The title

Attached to the lordships of Baarsdorp and Sinoutskerke

The title lord/lady

Traditionally, the sole owner of the feudal rights is called "Lord of X" or "Lady of X", where X stands for the name of the lordship. Originally this title belonged to knights. Since the late Middle Ages the title "Lord" is also used for owners of lordships. Since the fourteenth century the lordships of Baarsdorp and Sinoutskerke have always been inherited and sold together, but never have they been formally united. The current owner of the lordships therefore uses the title "Lady of Baarsdorp and Sinoutskerke".

It's important to realize that the title comes automatically with the feudal rights, for the title is a description or synonym of ownership of the feudal rights. By way of comparison: the title 'lessor' belongs to the person who rents out a residential or business space. It's therefor impossible to transfer the right to use the title without selling the rights attached to it. By way of comparison, selling the right to use the title "lessor" without transferring the right to rent out the aforementioned space is an impossibility. Therefor it's not possible to selle the right to use the feudal title without the associated rights associated with it.

Furthermore, the lordship of Baarsdorp and Sinoutskerke is one and therefore cannot be divided in two. This also applies to the title: there is no title that applies to only Baarsdorp or only Sinoutskerke. Nevertheless, there is a family that over 90 years ago bought the right to the title of Sinoutskerke. This is not recognized by the Foundation, because such a sale is historically not possible.

Use of name

At the time of the Ancien RĂ©gime (until 1795) it was customary to add the name of a lordship to the owner's surname. This is the origin of many dutch double surnames, which should be regarded as a territorial designation and not as a title. Since 1858 the name of a lordship can no longer be officially added to a surname. Surnames can only be changed in the Netherlands by Royal Decree.

Nevertheless, in practice it often happens that owners of lordships informally add the name of a lordship to their family name.

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