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Von (generally in small case only as von) is a German preposition which approximately means of or from. It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with adposition. ...

When it is used as a part of a German family name, it can indicate a member of the nobility, like the French "de". At certain times and places, it was illegal for anyone who was not a member of the nobility to use von before their family name. However, in the middle ages the "von" particle was still a common part of names and was widely used also by commoners, e.g. "Hans von Duisburg" meant Hans from (the city of) Duisburg. A family name, or surname, is the part of a persons name that indicates to what family he or she belongs. ... The Lords and Barons prove their Nobility by hanging their Banners and exposing their Coats-of-arms at the Windows of the Lodge of the Heralds. ... A family name, or surname, is the part of a persons name that indicates to what family he or she belongs. ... Duisburg is a German city in the western part of the Ruhr Area (Ruhrgebiet) in North Rhine-Westphalia. ...

The abolition of the monarchies in Germany and Austria in 1919 meant that neither state had a privileged nobilty, and both had exclusively republican governments. In Germany, this meant that in principle von simply became an ordinary part of the names of the people who used it. There were no longer any legal privileges or constraints associated with this naming convention, although in practice, many people with von in their names are still listed in telephone books and other files under the rest of their name. (e.g. Ludwig von Mises would be under M in the phone book rather than V). In Austria, in contrast, not only were the privileges of the nobility abolished, their titles and prepositions were abolished as well. Thus, for example, Friedrich von Hayek became Friedrich Hayek in 1919 when Austria abolished all indicators of nobility in family names. On this issue, also see Austrian nobility. A monarchy, (from the Greek monos, one, and archein, to rule) is a form of government that has a monarch as Head of State. ... 1919 (MCMXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... It has been suggested that The republican form of government be merged into this article or section. ... In telephony, a telephone directory is a listing of telephone subscribers in a geographical area or subscribers to services provided by the organisation that publishes the directory. ... Ludwig Heinrich Edler von Mises (September 29, 1881 - October 10, 1973), was a notable economist and social philosopher. ... A title is a prefix or suffix added to a persons name to signify either veneration, an official position or a professional or academic qualification. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with adposition. ... Friedrich Hayek Friedrich August Hayek (May 8, 1899 in Vienna – March 23, 1992 in Freiburg) was an Austrian economist of the Austrian School of economics. ... 1919 (MCMXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... As most of modern Austria used to be part of the Holy Roman Empire, a very similar system of nobility applied as in what is today Germany. ...

In the Nordic countries, von is common but not universal in the names of noble families of German origin and has occasionally been used as a part of names of ennobled families of native or foreign, but non-German, extraction, as with the family of the philosopher Georg Henrik von Wright, which is of Scottish origin. The Nordic countries (Greenland not shown) The Nordic countries, also referred to as Norden (The North), and less stringently as Scandinavia, is a term used collectively for five countries in Northern Europe. ... Georg Henrik von Wright (pronounced, roughly, vrikt) (June 14, 1916 – June 16, 2003) was a Finnish philosopher, who succeeded Ludwig Wittgenstein as professor at the University of Cambridge. ... Royal motto: Nemo me impune lacessit (English: No one provokes me with impunity) Scotlands location within the UK Languages English, Gaelic, Scots Capital Edinburgh Largest city Glasgow First Minister Jack McConnell Area - Total - % water Ranked 2nd UK 78,782 km² 1. ...

Not all members of families whose names begin with "von" are holders of a title of some kind, regardless of whether their parents are living or dead—while it can be said that almost all German nobles use von not all users of von are noble. (Some very old noble families, usually members of the Uradel, do not use von but are nevertheless still noble.) Also, a very few German families were elevated to the nobility without the use of the preposition von. Ancient families distinguish themselves from newly ennobled ones by abbreviating von to v. This is also the traditional practice of nobles in North Germany. The German term Uradel (literally: original or ancient nobility) refers to nobility who can trace back their noble ancestry at least to the year 1400. ...

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