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Borjigin
Боржигин
Country Mongolia, China
Titles Khagan, Khan
Founded ca. 900 AD
Founder Bodonchar Munkhag
Final ruler Ligden Khan
Current head Unknown
Deposition 1635–
Ethnicity Mongol
Cadet branches Before Genghis Khan: Khiyan, Tayichigud, Jurkhin; after Genghis Khan: Khiyad-Borjigin, Jochids, Khorchin-Borjigins, Girays, Sheybanids, Khoshut

Borjigin (plural Borjigid; Mongolian: Боржигин, Borjigin; Борджигин, Bordžigin; simplified Chinese: 博尔济吉特; traditional Chinese: 博爾濟吉特; pinyin: Bó'ěrjìjítè), Mongolian script: Borjigit 1.png

Mongol Empire c 1207

Borjigit, also known as the Altan urag (Mongolian: Алтан ураг, Altan urag, Golden kin), were the imperial clan of Genghis Khan and his successors. The senior Borjigids provided ruling princes for Mongolia and Inner Mongolia until the 20th century.[1] The clan formed the ruling class among the Mongols some other peoples of Central Asia and Eastern Europe. Today, the Borjigid are found in most of Mongolia, Inner Mongolia, and Xinjiang,[1] although genetic research has shown that descent from Genghis Khan is common in Central Asia.

Origin[edit]

The patrilineage began with Blu-grey Wolf (Börte Chino) and Fallow Doe (Gua Maral). As in The Secret History of the Mongols, their 11th generation descendant Dobu Mergen's widow Alan Gua the Fair was impregnated by a ray of light.[2] Her youngest son became the ancestor of the later Borjigid.[3] He was Bodonchar Munkhag (the Simple), who along with his brothers sired the entire Mongol nation.[4] According to Rashid-al-Din Hamadani, many of the older Mongolian clans were founded by members of the Borjigin — Barlas, Urud, Manghud, Taichiut, Chonos, Kiyat, etc. The first Khan of the Mongol was Bodonchar Munkhag's great-great-grandson Khaidu Khan. Khaidu's grandsons Khabul Khan and Ambaghai Khan (founder of the Taichiut clan) succeeded him. Thereafter, Qabul's sons, Hotula Khan and Yesugei, and great-grandson Temujin (Genghis Khan) ruled the Khamag Mongol. By the unification of the Mongols in 1206, virtually all of Temujin's uncles and first cousins died, and from then on only the descendants of Yesugei Baghatur formed the Borjigid.

Mongol Empire[edit]

See also: Appanage
The Mongol Empire, ca. 1300. The gray area is the later Timurid empire.

The Borjigin family ruled over the Mongol Empire from the 13th to 14th century. The rise of Genghis (Chingis) narrowed the scope of the Borjigid-Kiyad clans sharply.[5] This separation was emphasized by the intermarriage of Genghis's descendants with the Barlas, Baarin, Manghud and other branches of the original Borjigid. In the western regions of the Empire, the Jurkin and perhaps other lineages near to Genghis's lineage used the clan name Kiyad but did not share in the privileges of the Genghisids. The Borjigit clan had once dominated large lands stretching from Java to Iran and from Indo-China to Novgorod. In 1335, with the disintegration of the Ilkhanate in Iran, the first of numerous non-Borjigid-Kiyad dynasties appeared. Established by marriage partners of Genghisids, these included the Suldus Chupanids, Jalayirids in the Middle East, the Barulas dynasties in Chagatai Khanate and India, the Manghud and Onggirat dynasties in the Golden Horde and Central Asia, and the Oirats in western Mongolia.

In 1368, under Toghun Temür, the Yuan dynasty was overthrown by the Ming dynasty in China but members of the family continued to rule over Mongolia into the 17th century, known as the Northern Yuan dynasty. Descendants of Genghis Khan's brothers, Hasar and Belgutei, surrendered to the Ming in the 1380s. By 1470 the Borjigin lines were severely weakened, and Mongolia was in almost chaos.

Post-Mongol Empire[edit]

The Tumens of Mongolia Proper and vassal states of the Mongol Empire by 1400

After the breakup of the Golden Horde, the Khiyat continued to rule the Crimea and Kazan until the late 18th century. They were annexed by the Russian Empire and the Chinese. In Mongolia, the Kublaids reigned as Khagan of the Mongols, however, descendants of Ögedei and Ariq Böke usurped the throne briefly.

Under Dayan Khan (1480–1517) a broad Borjigid revival reestablished Borjigid supremacy among the Mongols proper. His descendants proliferated to become a new ruling class. The Borjigin clan was the strongest of the 49 Mongol banners from which the Bontoi clan proper supported and fought for their Khan and for their honor. The eastern Khorchins were under the Hasarids, and the Ongnigud, Abagha Mongols were under the Belguteids and Temüge Odchigenids. A fragment of the Hasarids deported to Western Mongolia became the Khoshuts.

The Qing dynasty respected the Borjigin family and the early emperors married the Hasarid Borjigids of the Khorchin. Even among the pro-Qing Mongols, traces of the alternative tradition survived. Aci Lomi, a banner general, wrote his History of the Borjigid Clan in 1732–35.[6] The 18th century and 19th century Qing nobility was adorned by the descendants of the early Mongol adherents including the Borjigin.[7]

Genghisids[edit]

Among the Asian dynasties descended from Genghis Khan were the Yuan dynasty of China, the Ilkhanids of Persia, the Jochids of the Golden Horde, the Shaybanids of Siberia, and the Astrakhanids of Central Asia. As a rule, the Genghisid descent was crucial in Tatar politics. For instance, Mamai had to exercise his authority through a succession of puppet khans but could not assume the title of khan himself because he was not of the Genghisid lineage.

The word "Chingisid" derives from the name of the Mongol conqueror Genghis (Chingis) Khan (c. 1162–1227 CE). Genghis and his successors created a vast empire stretching from the Sea of Japan to the Black Sea.

  • The Chingisid principle,[8] or golden lineage, was the rule of inheritance laid down in the (Yassa), the legal code attributed to Genghis Khan.
  • A Chingisid prince was one who could trace direct descent from Genghis Khan in the male line, and who could therefore claim high respect in the Mongol and Turkic world.
  • The Chingisid states were the successor states or Khanates after the Mongol empire broke up following the death of the Genghis Khan's sons and their successors.
  • The term Chingisid people was used to describe the people of Genghis Khan's armies who came in contact with Europeans, primarily the Golden Horde, led by Batu Khan, a grandson of Genghis. These were predominantly OghuzTurkic speaking people rather than Mongols. (Although the aristocracy was largely Mongol, Mongols were never more than a small minority in the armies and the lands they conquered.) Europeans often (incorrectly) called the people of the Golden Horde Tartars.

Babur and Humayun, founders of the Mughal Empire in India, asserted their authority as Chinggisids. Because they claimed it through their maternal lineage, they had never used the clan name Borjigin.

The last ruling monarch, Mohammed Alim Khan (d. 1944), of Genghisid ancestry was overthrown by Red Army in 1920.

Yuan dynasty family tree[edit]

Genghis Khan founded the Mongol Empire in 1206. His grandson, Kublai Khan, after defeating his younger brother Ariq Böke, founded the Yuan dynasty in China in 1271. The dynasty was overthrown by the Ming dynasty during the reign of Toghaghan-Temür in 1368, but it survived in Mongolia, known as the Northern Yuan. Although the kingship was usurped by Esen Tayisi of the Oirats in 1453, he was overthrown in the next year. A recovery of the khaganate was achieved by Dayan Khan, but the territory was segmented by his descendants. The last khaan Ligden died in 1634 and his son Ejei Khongghor submitted himself to Hong Taiji the next year, ending the Northern Yuan regime.[9] However, the Borjigin nobles continued to rule their subjects until the 20th century under the Qing.[10][11]

Yuan genealogy.png

Or in a different version (years of reign over the Northern Yuan dynasty [up to 1388] are given in brackets).


 
 
 
 
YUANEMPS
 
YUANEMPS
 
YUANEMPS
 
YUANEMPS
 
YUANEMPS
 
YUANEMPS
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Yesükhei Baghatur
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1
 
2
 
3 (1)
 
4 (2)
 
5 (3)
 
6 (4)
Belgutei
 
Bekhter
 
Temujin
Genghis Khan
~1162–1227

Taizu 太祖
Khagan 1206–27
 
Hasar
 
Hachiun
 
Temüge
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1
 
2
 
3
 
 
 
 
 
4
Jochi
d. 1227
 
Chagatai
d. 1241
 
Ögedei Khan
~1186–1241

Taizong 太宗
Khagan 1229–41
 
 
 
 
 
Tolui
~1190–1232

Ruizong 睿宗
(Khagan 1227–29)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1
 
1
 
2
 
3
 
4
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Güyük Khan
~1206–1248

Dingzong 定宗
Khagan 1246–48
 
Möngke Khan
~1208–1259

Xianzong 憲宗
Khagan 1251–59
 
Kublai Khan
1215–1294
Khagan 1260–71

Shizu 世祖
1271–1294
 
Hulagu
~1217–1265
Ilkhan 1256–65
 
Ariq Böke
d. 1266
Khagan 1260?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Zhenjin 真金
1243–1285

Yuzong 裕宗
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1
 
 
 
 
 
2
 
 
 
 
 
3
 
 
 
 
Kamala
d. 1302

Xianzong 显宗
 
 
 
 
 
Darmabala
Shunzong 顺宗
 
 
 
 
 
Temür
Öljeytü Khan
1265–1307

Chengzong 成宗
1294–1307
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1
 
 
1
 
 
 
 
2
 
 
 
 
 
Yesün Temür Khan
1293–1328

Taiding 泰定
1323–1328
 
 
Kayishan
Külüg Khan
1281-1311

Wuzong 武宗
1308–1311
 
 
 
 
Ayurbarwada
Buyantu Khan
1286–1320

Renzong 仁宗
1311–1320
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1
 
1
 
2
 
1
 
 
 
 
 
Ragibagh Khan
~1320–1328?

Tianshun 天順
1328
 
Kuśala
Khutughtu Khan
1300–1329

Mingzong 明宗
1329
 
Tugh Temür
Jayaatu Khan
1304–1332

Wenzong 文宗
1328–29, 1329–32
 
Shidibala
Gegeen Khan
1303–1323

Yingzong 英宗
1321–1323
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1
 
2
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Toghun Temür Ukhaantu Khan
1320–1370

Huizong 惠宗
1333–68 ( –1370)
 
Rinchinbal Khan
1326–1332

Ningzong 寧宗
1332
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ayushiridara
Biligtü Khan

Zhaozong 昭宗
(1370–1378)
 
Tögüs Temür
Uskhal Khan

Yizong 益宗
(1378–1388)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Modern relevance and descent from Genghis Khan[edit]

Further information: Descent from Genghis Khan
Navaanneren, Minister of the Interior, who along with the 23rd Tushiyetu Khan Dorjsurenkhoroljav (1908-1937) was the last of the Borjigin with the title of Khan in Mongolia. He was executed during the great purges of 1937.

The Borjigin held power over Mongolia for many centuries (even during Qing period) and only lost power when Communists took control in the 20th century. Aristocratic descent was something to be forgotten in the socialist period.[12] Joseph Stalin's henchmen executed some 30,000 Mongols including Borjigin nobles in a series of campaigns against their culture and religion.[13] Clan association has lost its practical relevance in the 20th century, but is still considered a matter of honour and pride by many Mongolians. In 1920s the communist regime banned the use of clan names. When the ban was lifted again in 1997, and people were told they had to have surnames, most families had lost knowledge about their clan association. Because of that, a disproportionate number of families registered the most prestigious clan name Borjigin, many of them without historic justification.[14][15] The label Borjigin is used as a measure of cultural supremacy.[16]

In Inner Mongolia, the Borjigid or Kiyad name became the basis for many Chinese surnames.[5] The Inner Mongolian Borjigin Taijis took the surname Bao (from Borjigid) and in Ordos Qi (Qiyat). A genetic research has proposed that as many as 16 million men from Manchuria to Afghanistan may have Borjigid-Kiyad ancestry,[17] but the professionalism of that study is being criticised[citation needed]. The Qiyat clan name is still found among the Kazakhs, Uzbeks and Karakalpaks.

List of Kiyad-Borjigin dynasties[edit]

Prominent Kiyads or Borjigins[edit]

The Mongol Empire and its client states, c. 1311.

Rulers of the Khamag Mongol (11th century–1206)[edit]

Emperors and rulers of the Mongol Empire (1206–1368)[edit]

Genghis Khan's brothers[edit]

Rulers of the Khanates[edit]

Yuan dynasty[edit]
Golden Horde[edit]
Batu Khan on his throne.
Ilkhanate[edit]
Chagatai Khanate[edit]

Post-Mongol Empire Golden Horde (1360–1502)[edit]

Crimean Khanate (1441–1783)[edit]

Kazan Khanate (1438–1552)[edit]

Uzbek Khanates (15th – mid 20th century)[edit]

Mohammed Alim Khan, last Emir of the Manghit lineage, 1911. Early color photograph by Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky.

Kazakh Khanate (1456–1847)[edit]

Northern Yuan dynasty (1368–1691)[edit]

Ruler of the Tumed[edit]

Khalkha[edit]

Empress of the Qing dynasty (1636–1717)[edit]

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Footnotes
  1. ^ a b Caroline Humphrey, David Sneath The end of Nomadism?, p.27
  2. ^ The Secret History of the Mongols, Ch.1 $17
  3. ^ Herbert Franke, Denis Twitchett, John King Fairbank The Cambridge History of China: Alien regimes and border states, 907-1368, p.330
  4. ^ Kahn, Paul. The Secret History of the Mongols, p. 10.
  5. ^ a b C. P. Atwood-Encyclopedia of Mongolia and the Mongol Empire, p.45
  6. ^ Peter C. Perdue China marches west, p.487
  7. ^ Pamela Kyle Crossley A Translucent Mirror, p.213
  8. ^ Russia and the Golden Horde: The Mongol Impact on Medieval Russian History (Chapter VIII) by Charles J. Halperin, Indiana University Press, 1985 ISBN 0-253-20445-3, ISBN 978-0-253-20445-5
  9. ^ Ann Heirman, Stephan Peter Bumbacher The spread of Buddhism, p.395
  10. ^ David Sneath Changing Inner Mongolia: pastoral Mongolian society and the Chinese state, p.21
  11. ^ Wada Sei did pioneer work on this field, and Honda Minobu and Okada Hidehiro modified it, using newly discovered Persian (Timurid) records and Mongol chronicles.
  12. ^ Caroline Humphrey, David Sneath The end of Nomadism?, p.28
  13. ^ Jack Weatherford Genghis Khan, p.XV
  14. ^ "In Search of Sacred Names", Mongolia Today 
  15. ^ Magnier, Mark (October 23, 2004). "Identity Issues in Mongolia". Los Angeles Times. 
  16. ^ Carole Pegg Mongolian music, dance, & oral narrative, p.22
  17. ^ Genetic legacy of the Mongols, American journal of Human genetics 72. p. 717-721
  18. ^ According to H.H.Howorth, Mamai used the clan name Kiyad which is near to Genghisid lineage. However, he was not direct descendant of Genghis Khan, The History of the Mongols, part.II, D.II, p.190
Further reading
  • Wada Sei 和田清. Tōashi Kenkyū (Mōko Hen) 東亜史研究 (蒙古編). Tokyo, 1959.
  • Honda Minobu 本田實信. On the genealogy of the early Northern Yüan, Ural-Altaische Jahrbücher, XXX-314, 1958.
  • Okada Hidehiro 岡田英弘. Dayan Hagan no nendai ダヤン・ハガンの年代. Tōyō Gakuhō, Vol. 48, No. 3 pp. 1–26 and No. 4 pp. 40–61, 1965.
  • Okada Hidehiro 岡田英弘. Dayan Hagan no sensei ダヤン・ハガンの先世. Shigaku Zasshi. Vol. 75, No. 5, pp. 1–38, 1966.
Royal house
House of Borjigin
Preceded by
Liao dynasty
Ruling House of Mongolia
11th century–1635
Great Khan's seat in Chahar was conquered by the Aisin Gioro
New title Ruling House of the Mongol Empire
1206–1368
Northern Yuan dynasty
the Empire collapsed
Preceded by
Song dynasty
Ruling House of China
1271–1368
Protector of Tibet
1271-1368
Preceded by
Khwārazm-Shāh dynasty
Ruling House of Persian Empire
1247–1335
Succeeded by
Jalayirids
Chupanid Suldus
Preceded by
The Khanate established
Ruling House of the Golden Horde
1236–1502
Succeeded by
Kiyat Girays
Tatars