil, from 1645 to 1815, both by marriage and birth. The title was preceded by the titles Princess of Portugal and succeed by Princess Royal of Portugal. The title was created by King John IV of Portugal on 27 Oc ...

Duke of Caminha

Duke of Caminha was a title created by royal decree, dated 14 December 1620, by King Philip III of Portugal for Dom Miguel Luis de Menezes, 6th Marquis of Vila Real and 8th Count of Vila Real. He was the eldest son of Manuel de Menezes, Duke of V ...

Camões family

It seems that this surname had its origin from the Palace of Camauda, of which makes mention Gonzalo Argote de Molina, which is in the Kingdom of Navarre in land of the Basques, corrupted from Camanda to Camoens, from where they passed to Galicia ...

Marquis of Castelo Rodrigo

Marquis of Castelo Rodrigo was a title of Portuguese nobility created by Philip II of Portugal on January 29, 1600 for Dom Cristovão de Moura, 1st Count of Castelo Rodrigo. The Moura family claimed its origin from the re-conquest of Moura from th ...

Duke of Coimbra

Duke of Coimbra was an aristocratic Portuguese title with the level of royal dukedom, that is, associated with the Portuguese royal house, created in 1415, by King John I of Portugal to his 2nd male son, Infante Pedro. Pedro was regent of the kin ...

Count of Arraiolos

Count of Arraiolos is a Portuguese title granted, in 1377 by King Fernando I of Portugal, to Dom Alvaro Pires de Castro, a Galician noble, brother of Inês de Castro. Alvaro Pires de Castro was already Count of Viana when he received this new titl ...

Count of Assumar

Count of Assumar was a Portuguese title of nobility granted, on 30 March 1630, by King Philip III of Portugal, to D. Francisco de Melo, son of Constantino de Bragança, a junior member of the House of Cadaval. As Francisco de Melo supported the ri ...

Count of Atouguia

Count of Atouguia was a Portuguese title of nobility created by a royal decree, dated from 17 December 1448, by King Afonso V of Portugal, and granted to D. Alvaro Gonçalves de Ataide. This title became extinct due to the 11th Count involvement i ...

Count of Avintes

Count of Avintes is a Portuguese title of nobility created by Letters Patent of King Afonso VI of Portugal on 17 February 1664 for D. Luis de Almeida, 5th Lord of Avintes. The title was conferred in perpetuity upon the 4th Count by King Jose I of ...

Count of Ourem

Count of Ourem is a Portuguese title granted in 1370 by King Fernando I of Portugal, to Dom João Afonso Telo, uncle of Queen Leonor Teles. Later he also became the fourth Count of Barcelos. The title subsequently passed to Juan Fernandez Andeiro ...

Count of Penaguião

Count of Penaguião is a Portuguese title of nobility, created by King Philip I of Portugal, on 10 February 1583, for Dom João Rodrigues de Sa. The noble family of Sa were elevated as Marquises of Fontes in 1659. By Royal Decree of King John V of ...

Count of Ribeira Grande

The Counts of Ribeira Grande was a title of nobility granted to a hereditary line of nobles from the island of São Miguel in the Portuguese archipelago of the Azores, most closely associated with the Gonçalves da Camara familial line. The title w ...

Count of Tentugal

Count of Tentugal was a Portuguese title of nobility created by a royal decree, dated from 1 January 1504, by King Manuel I of Portugal, and granted to Dom Rodrigo de Melo, son of Alvaro of Braganza and Philippa of Melo. Twenty nine years later, ...

Count of Vila Franca

The Count of Vila Franca was a title of nobility granted to a hereditary line of nobles from the island of São Miguel in the Portuguese archipelago of the Azores, most closely associated with the Gonçalves da Camara familial line. The title was f ...

Cristovão Jacques

Cristovão Jaques, also known as Cristovão Valjaques, was a Portuguese noble of Aragonese descent. He was the illegitimate son of Pero Jaques, and was legitimized by D. João II 1481–1495 and was later made a nobleman by the Royal House of D. Manue ...

De Silva Fernandez de Hijar Portugal family

The House de Silva Fernandez de Hijar Portugal had its origin from the marriage ties of the house de Silva, with the house of Fernandez de Ixar. Marriage ties which created one of the most ancient, important, and richest families of Spain and Por ...

Descendants of John VI of Portugal

The Descendants of John VI of Portugal, of the House of Braganza, would play a role in Portuguese imperial affairs, global royalty, and major historical events of their time. Johns marriage to Carlota Joaquina of Spain, which was not a content on ...

Descendants of Miguel I of Portugal

The Descendants of Miguel I of Portugal, of the House of Braganza, were numerous and left a lasting mark on European royalty. Miguel married Princess Adelaide of Lowenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg and the strategic marriages for all of their children ...

Earl de Cuncolim (Coculim)

The Earl de Coculim is a Portuguese title of nobility created by King Afonso VI of Portugal, by a decree of 3 May 1666, in favour of D. Francisco Mascarenhas, 1st Earl of Coculim. Title holders D. Jose Trazimundo de Mascarenhas Barreto, 7.º Marqu ...

Ñuño Fernandez Lobo

Ñuño Fernandez Lobo was a Portuguese nobleman, who served as conquistador of Tucuman. He obtained land grants in Buenos Aires, where he settled with his family.

Duke of Ficalho

Duke of Ficalho was a Portuguese title of nobility, granted by a decree issued by Queen Maria II of Portugal on May 14, 1836, to Eugenia de Almeida Portugal, 2nd Countess of Ficalho by marriage. She was the eldest daughter of the 3rd Marquis of L ...

Marquess of Fontes

Marquess of Fontes was a Portuguese title of nobility, granted by a decree issued by King Afonso VI of Portugal on 2 January 1659, to D. Francisco de Sa e Menezes, 3rd Count of Penaguião. On 24 June 1718, the 3rd Marquess of Fontes had his title ...

Marquess of Gouveia

Marquess of Gouveia was a Portuguese title of nobility created by King Philip III of Portugal, also known as Philip IV of Spain, by a royal decree dated from January 20, 1625, granted to Manrique da Silva, who already was 6th Count of Portalegre, ...

Duke of Guarda

The title of Duke of Guarda was granted by a royal decree dated from October 5, 1530, by King John III to his younger brother, Infante Ferdinand. Some authors say the Infante was also made Duke of Trancoso in Portuguese, Duque de Trancoso at the ...

Duke of Guimarães

Duke of Guimarães was a Nobility title granted by King Afonso V of Portugal in 1475, to Ferdinand II, 3rd Duke of Braganza. The king just upgraded the previous title of count of Guimarães, that he granted to the same Duke of Braganza, some years ...

House of Abrantes

The House of Abrantes descends from the ancient and noble Almeida family. King Afonso V granted the land around Abrantes to his cousin, Lopo de Almeida, 1st Count of Abrantes in 1476. The title and lands descended in the Almeida family until 1650 ...

João Lourenço da Cunha

João was born in Portugal, son of Martim Lourenço da Cunha and Maria or Margarida Gonçalves de Briteiros, maternal granddaughter of Martim Afonso Chichorro, whose first husband was Martim Afonso de Sousa, having by him a daughter, Beatriz de Sous ...

Duke of Lafões

Duke of Lafões was a Portuguese title of nobility created under the decree of February 17, 1718, of King John V of Portugal and granted to his nephew, Dom Pedro Henrique de Bragança, the building force behind Palacio do Grilo and first son of Inf ...

List of titles and honours of the Portuguese Crown

This List of titles and honours of the Portuguese Crown sets out the many titles of the monarchs of the Kingdom of Portugal while the monarchy was still in place.

Duke of Loule

Duke of Loule is a Portuguese title of nobility created by a royal decree of King Luis I of Portugal, dated from October 3, 1862, to his grand-uncle Nuno Jose Severo de Mendoça Rolim de Moura Barreto, 2nd Marquis of Loule and 9th Count of Vale de ...

Marquess of Loule

Marquess of Loule is a Portuguese title granted by royal decree of Queen Maria I of Portugal, dated from July 6, 1799, to Dom Agostinho Domingos Jose de Mendoça Rolim de Moura Barreto, who already was 8th Count of Vale de Reis. This title was lat ...

Descendants of Manuel I of Portugal

The Descendants of Manuel I of Portugal, of the House of Aviz, left a lasting mark on Portuguese history and royalty, and European history and royalty as a whole. Manuel married three times, each time providing children. He first married Isabel o ...

Manuel Teles da Silva, 3rd Marquis of Alegrete

Manuel Teles da Silva, 3rd Marquis of Alegrete, 4th Count of Vila Maior, was a Portuguese nobleman, statesman, and historian.

Marquess of Lavradio

Marquess of Lavradio is a Portuguese title of nobility created by Letters Patent of King Jose I of Portugal on 18 October 1753 for D. Antonio de Almeida Soares de Portugal, 1st Count of Lavradio and 4th Count of Avintes.

Marquis of Alorna

Marquis of Alorna was a Portuguese title of nobility granted, on 9 November 1748, by King John V of Portugal, to D. Pedro Miguel de Almeida Portugal e Vasconcelos, 3rd Count of Assumar and 44th viceroy of India. Originally, on 24 March 1744, the ...

Marquis of Fronteira

Count of Torre was a Portuguese title of nobility created by a royal decree, dated from July 26, 1638, by King Philip II of Portugal, and granted to Dom Fernando de Mascarenhas, Lord of Rosmaninhal. The new title of Marquis of Fronteira in Portug ...

Marquis of Porto Seguro

Marquis of Porto Seguro was a Portuguese title of nobility created by a royal decree of king Philip III of Portugal dated from 8 April 1627, and granted to D. Afonso of Lencastre, 2nd son of Alvaro of Lencastre, 3rd Duke of Aveiro. Afonso always ...