The clan of Wied is one of the most ancient noble families in Germany.
The first record of the Edelfreien Wied is about 1100 Anno Domini.
Probably originated formerly on the left side of the river Rhine, they settled down in the area of Westerwald, where they still live today.
The clan nearly decayed two times, but this had been avoided by marriages with the houses of Runkel and Isenburg.
Previously in the rank of a count, Johann Friedrich Alexander Graf zu Wied-Neuwied was raised (knighted?) in a heriditary princely rank (Fürst) at 29th May 1784. Only the first-born decendants have the right to bear this title. All other members of the house bear the title prince or princess. The formal adress is serene highness.
At the Congress of Vienna (1814 / 15) the house lost its sovereignty. It therefore now belongs to the Standes-herren.
See also (in German) the extract of the Almanach de Gotha Gotha, Die Grafen von Wied, and Die Herrschaft Wied.
The house of Wied had some famous and influential members:
If you are interested in more details, take a look at the Booklist.
If this still doesn't satisfy your thirst for knowledge, you can write to: Fuerstlich Wiedisches Archiv in Neuwied.
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D - 56564 Schloss Neuwied
Frontview of Neuwied palace.
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