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  1. 5minutes
    5minutes at |

    Correction on #6: Every President who ever lived is related to English royalty… except Martin Van Buren. The rest of the Presidents have some sort of Anglo-Saxon heritage. Van Buren is 100% Dutch. He spoke Dutch growing up and considered English his second language (the only President to do so). As such, he is the only President on record with no traceable lineage to William the Conqueror or Alfred the Great (the other major source of Presidential DNA).

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    1. Emma
      Emma at |

      Thank you for adding this. I was going to say the same thing but you said it much better

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    2. Richard Toth
      Richard Toth at |

      William the Conqueror lived 800 years before Van Buren. Since nobody is all Dutch or all Italian it is certainly possible that Van Buren is related to William the Conqueror. With all his descendants roaming around Europe via boats or land travel and considering the marriages, the rapes, the babies born out of wedlock and for other reasons your assertion certainly cannot be proven. Also unless there is genetic proof I would say it’s near impossible to say it’s true that all or even any of the Presidents are also related.

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  2. Cynthia
    Cynthia at |

    Good list, that picture of the black Eve is creepy as hell though.

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    1. TopTenz Master
      TopTenz Master at |

      Please mark today’s date (9/6/2012). Cynthia finally thought a list was good. 😉

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      1. Martin Fierro
        Martin Fierro at |

        Duly noted

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      2. Jizzamie
        Jizzamie at |

        Lol, hilarious

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  3. darkknight9761
    darkknight9761 at |

    A truly amazing list. I found it to be very insightful. As I read the list, the closer I got to #1, the more I thought about ‘Eve’, and sure enough, there she was, at #1.

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  4. theduke
    theduke at |

    Wow the list lost all its validity with the Muhammad picture. Wow, way to be a racist!

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    1. Jizzamie
      Jizzamie at |

      Wow, way to have no sense of humor!

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      1. theduke
        theduke at |

        the list has nothing to do with humor. If all the other people on the list were treated in the same way fine, but to single out muhammad just kills the validity of the list.

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        1. TopTenz Master
          TopTenz Master at |

          I agree. The image has been removed. We will find a better choice.

        2. sdnss
          sdnss at |

          Thanx for the change, totally agree with the duke.

  5. Chinawhisper
    Chinawhisper at |

    Never heard the Giocangga, do you know his Chinese name, and the picture with this person is a ancient Chinese pornographic picture. You are a real “talent”.

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  6. Anon
    Anon at |

    Correction to numbers 1, 2 and 3: none of them ever existed.

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    1. Chris
      Chris at |

      correction. we know for a fact that Mohammed did exist and that isn’t up for debate, every 7th grade world history student knows that. Abraham probably did exist, whether he spoke with God or not is the questionable part. Eve is used as just a name, or did you not even read the listing?

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    2. FMH
      FMH at |

      Only number 2 didn’t exist. Number one did exist, but it’s a bit unlikely that she was called Eve. What people often don’t get is that she wasn’t the only woman alive back then, it just means that all other maternal lines died out. Human population probably went into some kind of crisis and was reduced to some few individuals, forming a bottleneck in the gene pool.

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  7. TJ
    TJ at |

    Genghis Khan should be number 3 IMO. But good list.

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  8. FMH
    FMH at |

    Abraham destroyed the whole list, since he’s clearly fictional. Again it’s one of those lists that are quite well written, but then a piece of religous mythology presented like a fact hits you in the face like a fist. You should decide what you want to write: A list about historic persons or mythology – not mix it up.

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    1. Martin Fiero
      Martin Fiero at |

      Fmh myth or not its his list and he has decided. Youve said your two cents. Now you can high five the rest of your intolerant freinds

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      1. FMH
        FMH at |

        Wow, if you thinks that this makes me intolerant, you are really intolerant. What does it make me intolerant against anyway? People who mix believe with facts? People who decide to write things they know as believe in a list where everything else is fact based? You use “intolerant” as a fighting word to suffocate discussion.

        Do you know how opinion and free speech works? No, obviously not. Since it is his list, he is free to decide what to write into it – as well as I am free to criticize his decisions and give my point of view. That’s what the comments section is there in first place. What I can’t and wouldn’t want to do is force my opinion on him. He is free to decide and I’m quite sure he’ll ignore my comment just as most people disagreeing would. And that is a much better way than your comment void of any content.

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        1. ABC123
          ABC123 at |

          Just wanted to say that Genealogical records indicate that Abraham was not fictional. Israelites of the day were well-known to be sticklers for meticulous record keeping of genealogy with scribes and recorders who followed every dynasty with utmost care. The Bible is not the only record for Abraham’s existence. The genealogy for Abraham as well as many other characters mentioned in the Bible was even used by many Historians due to the accuracy which has been compared to other Historical documents such as; The Record of Nathan the Prophet, The Prophecy of Ahijah from Shiloh, The Visions of Iddo the Seer later called The Record of Iddo the Seer, The Record of Shemaiah the Prophet, The Book of Jashar, as well as The Book of the History of the Kings of Israel.

          Not only was Abraham real, he also is the founding patriarch of the Israelites, Ishmaelites, Edomites, and the Midianites and kindred peoples, according to the book of Genesis. The Ismaelites being the branch-off for the Muslim Nation. There are non-religious documents from other Nations that also confirm the existence of the 12 Tribes of Israel traced back to Abraham.

          Also, from the Gene Archives of National History comes the following non-fictional information:

          Abraham .
          Hebrew: ????? ., Arabic: ??????? .

          Also Known As: “Abraham”, “Abram”, “Avraham”, “Ibrahim”, “Abre”, “?????”, “????????”, “?????”, “Abraham Aveinu”, “changed from Abram / ???? Genesis 17:5”, “birth 1996bc death 1877bc”

          Birthdate: -1812
          Birthplace: Ur, Chaldea
          Death: Died -1877bc in Hebron, Canaan, Palestine

          Place of Burial:
          Machpelah, Hebron, Canaan

          Immediate Family:
          Son of Terah . and Amethelo .
          Husband of Sarah; Hagar . and Keturah .
          Father of Isaac; Isaac; Ismael; Ishmael .; Ishmael’s sister born after Sarah’s death . and 14 others
          Brother of Haran .; Nachor; Sarah and NN .
          Half brother of Tzovah .

          Occupation: Founder of Jewish Religion, rabbi, Shepard, born 2052 B.C, dead 1877 B.C, Roy d’Ugarit

          I don’t care if you believe in the validity of the Bible or not, but the culture of the day was to take meticulous note as to the genealogy
          It is also well-documented that Science as well as Historical interests had validated the Bible as being the most accurate Historical record in the History of mankind, that is…up until the humanist agenda to boot God out of society began systematically revising facts in order to skew education in order to phase out religion.

          So you look very foolish when you claim Abraham did not exist. Even Islam claims his existence through Ismael (The Ismaelites). Christianity and Islam are 2 mutually exclusive beliefs where very little is agreed upon. However, what IS agreed upon is that Abraham had fathered Isaac and Ismael, among many others, which are the foundations to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. So peddle your lies elsewhere.

  9. Gracie
    Gracie at |

    William I was a no starter compared to his son, Henry I. Hank the Horndog had four legitimate children and three legitimate grandchildren, most noteably Henry II, The Lion in Winter. On the other, he had 25 recognized illegitimate children, 12 of whom had known children. Some historians believe Hank had even more unrecognized or unrecorded children. He may well be the father of his country.

    For the record William I had no known illegitimate children which makes him nearly unique.

    Source: Britain’s Royal Families: The Complete Genealogy. Alison Weir

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    1. ABC123
      ABC123 at |

      This is the best more thorough explanation and answer to your inquiry, Gracie. However it is rather long and won’t fit in this window. So I have the option to post it in segments in hopes of getting it in order or giving you the URL address in hopes that if you truly want the answer regarding the wives of Adam and Eve’s first sons.. that you will indeed go to this site and check it out for yourself.

      http://www.christiananswers.net/q-aig/aig-c004.html

      I myself was very intrigued by what I’d read. I hope you’ll take the time to read it. 😀

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  10. Tok Padang Jeringau
    Tok Padang Jeringau at |

    It should be mentioned that Prophet Muhammad had only a total of seven children : three boys and four girls. All the boys – Qassim, Abdullah & Ibrahim – died young. So all his grandchildren came from his daughters. The Prophet had just 7 grandchildren – of these 4 were the children of his daughter Fatimah, 2 from his daughter Zainab and 1 from Ruqqayah. Those claimed to be Sayyids – or descendants of the Prophets – traced them to only two of his grandchildren : Hussein and Hassan, both the sons of Fatimah. And both did not have multitude of children themselves.

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  11. canadaeh
    canadaeh at |

    #1 Eve- According to Anthropologists we are all 50th cousins.

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  12. auto devis
    auto devis at |

    How about Sultan Moulay Ismail of Morocco. He had more than 800 children

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  13. Peter Boucher
    Peter Boucher at |

    Here’s where I get lost. No. 1 Eve had 2 children, Cain and Abel, 2 men. So answer this, how did Cain and Abel procreate. The only thing that I can come up with is that Cain and Abel procreated and fornicated with their own mother, Eve. Any takers on that one. And just for the record, I would love to dedicate my post to Fundamentalists and Creationists who think that the Darwinian Theory of Evolution does not exist and that its bunk. Evolution exists. We evolved from Primates !!!!!

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    1. Gracie
      Gracie at |

      Adam and Eve had three sons. Cain, Abel and Seth. They also had unnamed daughters. When Cain lived in the land of Nod, far from Eden, he “knew” his wife. Genesis 4:16-26.

      Incest, maybe or maybe not. And no, I’m not a fundamentalist or creationist. Just saying it’s implied some other creatin’ was going on. Genesis is written verision of the oral history of a group of people who believed Adam and Eve were their ancestors. Nothing says they were the only people on earth. Just people the folk historians and writers weren’t interested in.

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      1. Peter Boucher
        Peter Boucher at |

        @ Gracie. Finally someone with intelligence and well manners has given me an insight on how it may have happened. I am an agnostic and don’t know the first thing about the Bible except for the name, Its versions (like The St, James version) and the first 3 words “In the beginning…..”. You have given me information that I had no idea about and I Thank You very much. I am originally from New Hampshire and visited this small museum in the Northern part of the state. In one of the room were the skeletal remains of a Black Bear fully intact and posing it as if it were standing n his hind legs. Just one look and I said to myself, “Who says that Evolution does not exist”. Again Gracie, Thank You for your info.

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        1. Gracie
          Gracie at |

          Thank you, Peter. We agnostics should have a working knowledge of the Bible. It is a foundation book of Western culture. The history, art, literature are all deeply influenced by it. Plus, it handy when we get the “You should read the Bible.” “I have and you’re wrong. It doesn’t say anything of the kind.”

          If you find it a hard slough, you could try Karen Armstrong’s The Bible: A Biography. She has serious street cred, former nun and honored religious scholar.
          For the most part, her books are objective, but not hostile. If you’re a Kindle freak, you get them there.

          FWIW I’m living in NH now. Love it.

  14. Chore Boy
    Chore Boy at |

    Seriously? You use only one source for each person? Some of these sources don’t even list any sources of their own. And anyone could say that the first modern man/woman (homosapien) has the most living descendants. This is a terrible list that is likely inaccurate. Try putting more effort into your research. Haven’t you ever taken a class where you have to write a research paper? If so (of course you have, unless you’re a dropout), don’t you remember that you’re required to have more than 1 source? This is an otherwise lovely site, so don’t let my callous criticism make you think I’m a complete asshole (I’m only 1/2 asshole).

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    1. TopTenz Master
      TopTenz Master at |

      We understand your concern and we certainly wish the time and budget could be applied to do the work you suggest. but unfortunately each author can only spend so much time on each article based on payment for their work. And since we cannot pay hundreds of dollars for each submission, the writers do the best they can for the time they have. That is why we always say these lists are for entertainment purposes only. Thanks for reading.

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  15. Chore Boy
    Chore Boy at |

    I’d reply to my own comment, but it hasn’t been approved. To clarify, not everything needs more than one source, but something as uncertain as ancestry (let alone almost anything in history itself) usually requires more.

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  16. Betty Dahlstedt
    Betty Dahlstedt at |

    I have a man in my ancestry that had two wives. He had 16 children with one and 9 with the other.
    I have documented them all. He was born 1841 in Löt, Sweden and died in 1913. Of these 25 there are four that I have not found death dates for. I believe that they may have left Sweden for the USA.

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