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Hochwohlgeboren is a form of address for members of the lower German nobility or gentry. The English translation is High Well Born.

This form of address had connections with the ability to bequeath a family coat of arms and that landed property was allodial instead of a fief. The actual address is "Euer Hochwohlgeboren" (Your High Well Born) and is the correct form of address for German Barons, Knights and Freiherren.

The title should not be confused with (Euer) Hochgeboren. This title ranks higher than Hochwohlgeboren and is the style of Counts and Freiherren of the Uradel.

Another similar title is (Euer) Wohlgeboren which ranks lower than Hochwohlgeboren and is the title of a Vogt or Büttel.

In the 19th century it became customary to address academic and other civil honoraries by this title, eg.g a number of letters to Sigmund Freud are addressed to "Hochwohlgeboren Prof. Dr. Sigmund Freud".

Swedish usage

In Sweden Högvälboren (High Well Born) is used to address Free Lords and Counts,[1] Välboren (Well Born) is used to address untitled nobles.[1]

Dutch usage

In The Netherlands Hoogwelgeboren (High Well Born) is used to address a Baron, a Knight or a Jonkheer. Hooggeboren (High Born) is used to address Dukes, Margraves, Counts or Viscounts.


  1. ^ a b The Blue Book Conduct when not on duty: Chapter IV: Correspondence


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