Look Who’s Related: William Shakespeare and Mark Twain

Posted March 25, 2011 by Geni | One Comment

William Shakespeare, largely thought of as the greatest English writer of all time, is connected to over 54 million profiles in the world family tree. I’d like to take this opportunity to show off a few interesting paths.

Most interestingly, one of the greatest English writers and one of the greatest American writers are cousins. Take a look:


Mark Twain is William Shakespeare’s 8th cousin 8 times removed


Agatha Christie is William Shakespeare’s fifth cousin 10 times removed


William the Conqueror, King of England is William Shakespeare’s 12th great grandfather


Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor is William Shakespeare’s 9th cousin 14 times removed


Barack H. Obama, 44th President of the USA is William Shakespeare’s fourth cousin 15 times removed


Vlad the Impaler Dracula, Prince of Wallachia is William Shakespeare’s 12th cousin four times removed

As always, we encourage everyone to join in, and make the world family tree even better with sourced information. If you find an even better path between any of these people, don’t hesitate to leave a comment on this post.

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  • morrigan

    You realize that Shakespeare was his pen name and his mothers maiden name was shapleigh?