Viscount - Non-western Counterparts

Non-western Counterparts

Like other major Western noble titles, Viscount is sometimes used to render certain titles in non-western languages with their own traditions, even though they are as a rule historically unrelated and thus hard to compare which are considered 'equivalent' in relative rank.

This is the case with:

  • the Chinese Tzu or Zi (子), hereditary title of nobility first established in the Zhou dynasty
  • the Korean cognate jajak or Pansoh
  • the Japanese cognate Shishaku (子爵) or Shi, fourth of the five peerage ranks established in the Meiji era, based both on the British viscount and Zhou Chinese zi
  • the Vietnamese cognate Tử
  • the Manchu jingkini hafan

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