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Ancestors of Charlemagne

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  • Bertha Broadfoot of Laon, Queen of the Franks (727 - 783)
    Info on Find a grave From the English Wikipedia page on Bertrada of Laon Bertrada of Laon , also called Bertha Broadfoot (cf. latin: Regina pede aucae i.e. the queen with the goose-foot), (710/27...
  • Pépin III, King of the Franks (714 - 768)
    From the English Wikipedia page on Pepin III The Short: and in French: and in Dutch: and in German: üngere Pepin or Pippin (714 – 24 September 768), called the Short, and often known as Pepin...
  • NN (deceased)
    the name of Charibert's wife is not known. Some suggest it was Gisele Burial: Saint Denis Basilique Saint-Denis Departement de Seine-Saint-Denis Île-de-France, France
  • Rotrude (c.694 - 724)
    Rotrude , Rotrou or Chrotrudis (c690-724), wife of Charles Martel. Her ancestry is speculative and has been much debated. Various reconstructions make her the daughter of (1) Saint Leutwinus , Bishop o...
  • Charlemagne (742 - 814)
    Charlemagne (English: Charles the Great, German: Karl der Grosse, French: Charles le Grand, Latin: Carolus Magnus, Dutch: Karel de Grote), King of Neustria (768-771), King of the Franks (771-814), King...

This project uses an ahnentafel of Charlemagne to identify and cut the fake lines in his ancestry.


The Emperor Charlemagne is the ancestor of most, perhaps all Europeans. His ancestry goes back only a few generations but he has become the gateway for hundreds of fake genealogies back to antiquity, all based on wishful thinking.

Experts generally agree that only 8 ancestors of Charlemagne can be proven. Another 5 are almost certain. Everything else is academic conjecture or amateur speculation. See, e.g., Francisco Tavares de Almeida, "The 8 proven ancestors of Charlemagne" at soc.genealogy.medieval, posted Jan. 13, 2017, citing Christian Settipani, Les Ancètres de Charlemagne 2nd. ed. (2014).

How to participate

  • Use the ahnentafel below to identify ancestors of Charlemagne, then add those ancestors to the project.
  • Cut any lines that do not appear in the ahnentafel.
  • If you find a contemporary academic source that changes or adds to this information, start a project discussion.
  • The best place to search for updates and corrections to this information is the archives of soc.genealogy.medieval.

Reading an ahnentafel

An ahnentafel is a numbered list of a person's ancestors. If you are looking at a person on the list, that person's father is their number times 2. That person's mother is that number times 2 plus 1. A child's number is one-half their father's number.

The proven ancestry of Charlemagne

This table shows the proven ancestors of Charlemagne, as accepted by the majority of experts. The relationships on Geni should conform to this table, but go no further.

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Generation 6 oudouders

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