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Ultimogeniture

Definition

Ultimogeniture, also known as postremogeniture or junior right, is the tradition of inheritance by the last-born of a privileged position in a parent's wealth or office. The tradition has been far rarer historically than primogeniture or partible inheritance.

What is 'Ultimogeniture'

A system of inheritance whereby the youngest son gains possession of his deceased father's estate. Ultimogeniture was popular in many rural areas of medieval England, as well as parts of France, but it is rare today. Much more common is/was the tradition of primogeniture, or inheritance by the firstborn son.

Explaining 'Ultimogeniture'

Ultimogeniture, primogeniture and other forms of progressive inheritance have long since given way to wills and other forms of correspondence that explicitly state the desires of the decedent. In days of old, however, one's inheritance rights were often tied to one's position of birth (as well as one's gender). Ultimogeniture is also known as postremogeniture, or junior right.


Further Reading


The Islamic commercial crisis: institutional roots of economic underdevelopment in the Middle East
www.cambridge.org [PDF]
… Timur Kuran is Professor, Department of Economics, University of Southern California, Los An- geles, CA … 13 H. Cohen, “Economic Background,” table C-1, estimates that in the ninth and … would have learned to trust organizations and grown accus- tomed to impersonal finance …

The last becomes first: the rise of ultimogeniture in contemporary South TyrolThe last becomes first: the rise of ultimogeniture in contemporary South Tyrol
books.google.com [PDF]
… Timur Kuran is Professor, Department of Economics, University of Southern California, Los An- geles, CA … 13 H. Cohen, “Economic Background,” table C-1, estimates that in the ninth and … would have learned to trust organizations and grown accus- tomed to impersonal finance …

Family strategy of economic inequality among brothers in Korean rural society, 1690–1795Family strategy of economic inequality among brothers in Korean rural society, 1690–1795
www.tandfonline.com [PDF]
… Timur Kuran is Professor, Department of Economics, University of Southern California, Los An- geles, CA … 13 H. Cohen, “Economic Background,” table C-1, estimates that in the ninth and … would have learned to trust organizations and grown accus- tomed to impersonal finance …

Lost in transition: fuzzy property and leaky selves in UlaanbaatarLost in transition: fuzzy property and leaky selves in Ulaanbaatar
www.tandfonline.com [PDF]
… Timur Kuran is Professor, Department of Economics, University of Southern California, Los An- geles, CA … 13 H. Cohen, “Economic Background,” table C-1, estimates that in the ninth and … would have learned to trust organizations and grown accus- tomed to impersonal finance …

Allocating family responsibilities for dependent older people in Mexico and PeruAllocating family responsibilities for dependent older people in Mexico and Peru
www.tandfonline.com [PDF]
… Timur Kuran is Professor, Department of Economics, University of Southern California, Los An- geles, CA … 13 H. Cohen, “Economic Background,” table C-1, estimates that in the ninth and … would have learned to trust organizations and grown accus- tomed to impersonal finance …

New friends: Gender relations within the familyNew friends: Gender relations within the family
www.tandfonline.com [PDF]
… Timur Kuran is Professor, Department of Economics, University of Southern California, Los An- geles, CA … 13 H. Cohen, “Economic Background,” table C-1, estimates that in the ninth and … would have learned to trust organizations and grown accus- tomed to impersonal finance …

Essays on land, legal systems and economic developmentEssays on land, legal systems and economic development
dro.deakin.edu.au [PDF]
… Timur Kuran is Professor, Department of Economics, University of Southern California, Los An- geles, CA … 13 H. Cohen, “Economic Background,” table C-1, estimates that in the ninth and … would have learned to trust organizations and grown accus- tomed to impersonal finance …



Q&A About Ultimogeniture


What is a patrilineal society?

A patrilineal society is one where only male children can inherit property from their parents. Some cultures also employ matrilineal succession, where property can only pass along the female line, most commonly going to the sister's sons of the decedent; but also, in some societies, from the mother to her daughters. Some ancient societies and most modern states employ egalitarian inheritance without gender discrimination based on gender or birth order.

How have forms of inheritance changed over time?

Forms of progressive inheritance have long since given way to wills and other forms of correspondence that explicitly state the desires of the decedent.

How are inheritance systems different across cultures?

The Ethnographic Atlas gives the following data regarding land distribution

Where was ultimogeniture popular?

Ultimogeniture was popular in many rural areas of medieval England, as well as parts of France.

Are there any other types of inheritance besides primogeniture and ultimogeniture?

Yes, there are other types of inheritance besides primogeniture and ultimogeniture such as equal division among all heirs (egalitarian), giving preference to certain children over others (preferential), giving preference to males over females (male preference), giving preference for males with respect to females (female preference) etc...

Is ultimogeniture rare today?

Yes, it is rare today.

What is ultimogeniture?

Ultimogeniture is a system of inheritance whereby the youngest son gains possession of his deceased father's estate.

What is more common than ultimogeniture?

Primogeniture, or inheritance by the firstborn son, is more common than ultimogeniture.