Renunciation of nobility

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A renunciation of the nobility was possible in the German Empire and in Austria-Hungary through an express declaration. There were statutory regulations for this in the kingdoms of Bavaria and Saxony , but not in the other German states.

For the legal effectiveness of the noble renunciation it took an explicit and formal statement of waiver ends towards the state. In Austria an imperial permit was also required. This excluded the renunciation of the nobility through implied acts . This is also where the difference to the darkened nobility that arises through disuse lies .

In Bavaria and Saxony, however, the renunciation of the nobility did not affect children who had already been born.


  • Hasso von Dewitz: “The Disuse of the Nobility and its Demarcation”, self-printed 1993
  • Dr. Ludwig Hoffmann: “The Right of the Nobility and Entrepreneurship in Bavaria”, Munich 1896

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