1. General
2. Genealogy of the Royal House of Aragon, Majorca and Sicily
3. Family Pact
4. Sources


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Paternò: an historical family for more than a thousand years which traces its origins to Prince Robert of Embrun and to the Sovereign House of Barcelona and Provence which arrived in Sicily in 1060 as part of the entourage of King Roger, seizing the Castle and Lordship of Paternò therefrom it assumed its name. In 1161 Costantino Paternò Count of Butera married Matilde Avenela the daughter of the Count of Avellino and a niece of King Roger I of Hauteville. It is impossible to list all the members of the Family of Paternò who have risen to eminence over the centuries. They have achieved honours and titles as well as the highest ranks of ancient chivalry, such as the Military Belt and the Golden Spur, and the Paternò have been Viceroys, Vicars General of the Kingdom of Sicily, Presidents of the Kingdom, Cardinals, Ambassadors to Popes and Kings, brave knights, generous patrons of the arts, famous politicians. Already Counts of Butera and of Martana in the 12th Century, the Family of Paternò has established close ties of blood with the Norman, Swabian and Savoyard Royal Houses. Knights of the Order of Malta since the beginning of the 15th Century, they are recorded by Mugnos as one of those families of royal descent. The Paternò have been Peers of Sicily since their origin and so assumed control over the governorship of the city of Catania and over its House of Nobility as to be able to exclude anyone who did not meet with their approval. Over the course of the centuries the Family held more than 170 main fiefs and since the beginning of the 18th Century possessed five hereditary seats in the Sicilian Parliament. The abolition of feudalism meant the loss of these inherent rights but the Family has continued to be renowned in intellectual, diplomatic and political fields.

Edition XXIII of 2005-2009, Volume XXVIII, Tome 2 on page 275 of the Golden Book

Amongst the principal titles of nobility held by the Family are: Princes of Biscari, Sperlinga (1627), Manganelli, Val di Savoja e Castelforte (1633); Dukes of Carcaci (1723), Furnari (1643), Giampaolo, Palazzo (1687), Paternò, Pozzomauro e San Nicola; Marquises of Capizzi (1633), Casanova, Desera (1806), Manchi, Regiovanni, Roccaromana, San Giuliano (1662), Sessa, del Toscano; Counts of Montecupo (1772); Barons of Aliminusa, Aragona, Spedolotto Alzacuda, Baglia e Dogana di Milazzo, Baldi, Belmonte, Bicocca, Bidani, Biscari, Burgio, Capizzi, Castania e Saline di Nicosia, Cuba, Cuchara, Cugno, Donnafugata, Ficarazzi, Gallitano, Gatta, Graneri, Imbaccari e Mirabella, Intorrella, Manchi di Bilici, Mandrile, Manganelli di Catania, Marianopoli, Mercato di Toscanello, Metà dei Terraggi di Licata, Mirabella, Motta Camastra, Murgo, Nicchiara, Officio di Mastro Notaro della Corte Capitaniale di Catania, Oxina, Placabaiana, Poiura, Porta di Randazzo, Pollicarini, Pozzo di Gotto, Raddusa e Destri, Ramione, Ricalcaccia, Salamone, Salsetta, San Giuliano, San Giuseppe, Sant’ Alessio, Scala, Schiso, Sciortavilla, Solazzi, Sparacogna, Spedalotto, Terza Parte della Dogana di Catania, Toscano; Lords of Baglio, Collabascia, Erbageria, Gallizzi, Mandrascate, Sciari, Sigona, del jus luendi of Camopetro.

House of Paternò-Castello: A Sicilian House which traces its origin to James the Conqueror, King of Aragon (+1286)

Almanach of Gotha, 1926 edition

References to the royal descent of the House of Paternò and the rights that derive therefrom will be found throughout this site, notably in History but also in the Archive in the writings of Ignazio V Prince of Biscari, Francesco VII Duke of Carcaci, Giuseppe Emanuele IX Marquis of Sessa and Francesco XI Duke of Carcaci, considering only authors from the Family itself.

Genealogy of the Royal House of Aragon, Majorca and Sicily

1213 – 1276 James I
1276 – 1285 Peter III
1285 – 1291 Alfonso III
1291 – 1327 James II
1327 – 1336 Alphons IV
1336 – 1387 Peter IV
1387 – 1395 John I
1395 – 1410 Martin I
1410 – 1433 James II of Urgell
1433 – 1454 Alfonso II, Duke of Gandia, Count of Ribagorza
1454 – ???? Sancho de Ayerbe, b. ca 1400
???? – 1518 Sancho, b. ca 1440, d. 1518
1518 – 1520 Alfonso, Count of Simari 1519, b. 1470, d. 4/6 1520
1520 – 1548 Michael, b. 1470, d. 3/10 1548
1548 – 1588 Alfonso, Marquis of Grotteria 1583, d. 11/10 1588
1588 – 1592 Indicus, d. 13/6 1592
1592 – 1596 Peter (younger brother of Indicus), d. 25/2 1596
1596 – 1606 Vincent, d. 1606
1606 Francis (younger brother of Vincent), d. 1606
1606 – 1613 Caspar (younger brother of Francis)
1613 – 1630 Peter
1630 – ???? Filibert, d. 29/10 1699
???? – 1698 Joseph, b. 31/8 1650, d. 1698
1698 – 1727 Nicholas Michael, b. 29/7 1676, d. 1/12 1727
1727 – 1739 Emilio, b. 9/4 1689, d. 4/5 1739
1739 – 1784 Joseph II, b. 4/4 1729, d. 18/1 1784
1784 Felice, b. 8/7 1730, d. 17/10 1784
1784 – 1837 Joseph III, last Prince of Cassano, b. 4/6 1784, d. 8/7 1837

Family Pact

After the death of the last Prince of Cassano the heads of the different branches of the Paternò family met in family council at Palermo and recognised that the family’s royal rights were vested in Don Mario Paternò Castello Guttadauro d’Emmanuel B. of Don Giovanni Paternò Castello iure maritale Prince of Emmanuel (son of Don Mario Guiseppe IV Duke of Carcaci) and his wife Eleanor Guttadauro last of the house of the Princes of Emmanuel and herself a descendant of the Kings of Aragon.

  • 1859-1906 Mario I Prince of Emmanuel m. Anna Spitaleri e Grimaldi of the Barons of Maglia and had issue:

1.  Giovanni ( -1900) sp.
2.  Felice ( -1880) sp.
3.  Enrico who succeeded
4.  Eleanora who succeeded her brother

Prince Mario d. 1906 and was succeeded by his son Enrico.

  • 1906-1908 Enrico Prince of Emmanuel d. 1908 and was succeeded by his sister.
  • 1908-1934 Eleanora Princess of Emmanuel m. 1906 her second cousin Roberto I Paternò Castello, Regent 1908-1934 B. of Francesco Mario I (1850-1915) IX Duke of Carcaci and had issue:

1.  Francesco Mario who succeeded when of age
2.  Princess Eleanora was succeeded by her son when he came of age in 1934 and d. 1970.

  • 1934-1968 Francesco Mario II Prince of Emmanuel b. 1913 succeeded when of age in 1934 m. (1)
    1932 Angela Reboulet and had issue:

1.  Eleanora (1935-) in. Raffaele Masto and has issue:

1.  Mathilde
2.  Luigi
3.  Claudio

2.  Roberto Enrico Francesco Mario Gioacchino (1937-) who B. He married (2) Nella Clara Cartelle di Valle and died without further issue succeded by his son.

  • 1968-1996 Roberto II Enrico Francesco Mario Gioacchino Prince of Emmanuel b. 1937 m. (1) Maria of the Counts Fattori and has issue:

1.  Aurora (1962-) Duchess of Palma
2.  Francesco (1964-) Duke of Gerona m. on Jul 1990 Nob Guiseppina Campesi

Prince Roberto m. (2) Bianca Monteforte (1948-1990) Marchioness of Montpellier and had issue:

1.  Thorbjorn (1976-) Duke of Valencia

  • 1996- Francesco Nicola Roberto succeeded his father by notarial act in 1996 as Prince of Emmanuel and has issue:

1.  Maria b. and d. 17 Mar 1991
2.  Roberto b. 15 Jul 1992 Duke of Palermo;
3.  Domenico b. 4 May 2001 Duke of Ayerbe


  • Lines of Succession-Maclagan and Lauda
  • La Dinastia Sovrana Paternò-Ayerbe-Aragona – L Pelliccioni di Poli
  • 1956 Rome Nobiliario Internazionale – C Santippolito
  • 1985 RAM Messina Corpus Historiae Genealogicae Italiae et Hispaniae – J W Imhof 1702 Nurnberg
  • Los Condes de Barcelona Vindicados Cronologia y Genealogia – Prospero de Bofarull y Mascaro Secretario de SM Archivero de la Corona de Aragon
  • 1836 Barcelona Rivista Araldica 1922 p295-305, 343-346
  • Rivista Araldica 1913 p330-335
  • Anales de la Corona de Aragon by Jerònimo Zurita, Tom 1 libro IV cap.126
  • The Rise of the Aragonese-Catalan Empire 1200-1350 – J Lee Shneidman 1970 New York and London