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The title of Count, or “Graf” (Граф), was introduced into Russia by Peter the Great as part of his nobiliary reforms.  The word itself was taken from the German, and was originally created to reward families of ancient ancestry who supported the Emperor’s westernizing reforms, but who did not possess titles of their own.  We see here some of the greatest families of Russia, many, like the Sheremetevs, Tolstoys, and Stroganovs who even when without titles were ranked ahead of many princely families.  The number of people created Counts of the Russian Empire remained very small, and the rank of Count had a far higher prestige in Russia than the same title did in France or Germany.

The following is a list of all the Counts of the Russian Empire and the dates of their creation.  Many of these families are now extinct in the male line, and exist only through female descendants.

Sheremetev 1706
Golovkin 20.4.1707
Apraxin 23.2.1710
Zotov 8.7.1710
Bruce 18.2.1721
Apraxin II 7.2.1722
Tolstoy 7.5.1724
De Vieira 24.10.1726
Lowenwolde 24.10.1726
Skavronsky 5.1.1727
Munnich 24.2.1728
Saltykov 3.1730
Ostermann 28.4.1730
Jaguszinski 19.1.1731
Saltykov II 19.1.1732
Lacy 13.8.1740
Bruce II 29.3.1740
Efimowski 25.4.1742
Hendrikov 25.4.1742
Tchernyshov 25.4.1742
Bestuzhev 25.4.1742
Razumovsky 16.4.1744
Ushakov 15.7.1744
Rumyantsev 15.7.1744
Shuvalov 5.9.1746
Buturlin 17.2.1760
Orlov 22.9.1762
Panin 22.9.1767
Potemkin 10.7.1775
Suvorov 25.9.1789
Saltykov III 30.10.1790
Krechetnikov 6.5.1793
Fersen 1.1.1795
Potemkin II 1.1.1795
Bobrinskoy 12.11.1796
Voronzov 5.4.1797
Bezborodko 5.4.1797
Dmitriev-Mamonov 5.4.1797
Zavadovsky 5.4.1797
Buxhoeveden 5.4.1797
Kamensky 5.4.1797
Kakhovsky 5.4.1797
Gudovich 5.4.1797
Musin-Pushkin 5.4.1797
Osten-Sacken 9.6.1797
Sievers 8.4.1798
Stroganov 21.4.1798
Lieven 22.2.1799
Pahlen 22.2.1799
Kushelev 22.2.1799
Rostopchin 22.2.1799
Denisov 4.4.1799
Kochubey 4.4.1799
Arakcheev 5.5.1799
Kutaissov 5.5.1799
Vasiliev 15.9.1801
Tatishchev 15.9.1801
Protasov 15.9.1801
Gudovich II 12.12.1809
Kutuzov 29.10.1811
Platov 29.10.1812
Miloradovich 2.5.1813
Barclay de Tolly 29.12.1813
Bennigsen 29.12.1813
Tormasov 30.8.1816
Lambsdorff 1.7.1817
Vyazmitinov 19.4.1818
Konovnitsin 12.12.1819
Guriev 12.12.1819
Osten-Sacken II 8.4.1821
Orlov II 25.12.1825
Tatishchev II 22.8.1826
Tchernyshov II 22.8.1826
Kuruta 22.8.1826
Pozzo di Borgo 22.8.1826
Stroganov 22.8.1826
Diebitsch 25.6.1827
Paskevich 15.3.1828
Tohl 9.6.1829
Oppermann 1.6.1829
Kankrin 22.9.1829
Vassiltchikov 6.12.1831
Golenishchev-Kutuzov 8.11.1832
Benckendorff 8.11.1832
Essen 1.7.1833
Levashov 1.7.1833
Mordvinov 25.6.1834
Novosiltsev 1.7.1835
Speransky 1.1.1839
Kiselev 26.3.1839
Kleinmichel 26.3.1839
Bludov 18.4.1842
Kossakowski 19.3.1843
Przezdiecki 24.12.1843
Uvarov 1.7.1846
Baranov 1.7.1846
Adlerberg 1.7.1847
Nikitin 19.9.1847
Rudiger 2.10.1847
Vronchenko 3.4.1850
Perovsky 3.4.1850
Muravyov 26.8.1852
Berg 26.8.1856
Olsufiev 26.8.1856
Grabbe 26.8.1856
Zakrevsky 26.8.1856
Sumarokov 26.8.1856
Putyatin 26.8.1856
Perovsky II 20.11.1856
Evdokimov 17.4.1859
Rostovtsev 23.4.1861
Lanskoy 23.4.1861
Luders 27.5.1862
Muravyov II 17.4.1865
Lutke 28.10.1866
Brunnow 18.3.1871
Korff 1.1.1872
Miloradovich II 19.3.1873
Kotzebue 29.4.1874
Ignatiev 12.12.1877
Loris-Melikov 17.4.1878
Milyutin 20.8.1878
Valuiev 19.2.1880
Baranzov 9.2.1881
Delyanov 23.11.1883
Belyovskoy-Zhukovsky 21.3.1884
Reutern 20.1.1890
Simonich 21.2.1896
Solsky 1.1.1902
Witte 18.9.1905
Dmitriev-Mamonov II 1912
Freedericksz 18.11.1913
Kokovtsev 29.1.1914
Brasov 3.1915

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