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The Kankas noble family, otherwise known as Horn, is a noble family from Finland of medieval frälse.

Its first known member, Olof Mattsson, was documented between 1381 and 1415, having a seat in Halikko, near the present town of Salo. His seal featured the figure of a drinking horn. The family became one of the most prominent in Finland at the end of Middle Ages. In the 16th century, the use of the word signifying their horned logo became established as surname.

Its head, Sir Claes Christersson Horn (1518-66), was among the first to be created friherre (baron) in Sweden, which took place at the coronation of Eric XIV of Sweden in 1560. Friherre Claes got the title Baron of Åminne (fi. Joensuu).

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A genealogically junior branch descended from baron Claes' uncle, knight Henrik Klasson Horn (1512-95), who held his seat in Masku which is nearer to Turku than Halikko.

Sir Henrik Horn (1618-93) was created friherre of the barony of Marienborg in Livonia in 1651 by queen Christina of Sweden. His male line went extinct in 1728. He was a nephew of Gustav, Count of Björneborg (fi. Pori).


Sir Gustav Horn (1592-1657), general, a grandson of Henry, was created Count of Björneborg in 1561 by queen Christina of Sweden. However, he did not leave any sons.

Sir Arvid Horn (1664-1742), the future President of the Chancellery of Sweden and the head of its government, a great-great-grandson of Sir Henry, was created Baron of Ekebyholm in 1700, and in 1706 Count of......
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