List of counts of Austria-Hungary

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Countess Elisabeth-Alexandrine de Ficquelmont, princess Clary-Aldringen, and her daughter Edmée, countess Carlo di Robilant e Cereaglio
A young countess of the Schönborn family posing for an artistic photo.
Countess Marietta Silva-Tarouca with her daughters at the horse races in Prague.
The Countess Clam-Gallas (left, wearing an ermine coat) arriving at the Votivkirche in Vienna for the wedding of one of her seven daughters, (right couple) Countess Gabrielle Clam-Gallas to Adolf, Prince of Auersperg. The high aristocracy tended to intermarry, making weddings a spectacular social event for all.
During the baroque era, the nobility started to move into the cities and built themselves lavish residences called Palais. The Palais Kinsky in Vienna, belonging to the princely Kinsky family, is one of the most outstanding pieces.

This page lists comital families in the territories of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, whether extant or extinct. The style of address was, but not in all cases, Erlaucht (Illustrious Highness). Also used was Gräfliche Gnaden (Comital Grace). The Austrian comital title (Graf) was the second most prestigious title of the Austrian nobility, forming the higher nobility (hoher Adel) alongside the princes (Furst); this close inner circle, called the 100 Familien (100 families), possessed enormous riches and lands. They also had great influence at the court and thus played an important role in politics and diplomacy.[note 1]

Nobility was formally abolished in Austria in 1919.

Preposition[1] Original name Current name Notes
von Abensberg und Traun Abensberg-Traun
von Althann (Althan) Althann
von Andechs-Meranien became extinct in 1248
von Attems Attems
Bakowski/Bonkowski von Bakow und Zaborow Bakowski/Bonkowski
Bartolotti von Partenfeld Bartolotti
Barth von Barthenheim de Bart also used the preposition de and raised from comital (c. 1802) to princely rank (in 1917) by Emperor Charles
von Berényi Berényi
von Breuner Breuner-Asparn became extinct in 1894,
Brivio von Brokles Brivio
Bucquoi von Longueval Bucquoi
von Buol-Schauenstein Buol-Schauenstein
von Caprara
von Cavriani Cavriani
von Chorinsky Chorinsky
Chotek von Chotkova und Wognin Chotek
von Cobenzl Cobenzl
von Coudenhove-Kalergi Coudenhove-Kalergi
Cseszneky de Milvány et Csesznek Cseszneky
Czernin von und zu Chudenitz Czernin
Drashkovich of Trakoshtyan also used the preposition de
zu Eibenstein Eibenstein
von Enzenberg Enzenberg
von Erdődy Erdődy
von Eppan extinct since 1248
von Eppensteiner extinct since 1122
von Eyczing extinct since 1620
de Ficquelmont Marie de Ficquelmont also using the preposition von, counts of the Holy Roman Empire, also part of French nobility, current members of the family reside in France
von Firmian Firmian
de la Fontaine und d'Harnoncourt-Unverzagt Harnoncourt also used varying prepositions/conjunctions
von Clam-Gallas Clam-Gallas
von Ghetaldi-Gondola/Gundulich Ghetaldi-Gondola/Gundulich
von Goëss Goëss
von Gudenus Gudenus
zu Hardegg auf Glatz und im Machlande Hardegg
von Harrach zu Rohrau und Thannhausen Harrach
von Hartig Hartig
Henckel von Donnersmarck
von Herberstein Herberstein
von Hohenems Hohenems
von Hoyos Hoyos
von Huyn Huyn
von Jordan-Rozwadowski von Groß-Rozwadów Rozwadowski title granted in last years of Holy Roman Empire, family from Poland-Galicia
von Kaunitz Kaunitz
von Keyersling Keyersling
Kinsky von Wchinitz und Tettau Kinsky also princely
von Kollonitsch Kollonitsch
von Kolowrat Kolowrat Kolowrat and Kolowrat-Krakowsky extant; Kolowrat-Liebsteinsky extinct since 1861
von Kuefstein Kuefstein
von Lamberg
von Ledóchowski Ledóchowski
von Mir
von Mensdorff-Pouilly junior members of Dietrichstein subline used Dietrichstein-Mensdorff-Pouilly
von Mészkő Mesco also used the preposition de and raised from comital to princely rank (in 1917) by Emperor Charles
von Montfort extinct since 1787
von Neipperg Neipperg illegitimate line became Princes of Montenuovo
von Norman und von Audenhove Norman-Audenhove
Pálffy von Erdőd Pálffy
von Pallavicini Pallavicini
von Richter de Mocz Stanzel, Gandelin-Paris Family ennobled by Ferdinand III in the seventeenth century in recognition of military defense of Christianity. Most of the descendants live in France.
Sanchez de la Cerda de la Cerda
von Schönborn Schönborn(-subline) this family had multiple branches
von Schönburg Schönburg(-subline) this family had multiple branches; also princely
Sizzo-Noris Sizzo-Noris
von Strozzi Strozzi
von Stubenberg extinct since 1868
von Sylva von Tarouca Sylva-Tarouca also used the preposition de
von Teuffenbach Teuffenbach
von Thonradel Thonradel fled in 1620
von Thun-Hohenstein (Thun und Hohenstein Thun-Hohenstein also princely
von Trautson Trautson
von und zu Trauttmansdorff-Weinsberg Trauttmansdorff-Weinsberg also princely
Wassilko von Serecki Wassilko/Wassilko-Serecki also used the preposition de
von Wilczek Wilczek
von Wimpffen Wimpffen
von Wetter-Tegerfelden Wetter-Tegerfelden
von Wodzicki Wodzicki
von Wurmbrand-Stuppach Wurmbrand-Stuppach
Vrints zu Falkenstein
von Zenz Zenz
von Zichy
von Zierotin
von Zinzendorf Zinzendorf
^ Where this section is blank, it is possible that the preposition is unknown or did not exist.

Comital families[edit]

The list of comital families from the Hungarian half of Austria-Hungary according to the 8th Law of 1886:


Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The German forms of the titles are Graf (count) and Gräfin (countess) and, for a Countess not being married, the title Komtesse (borrowed from the French language Comtesse), while Hungarian forms are gróf (count) and grófnő (countess born or granted with the title) or grófné (count's wife).