House von Hohenstaufen Association
The House von Hohenstaufen Association was founded by proven direct descendants of the Hohenstaufen dynasty. Although the primary branch of the House von Hohenstaufen became extinct in the year 1268 CE when Konrad IV (Conradin), Duke of Swabia, died with no heirs, legitimate descendants of the Hohenstaufen Dukes of Swabia survived and produced heirs, giving rise to the modern descendants of the House von Hohenstaufen.
Modelled on the Romanov Family Association, the purpose of the HVHA is to protect the legacy and future of the Hohenstaufen dynasty, to maintain official records of legitimate modern members of the dynasty, and to maintain and safeguard two of the Hohenstaufen hereditary titles of nobility held since the 11th Century: Duke of Swabia, Count Palatine of Swabia, Count von Hohenstaufen, and Count de Bourgogne. While the Hohenstaufen family held many more titles, the members of the HVHA were determined not to dispute the non-abeyant titles nor the titles of any successor states, nor was it their wish to legally claim and lands or possessions of other nobles or that form part of the historical patrimony people of Swabia and of Germany.
Since the fall of the German Empire in 1918 with the abdication of Kaiser Wilhelm II at the end of the Great War and the dissolution of noble titles in 1919, the responsibilities for administering the claims to hereditary titles fall to other organisations and the families to whom the titles belonged. Thus, the Dynastic Council of the HVHA determines the rightful Duke of Swabia, examines claims of direct descent from the House von Hohenstaufen for membership in the HVHA, arbitrates claims to the hereditary titles held by the House von Hohenstaufen, governs application of appropriate ducal and comital styles and forms of address, and establishes and amends, when necessary, the rules of inheritance and succession for the titles.
The House von Hohenstaufen Association restricts membership in the dynasty to those with valid, documented, direct descent from the Hohenstaufen Dukes of Swabia, and examines claims to the hereditary Hohenstaufen noble titles. After many years of professional genealogical research, the HVHA traced the individuals with the strongest claims to the titles. After exhaustively examining all claims, in July 2017, the Dynastic Council of the House von Hohenstaufen Association designated Duke Maximilian as the only rightful and legitimate claimant to and holder of the ducal titles, based on direct descent from all of the Hohenstaufen Dukes of Swabia to bear legitimate descendants, as well as direct descent from Rudolf I von Habsburg, who gave the Duchy of Swabia to his son and grandson, neither of whom had legitimate heirs. In fact, the Duke is a proven direct descendant or close blood relative of all of the Dukes of Swabia and Dukes of Alemannia since 539 CE, making His Highness' right to the title indisputable.
Coat of Arms of His Highness the Duke of Swabia
His Highness is the head of the cadet branch of the House von Hohenstaufen, the House of Bourgogne von Hohenstaufen, and, therefore, now serves as President of the House von Hohenstaufen Association and Chairman of the Dynastic Council of the HVHA. In July of 2017, the HVHA was re-organised as a legal entity under His Highness' name.
Membership in the House von Hohenstaufen Association, and subsequently in the prestigious House von Hohenstaufen, is possible based on a successful application for membership. To be eligible for membership, applicants must legally bear "von Hohenstaufen" in their surname. For those who do not bear the name von Hohenstaufen but can prove direct descent in accordance with House laws, the HVHA will determine your eligibility for legally changing your name and founding a registered cadet branch of the House von Hohenstaufen. Extensive documentation to prove direct descent is required along with the application. Membership is granted for the applicants and their descendants in perpetuity, providing the von Hohenstaufen surname or the cadet branch surname is legally maintained. Changing one's surname to remove a registered and approved cadet branch or the von Hohenstaufen surname for any reason will cancel membership in the HVHA and will result in the individual being removed from membership in the House von Hohenstaufen. For more information on applications, please contact us by E-mail.
The most significant cadet branch of the House von Hohenstaufen through multiple lines of direct descent from all legitimate descendants of the Hohenstaufen Dukes of Swabia is the House of Bourgogne von Hohenstaufen, a product of the repetitive joining of the House von Hohenstaufen with the House of Burgundy from France (Bourgogne), the House of Burgundy from Portugal (Borgonha), and the Anscarid House of Burgundy from Spain (Borgoña), also known as the House of Ivrea. In July 2016, the Duke founded the cadet House of Bourgogne von Hohenstaufen after the House von Hohenstaufen Association evaluated the evidence for his claims based on direct descent and he was granted the legal right to the surnames. His wife and their children legally carry the name, as well. He and his family were admitted into House von Hohenstaufen Association as dynastic members, though they had been a part of the organization's research for many years.