Why do the Brits use the title Earl rather then Count?
- CloLv 72 months agoFavourite answer
It is a cultural difference.
In Anglo-Saxon Britain, the term Ealdorman was used for men who held the highest political rank below King. Over time the Danish eorl became substituted for Ealdorman, which evolved into the modern form of the name.The Norman-derived equivalent count (from Latin comes) was not introduced following the Norman conquest of England though countess was and is used for the female title. Geoffrey Hughes writes, "It is a likely speculation that the Norman French title 'Count' was abandoned in England in favour of the Germanic 'Earl' […] precisely because of the uncomfortable phonetic proximity to ****."
The title originates in the Old English word eorl, which means"a man of noble birth or rank."
- Jas BLv 72 months ago
Because Count is a French Title.
- KENNETH DLv 72 months ago
Earl is a higher rank than Count
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- Anonymous2 months ago
Earl is an Anglo-Saxon title, slightly above Thane. In an absolute monarchy it was something akin to a governor and there was no special title for the wife of an Earl. After the Norman Conquest the title became the equivalent of Count but the AS term was retained. The wife of an Earl was acknowledged as a Countess (since ear-less would be very strange).
- MercuryLv 72 months ago
Count is not a UK title.
- 𝗕𝗮𝗿𝗼𝗻 𝗖𝗹𝗼𝘄𝗻𝗶𝘀𝗵Lv 72 months ago
A long time ago (think pre-Norman conquest) the only title of nobility in England was an earl (also sometimes known as an ealdorman or a duke). When William I came to power, he introduced a new rank of title - baron - to denote those to whom he had personally given a title. He limited the rank of earl to be equivalent to the French rank of Comte. Other ranks of the peerage were introduced in subsequent centuries, modelled on French ranks.
- Ding DongLv 62 months ago
Count is used too because when Michael Howard was still in politics they would say "now it's over to the Count at Folkstone and Hythe."
- EnguerarrardLv 72 months ago
Earl is a Saxon title, Count a French one (Norman/French). For the longest time the English aristocracy, outside the royal family, was composed of earls and barons,.I believe intermarriage with French and German princes and princesses brought the ranks of vicomte,count, marquis and others into British usage.