Who Are the Descendants of Genghis Khan?

Genghis Khan is believed to have had at least seven wives and an unknown number of illegitimate children. One of his sons had allegedly fathered at least 40 children, so it’s not really surprising that the descendants of Genghis Khan are so widespread. Below you can find a list of five known descendants of Genghis Khan, although of course there were, and are, a lot more of them.

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The Yuan Dynasty of China

Painting of Kublai Khan on a hunting expedition

Painting of Kublai Khan on a hunting expedition, Credits: Wikimedia

The Yuan Dynasty of China was established by Genghis Khan’s grandson Kublai Khan in 1271, and was the first foreign dynasty to rule China until 1368. The rule was relatively diplomatic for its time – the Khan attempted to preserve the Mongol interests in China and meet the Chinese subjects halfway by implementing their reforms. His successor Temur Khan ruled after Kublai Khan’s death in 1294; his reign market the start of corruption for the Yuan dynasty that eventually led to its downfall. However, the Yuan dynasty was quite progressive and engaged in trade with many neighbouring nations; cultural diversity was also quite prominent.

Russian Royal Family


 In the round cartuche the legend "the Just Khan Mongke Timur"

In the round cartuche the legend “the Just Khan Mongke Timur”, Credits: Wikimedia

Many members of the Russian Royal Family married to the descendants of Genghis Khan, the most famous marriage being that of St Fyodor the Black of Yaroslavl to the daughter of Mengu-Timur. The marriages were mostly the result of the princes from the Rurikid Dynasty of Russia attempting to forge an alliance with the Mongols after the Invasion of Russia. Quite a few Mongolian princes have also settled in Russia, for example the great-grand-nephew of Genghis Khan who founded St Peter’s monastery in Rostov. The Rurikid Dynasty was a predecessor of the Romanov dynasty and chances are, Genghis Khan’s blood also ran through the veins of all the grand emperors of Russia.

House of Basaraba

House of Basarab quote of arms

House of Basarab quote of arms, Credits: Wikimedia

While it’s hard to say whether any members of European royalty were related to Genghis Khan, it’s believed that the Basarab dynasty that ruled the province of Wallachia in Romania were the descendants of Genghis Khan. Very little is known about the origin of the dynasty, except that the founder was called Thocomerius (Tihomir), which is a Russian-Tatar name that refers to a prince that was confirmed to be a descendant. The house’s name served as an origin of the name of Bessarabia and for several places in Moldova and Bulgaria.

Batdorj-in Baasanjab

Batdorj-in Baasanjab

Batdorj-in Baasanjab, via snipview.com


Perhaps unsurprisingly, given Genghis Khan’s notorious lifestyle, his descendants are still alive today. For example, actor Batdorj-in Baasanjab, better known as Ba Sen has been proven to be Khan’s direct descendant. Funnily enough, his best role to date is that of his famous ancestor in Chinese-Mongolian TV series Genghis Khan. He also played Genghis Khan’s father in a Russian-German-Kazakh movie called Mongol: The Rise to Power of Genghis Khan nominated for Oscar in 2007.


Yes, you. It’s been proven that at least 1 out of 200 people of the world are descendants of Genghis Khan. There’s no way of proving for sure if you are indeed one of those people, since Genghis Khan’s body has never actually been found and no DNA evidence was collected. However, it’s been determined that millions of men living in Asia today are indeed related to Genghis Khan, so you never know.

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