The Candide novel starts with:
The old servants of the house suspected [Candide] to have been the son of the Baron's sister, by a very good sort of a gentleman of the neighborhood, whom that young lady refused to marry, because he could produce no more than threescore and eleven quarterings in his arms.
So, the numbers of quarterings of Candide is 71 from his father and an unknown number of quarterings from his mother, which is a total minimum of 72 quarterings.
Cunégonde, in the chapter 10 says:
Add to this, though born a baroness, and bearing seventy-two quarterings, I have been reduced to the station of a cook-wench.
So, the numbers of quarterings of Cunégonde is 72. Therefore, Candide is as noble as Cunégonde, maybe more because we can except to the sister of the baron to prove more than 1 quarterings.
However, in the chapter 15, the brother of Cunégonde refuses Candide to marry her because he is not noble enough:
"You! you have the impudence to marry my sister, who bears seventy-two quarterings! Really, I think you have an insufferable degree of assurance to dare so much as to mention such an audacious design to me."
Did I miss something? Is Candide really more noble than Cunégonde?