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Ancestors of Charlemagne

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  • Leuthar de Borgonha (c.578 - 627)
  • Blithildis (b. - 580)
    Blithildes or Bilichilde (c538-c603). Her ancestry is unknown (Weis, Ancestral Roots 180:5). However, the earliest sources, which tried to connect the Carolingians to the Merovingian dynasty they displ...
  • Saint Beggue of Austrasia (613 - 693)
    Saint Begga ( Begue , Begge ) (615-693), daughter of Pepin of Landen, mayor of the palace of Austrasia, and his wife Itta. She built a convent at Andenne sur Meuse. She is venerated as a saint (Septemb...
  • Theodoric III, king of the Franks (652 - 690)
    THEODERICH ([651]-[2 Sep 690/12 Apr 691], bur Arras, basilique Saint-Vaast) s/o CLOVIS II King of the Franks in Neustria & Bathildis x CHROTECHILDIS [Rotilde] [Doda] (-692 or >) CHLODOVECH [Clovi...

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

Generation 1

Generation 2

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Generation 4

Generation 5

Generation 6 oudouders

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