Quote Originally Posted by benbenberi View Post
If the title is one that can be inherited by a female heir, and there's no male heir but multiple females (sisters), none of them get the title -- it goes into abeyance.

As Wikipedia explains in the article on abeyance:

The underlying reason for this practice is the common law principle that real property inherited by the male heir was kept intact, but if there is no male heir the property was equally divided between the female heirs (or their heirs, if any of the sisters was already dead). Titles that could be inherited by female heirs were legally treated in this as in some other respects the same way as real property.
I stand corrected (again).