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A simple question really. I'm trying to find a word and my Google-fu has failed me.

  • Baron is to Barony
  • Duke is to Duchy
  • Earl is to what?
  • FWIW, I think the question is on topic. Simple, but not trivial. If you don't know the term, it is very difficult to search for it, and for obvious reasons, "Earldom" doesn't follow modern English inflection patterns. I believe we could add the "England" tag, because I don't think there are Earldoms anywhere else? – Mark C. Wallace Jul 20 '16 at 19:27
  • @MarkC.Wallace Scotland and Ireland had their own Earldoms. – Steve Bird Jul 20 '16 at 20:51
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It's an earldom.

You can see here a list of them:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_earldoms

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    Note that it may also be a county; as the English earl is equivalent to the European count. Hence a vice-count, or viscount, is one noble rank below earl in the English peerage. – Pieter Geerkens Jul 21 '16 at 2:34
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    And a female Earl is referred to as a Countess. – GeoffAtkins Jul 21 '16 at 12:54

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