List of haplogroups of notable people

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This is a list of haplogroups of notable people. Haplogroups can be determined from the remains of historical figures, or derived from genealogical DNA tests of people who trace their direct maternal or paternal ancestry to a noted historical figure. Some contemporary notable figures have made their test results public in the course of news programs about this topic.



MtDNA results come from historical persons whose mitochondrial DNA has been tested; it identifies direct maternal ancestry, which is just one line out of many.

Ancient samples[edit]

These are results from ancient samples of the person or reputed remains of the person. Because mtDNA breaks down more slowly than nuclear DNA, it is often possible to obtain mtDNA results where other testing fails.


The supposed remains of Francesco Petrarca were tested for DNA in 2003.[1]

Name mitochondrial DNA sequence Haplogroup
body attributed to Petrarch 16126C, 16193T, 16311C J2

Ötzi the Iceman[edit]

Analysis of the mtDNA of Ötzi the Iceman, the frozen mummy from 3300 BC found on the Austrian-Italian border, has shown that Ötzi belongs to the K1 subclade. His mtDNA cannot be categorized into any of the three modern branches of that subclade (K1a, K1b or K1c). The new subclade has preliminarily been named K1ö for Ötzi.[2]

Mummy Juanita[edit]

The mummy "Juanita" of Peru, also called the "Ice Maiden", has been shown to belong to mitochondrial haplogroup A.[3][4]

"Markina Gora skeleton"[edit]

Analysis of mtDNA from the "Markina Gora" skeleton, an early modern human (EMH) male who was interred approximately 30,000 years ago, at Markina Gora (also known as "Kostenki 14"), near Kostyonki, Voronezh Oblast on the River Don in Russia, has shown that it belongs to the U2 subclade.[5][6]

The Cheddar Man[edit]

The skeleton excavated from the Cheddar Gorge is in haplogroup U5a. The Cheddar Man is the nickname for the ancient human remains found in Cheddar Gorge; his approximate date of death was 7150 BCE.

Name mitochondrial DNA sequence Haplogroup
Cheddar Man 16192T, 16270T U5a

mitosearch member code: 7MRU2

Oseberg ship remains[edit]

The remains of the younger of the two women buried with the Oseberg ship was tested and discovered to have mtDNA of U7.[7]

Name mitochondrial DNA sequence Haplogroup
Young Girl N/A U7

Sweyn II of Denmark[edit]

In order to verify whether the body of a woman entombed near Sweyn II of Denmark in Roskilde Cathedral is that of his mother Estrid, mtDNA from pulp of teeth from each of the two bodies was extracted and analysed. The king was assigned to mtDNA haplogroup H and the woman was assigned to mtDNA haplogroup H5a. Based on the observation of two HVR1 sequence differences, it was concluded that it is highly unlikely that the woman was the king's mother.[8]

Richard III of England[edit]

Richard III's mitochondrial haplotype was inferred from living descendants and then the identity of his remains confirmed through a multidisciplinary process including genetic analysis of both his mitochondrial and Y-DNA. In 2004 British historian John Ashdown-Hill traced a British-born woman living in Canada, Joy Ibsen (née Brown), who is a direct maternal line descendant of Anne of York, Duchess of Exeter, a sister of Richard III of England. Joy Ibsen's mtDNA was tested and belongs to mtDNA Haplogroup J.[9][10] Joy Ibsen died in 2008. On 4 February 2013, University of Leicester researchers announced that there was an mtDNA match between that of a skeleton exhumed in Leicester suspected of belonging to Richard III and that of Joy Ibsen's son, Michael Ibsen, and a second unnamed direct maternal line descendant.[11][12][13] They share mtDNA haplogroup J1c2c.[14][15]

Name mitochondrial DNA sequence Haplogroup
Richard III of England 16069T, 16126C, 73G, 146C, 185A, 188G, 263G, 295T, 315.1C J

Richard III the last king of the House of York and the last of the Plantagnet Dynasty - YDNA G-P287 n contrast to the Y-haplotypes of the putative modern relatives, Skeleton 1 belongs to haplogroup G-P287, with a corresponding Y-STR haplotype.[16]

Nicholas II of Russia[edit]

The last tsar of Russia, Nicholas II of Russia, was assigned to mtDNA haplogroup T, based on the following mutations: 16126C, 16169Y, 16294T, 16296T, 73G, 263G, 315.1C. His results matched those of a cousin, Count Nikolai Trubetskoy.[17][better source needed]

Deduction by descendant testing[edit]

Because mtDNA is carried through the direct female line, some researchers have identified the haplotype of historic persons by testing descendants in their direct female line. In the case of males, their mother's direct female lineage descendants are tested.

Benjamin Franklin[edit]

Doras Folger, one of Benjamin Franklin's mother's six sisters, passed on her mtDNA to her 9th-great-granddaughter, Charlene Chambers King, therefore showing Franklin to belong to haplogroup V.[18]

Name mitochondrial DNA sequence Haplogroup
Benjamin Franklin T16298C, 315.1C, 309.1C, A263G, and T72C. V

Queen Victoria[edit]

mtDNA Haplogroup H (16111T, 16357C, 263G, 315.1C): Empress Alexandra of Russia's identity was confirmed by matching her mtDNA with that of her grand-nephew, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Their common maternal ancestor, Princess Alice of the United Kingdom, and her mother, Queen Victoria, must therefore have shared this haplotype. Genealogies show that Charles II of England had the same matrilineal ancestress as Queen Victoria, an unknown mistress of Theobald I of Navarre.

Edward IV of England[edit]

Edward IV of England and his brother Richard III of England, both sons of Cecily Neville, Duchess of York, would have shared the same mtDNA haplogroup J1c2c.[14]

Figures from popular culture[edit]

The following are contemporary individuals who have had mtDNA results publicized:

Christian Cardell Corbet[edit]

The Canadian portrait artist Christian Cardell Corbet belongs to mtDNA haplogroup H.[19][20]

Name mitochondrial DNA sequence Haplogroup
Christian Cardell Corbet 16519C H

Katie Couric[edit]

During an interview with Dr. Spencer Wells of The National Geographic Genographic Project, the host Katie Couric was revealed to belong to haplogroup K.[21]

Stephen Colbert[edit]

Stephen Colbert was told by Dr Spencer Wells that he is a member of haplogroup K.[22]

Ximena Navarrete[edit]

Ximena Navarrete Miss Universe 2010, is haplogroup J. QUO, a scientific magazine, states her haplogroup survived the Pleistocene ice age, whose individuals were protected from the weather in the region known as the Franco-Cantabrian, located in northern Spain and southwestern France.[23]

Desmond Tutu[edit]

Desmond Tutu, South African activist and Christian cleric, according to a study on Southern African genetics belongs to mtDNA haplogroup L0d, a subgroup of Haplogroup L0 (mtDNA).[24]

Nelson Mandela[edit]

Nelson Mandela, former President of South Africa, belonged to mtDNA haplogroup L0d (previously known as L1d), a subgroup of Haplogroup L0 (mtDNA).[25][26][27][28]


Bono, the vocalist for the Irish rock band U2, belongs to mtDNA haplogroup V.[29][30][31]

Evolutionary tree of human mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) haplogroups

  Mitochondrial Eve (L)    
L0 L1–6
L1 L2 L3   L4 L5 L6
  M   N  
CZ D E G Q   O A S   R   I W X Y
C Z B F R0   pre-JT P  U


The results for Y-DNA genealogical DNA tests are either from the men themselves, or from men who have inferred paternal descent from historical figures. Scientists make the inference as a hypothesis which could be disproved or improved by future research.

Ancient samples[edit]

Cao Cao, the Cao Wei State of Ancient China & the Takamuko Clan of Japan[edit]

Chinese warlord Cao Cao, who was posthumously titled Emperor Wu of the state of Cao Wei, belonged to Y-DNA haplogroup O2 according to DNA tests of some documented descendants.[32][33] Ancient DNA analysis of the tooth of Cao Cao's granduncle, Cao Ding, showed that Cao Cao belonged to Y-DNA haplogroup O2*-M268.[34] The Takamuko clan of Japan claims agnatic descent from Cao Pi, who was the first Emperor of the state of Cao Wei and the eldest son of Cao Cao. This suggests that the Takamuko clan also belongs to Y-DNA haplogroup O2. The Takamuko clan is most famous for Takamuko no Kuromaro.


An academic study which included DNA profiling of some of the related male mummies of the 18th Dynasty of Egypt was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2010. Tutankhamun's Y-DNA haplogroup was not published in the academic paper,[35][36][37] however iGENEA, a Swiss personal genomics claimed to have reconstructed King Tut's Y-DNA profile based on screencaps from a Discovery Channel documentary about the study. iGENEA found that King Tut belonged to Y-DNA haplogroup R1b1a2,[38][39][40] Members of the research team that conducted the academic study published in 2010 stated they had not been consulted by iGENEA before they published the haplogroup information and described iGENEA's claims as "unscientific." [37] After pressure to publish Tutankhamun's full DNA report to confirm his Y-DNA results, the researchers refused to respond.

Ramesses III[edit]

In December 2012, a genetic study conducted by the same researchers who decoded King Tutankhamun's DNA found that Ramesses III, second Pharaoh of the Twentieth Dynasty and considered to be the last great New Kingdom king to wield any substantial authority over Egypt belonged to Y-DNA haplogroup E1b1a.[41]

Richard III of England[edit]

Richard III of England was confirmed to be haplogroup G2a. [42]

Nicholas II of Russia[edit]

Nicholas II of Russia has been predicted as having an R1b haplotype.[43][44]

DYS 393 390 19 391 385a 385b 439 389i 392 389ii 458 456 635 Y-GATA-H4 437 438 448
Alleles 13 24 14 10 11 14 11 13 13 29 17 16 24 12 15 12 19

Ötzi the Iceman[edit]

Ötzi the Iceman has been found to be Y-DNA haplogroup G2a2b.[45] The actual term used was G2a4, but the presumed L91 mutation has since been given a new category, G2a2b.

Birger Magnusson[edit]

Birger Jarl, the founder of Stockholm the modern capital of Sweden, according to Andreas Carlsson at The National Board of Forensic Medicine of Sweden, belonged to haplogroup I1. Birger Magnusson was the ancestor of a line of kings of both Sweden and Norway, starting with his son Valdemar Birgersson.[46]

Deduction by descendant testing[edit]

Charles Darwin[edit]

Charles Darwin belonged to Haplogroup R1b, based on a sample from his great-great-grandson.[47]

Albert Einstein[edit]

Albert Einstein belonged to haplogroup E1b1b1b2* E-Z830, with a sample taken from a paternal descendant of Naphtali Hirsch Einstein.[48][49]


As it was thought that the Lithuanian family of Gediminas or the Gediminids might ultimately belong to the Rurikid line, the same Rurikid Dynasty DNA Project sought to discover the haplogroup of their famous founder Gediminas. It was surprisingly found that while this is not precisely the case, the Gediminids also belong to the Y-DNA Haplogroup N1c1, yet of a different subclade. In fact the Gediminids and Rurikids are actually very distant cousins, sharing a common ancestor circa 2,500 years ago.[50]

Person DYS 393 390 19 391 385a 385b 426 388 439 389i 392 389ii 458 459a 459b 455 454 447 437 448 449 464a 464b 464c 464d
Khovansky Alleles 14 23 15 11 11 13 11 12 10 15 15 31 17 9 9 11 12 25 14 19 27 14 14 15 15
Czartoryski Alleles 14 23 15 11 11 13 11 12 11 14 15 30 17 9 9 11 12 25 14 19 29 14 14 15 15
Galitzine Alleles 14 23 15 11 11 13 11 12 11 14 15 30 17 9 9 11 12 25 14 19 28 14 14 15 15
Trubetskoy Alleles 14 23 15 11 11 13 11 12 10 13 15 29 17 9 9 11 12 25 14 20 28 14 14 15 15

Ysearch: HP2VB, 7FWBE, HUD38,

Russian Nobility DNA Project- note, however, that this information originally came from the Rurikid Dynasty DNA Project: [1]

Genghis Khan[edit]

DNA purported to be from Genghis Khan does not have the benefit of near and easily documented lineages. A distinct 'modal' result centers today on Mongolia.

According to Zerjal et al. (2003),[51] Genghis Khan is believed to have belonged to Haplogroup C-M130711(xC3c-M48).

DYS 393 390 391 425 426 434 435 436 437i 438 439 388 389i 389ii 392
Alleles 13 25 10 12 11 11 11 12 8 10 10 14 10 26 11

According to Family Tree DNA,[52] Genghis Khan is believed to have belonged to Haplogroup C-M217.

Extended 25 Marker Y-DNA modal based on Mongolians matching the above modal haplotype in the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation database,[53] which also corresponds to the modal assigned to Genghis Khan released by Family Tree DNA:[52]

DYS 393 390 19 391 385a 385b 426 388 439 389i 392 389ii 458 459a 459b 455 454 447 437 448 449 464a 464b 464c 464d
Alleles 13 25 16 10 12 13 11 14 10 13 11 29 18 8 8 11 12 26 14 22 27 11 11 12 16

Ysearch: GF44B

Oxford university's department of biochemistry gives an extended haplotype (SMGF standard allele count).[54]

DYS 393 392 449 446 390 389b 464a 464b 464c 464d 461 394 458 462 391 459a 459b 460 YGATAA10 385a 385b 455 YGATAH4
Alleles 13 11 27 21 25 16 11 11 12 16 11 17 18 13 10 8 8 10 13 12 13 11 11
DYS YGATAC4 426 454 YCAIIa YCAIIb GGAAT1B07 388 447 456 441 439 437 442 445 389I 448 438 452 444 463
Alleles 21 11 12 22 23 10 14 26 15 15 10 14 11 12 13 25 10 31 14 23

Ysearch: GF44B (78 Y-STRs)

Gia Long[edit]

Gia Long, who was the first emperor of the Nguyễn Dynasty of Vietnam as founded by the Nguyen-Phuoc family, may have belonged to Y-DNA haplogroup O2a according to the DNA test of one documented descendant (if paternity matches genealogy).[55] Given the sample size, however, this result cannot be regarded as conclusive and further testing of other documented descendants is necessary to help confirm or refute this finding.

Alexander Hamilton[edit]

Alexander Hamilton belonged to Y-DNA haplogroup I1.[56]

DYS 393 390 19 391 385A 385B 426 388 439 389I 392 389II 458 459A 459B 455 454 447 437 448 449 464A 464B 464C 464D
Alleles 13 22 14;15 10 13 14 11 14 12 13 11 29 15 8 9 8 11 22 16 20 31 12 14 15 15
DYS 460 GATA-H4 YCAIIA YCAIIB 456 607 576 570 CDYA CDYB 442 438
Alleles 10 10 19 21 14 16 16 19 35 38 12 10

Adolf Hitler[edit]

According to research published in 2004, Adolf Hitler, dictator of Germany during 1933–1945, likely belonged to Y-DNA Haplogroup E1b1b1 (E-M35), a haplogroup which originated in East Africa about 22,400 years BP.[57]

In 2010, journalist Jean-Paul Mulders and historian Marc Vermeeren publicised analysis of samples taken from 39 patrlineal relatives of Hitler, supporting the above finding and pointing out that Haplopgroup E1b1b was now common among Berbers, Somalis and Jews. Mulders contradicted interpretations of his research by some media outlets, which claimed that Hitler definitely had Jewish ancestry. Mulders commented: "I never wrote that Hitler was a Jew, or that he had a Jewish grandfather. I only wrote that Hitler's haplogroup is E1b1b, being more common among Berbers, Somalian people and Jews than among overall Germans. This, in order to convey that he was not exactly what during the Third Reich would have been called 'Aryan.' All the rest are speculations of journalists who didn't even take the trouble to read my article, although I had it translated into English especially for this purpose."[58] Family Tree DNA, the largest Y-chromosome testing organization for genealogy and ancestry purposes, with a Y-chromosome database containing close to 200,000 samples from different populations, also said that some assertions about Hitler’s ancestry, based on information released by Mulders and Vermeeren, are "highly questionable". Family Tree DNA’s Chief Y-DNA Scientist, Professor Michael Hammer said that "scientific studies as well as records from our own database[,] make it clear that one cannot reach the kind of conclusion featured in the published articles". Family Tree DNA records showed that at least 9% of the populations of Germany and Austria belonged to Haplogroup E1b1b, and about 80% of that group had no Jewish ancestry. "This data clearly show that just because one person belongs to the branch of the Y-chromosome referred to as haplogroup E1b1b, that does not mean the person is likely to be of Jewish ancestry," said Professor Hammer.

Thomas Jefferson[edit]

Main article: Jefferson DNA data

Direct male-line descendants of a cousin of United States president Thomas Jefferson were DNA tested to investigate historical assertions that Jefferson fathered children with his slave Sally Hemings.[59] An extended 17-marker haplotype was published in 2007,[60] and the company Family Tree DNA has also published results for other markers in its standard first 12-marker panel.[61] Combining these sources gives the consolidated 21-marker haplotype below. The Jeffersons belong to Haplogroup T (former K2).

DYS 393 390 19 391 385a 385b 426 388 439 389i 392 389ii 437 460 438 461 462 436 434 435 DXYS
Alleles 13 24 15 10 13 16 11 12 12 12 15 27 14 10 9 11 13 12 11 11 12

(Note: the value of DXYS 156Y was reported as 7 in the original paper. This is believed to translate to 12 in the convention now used by DNA testing labs and online databases).

King of France Louis XIV[edit]

Louis XIV of France belonged to haplogroup Haplogroup R1b (Y-DNA).[62]


Napoleon Bonaparte belonged to haplogroup E1b1b1c1* (E-M34*). This haplogroup has its highest concentration in Ethiopia and in the Near East (Jordan). According to the authors of the study, "Probably Napoléon also knew his remote oriental patrilineal origins, because Francesco Buonaparte (the Giovanni son), who was a mercenary under the orders of the Genoa Republic in Ajaccio in 1490, was nicknamed “The Maur of Sarzane”.[63]

Niall of the Nine Hostages[edit]

A study conducted at Trinity College, Dublin,[64] found that a striking percentage of men in Ireland (and quite a few in Scotland) share the same Y chromosome. Niall established a dynasty of powerful chieftains who dominated the island for six centuries. Niall belongs to Haplogroup R1b1c7 (M222). It should be noted that Dr. Moore's results examined some different parts of DNA (loci) from the result given here. More recently, however, it has been determined that the emergence of R-M222 predates Niall and may be more than 2,000 years old. Therefore, not all men who belong to this haplogroup are descendants of Niall.

DYS 393 390 19 391 385a 385b 426 388 439 389i 392 389ii 458 459a 459b 455 454 447 437 448 449 464a 464b 464c 464d
Alleles 13 25 14 11 11 13 12 12 12 13 14 29 17 9 10 11 11 25 15 18 30 15 16 16 17

Ysearch: M5UKQ

Fath Ali Shah Qajar[edit]

Fath-Ali Shah Qajar (1772-1834), the second emperor/shah of the Qajar Dynasty of Persia belonged to haplogroup J1 with DYS388 = 13 as deducted from testing of descendants of several of his sons.[65]

All Russian emperors from at least Nicholas I to Nicholas II "Holstein-Gottorp-Romanov"[edit]

The haplotype of Nicholas II of Russia has been predicted to belong to R1b.[44] It matched a member of another line of Nicholas I's descendants.


Main articles: Somerled and Clann Somhairle

In 2003 Oxford University researchers traced the Y-chromosome signature of Somerled of Argyll, one of Scotland's greatest warriors, who is credited with driving out the Vikings. He was also paternal grandfather of the founder of Clan Donald. Through clan genealogies, the genetic relation was mapped out.[66] Somerled belongs to haplogroup R1a1.

In 2005 a study by Professor of Human Genetics Bryan Sykes of Oxford University led to the conclusion that Somerled has possibly 500,000 living descendants — making him the second most common historical ancestor after Genghis Khan.[67] Sykes deduced that despite Somerled's reputation for having driven out the Vikings from Scotland, Somerled's own Y-DNA most closely matched that of the Vikings he fought.

The Y-DNA sequence is as follows (12 markers):[68]

DYS 393 390 19 391 385a 385b 426 388 439 389i 392 389ii 458 459a 459b 455 454 447 437 448 449 464a 464b 464c 464d
Alleles 13 25 15 11 11 14 12 12 10 14 11 31 16 8 10 11 11 23 14 20 31 12 15 15 16

Tonu Trubetsky[edit]

R1a1a, shown not related to real Princes Trubetskoy.

DYS 393 390 19 391 385a 385b 426 388 439 389i 392 389ii 458 459a 459b 455 454 447 437 448 449 464a 464b 464c 464d
Alleles 13 25 15 11 11 14 12 12 10 13 11 31 15 9 10 11 11 25 14 21 32 12 12 14 14

Ysearch: WUZG2

Figures from popular culture[edit]

Warren Buffett and Jimmy Buffett[edit]

Warren Buffett and Jimmy Buffett belong to Y-DNA haplogroup I1 which is most common in and around Scandinavia.[69] However, they are not closely related.[70]

Nick Donofrio[edit]

Nick Donofrio belongs to Y-DNA haplogroup J2.[71]

Eddie Izzard[edit]

Eddie Izzard belongs to haplogroup I-M223 according to the documentary series Meet the Izzards.[72]

Nelson Mandela[edit]

Nelson Mandela, former President of South Africa, belonged to Haplogroup E1b1a (Y-DNA) (also known as E-M2) typical of Bantu peoples.[25][27]

Mike Nichols[edit]

Mike Nichols belongs to Y-DNA haplogroup J2a1b.[73]

Dr. Mehmet Cengis Oz also known as Dr. Oz[edit]

Dr. Mehmet Oz belongs to Y-DNA haplogroup J2a1b.[74]

Chris Rock[edit]

American comedian Chris Rock belongs to Y-DNA haplogroup B (subclade B2a1). He is paternally descended from the Uldeme people of Cameroon.[75]

Desmond Tutu[edit]

Desmond Tutu, South African retired Archbishop of Cape Town, according to a study on Southern African genetics belongs to Y-DNA haplogroup E1b1a1g.[24]

Spencer Wells[edit]

Spencer Wells, the project director of The Genographic Project, is a member of haplogroup R1b.[76]

Evolutionary tree of human Y-chromosome DNA (Y-DNA) haplogroups
MRC Y-ancestor
A00 A0'1'2'3'4
A0 A1'2'3'4
A1 A2'3'4
I J LT(K1) K (K2)
L T MPS (K2b) X (K2a)
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