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AI image of ancient emperor Genghis Khan. Source: Andrea Raffin/Adobe Stock

How Many People Are Actually Related to Genghis Khan? (Video)

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The genetic legacy of Genghis Khan, the famed Mongol conqueror, extends far beyond his vast empire. Due to his prolific procreation habits and the polygamous customs of his time, approximately 1 in 200 people today can trace their lineage back to him. Khan's penchant for marrying from conquered tribes and his numerous offspring ensured the widespread dissemination of his DNA. His sons and grandsons followed suit, continuing the tradition of taking multiple wives and fathering countless children.

Modern research, particularly in genetic studies, has shed light on the extent of Khan's genetic influence. Studies on Y chromosome lineage in populations across Eurasia have revealed a distinct pattern present in approximately 8% of men in the region, indicating a direct connection to Genghis Khan's genetic heritage. This unique genetic marker, originating from Mongolia around 1,000 years ago, serves as evidence of Khan's enduring impact on human genetics.

While the exact number of Khan's descendants remains unknown, efforts to trace lineage continue, fueled by both scientific curiosity and personal interest. Despite challenges in tracing female lineage due to the nature of genetic testing, the fascination with being linked to one of history's most formidable figures persists. Whether through scientific research or personal anecdotes, the legacy of Genghis Khan continues to captivate imaginations and fuel inquiries into the intricate tapestry of human ancestry.

Top image: AI image of ancient emperor Genghis Khan. Source: Andrea Raffin/Adobe Stock

By Robbie Mitchell



We are all descended from murderers. If one gets excited at being a descendent of an infamous murderer, one should simply grow up.

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I’m a graduate of History and Literature from The University of Manchester in England and a total history geek. Since a young age, I’ve been obsessed with history. The weirder the better. I spend my days working as a freelance... Read More

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