List of people with the most children

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This article lists people who are known to have parented the most children.



This section lists women who have borne the most children.

No. of children Mother/Couple Notes
69 Mrs. and Mr. Vassilyev (1st wife) Vassilyev and his first wife, whose name is unknown, hold the record for the most children a couple has parented. She gave birth to a total of 69 children – sixteen pairs of twins, seven sets of triplets and four sets of quadruplets – between 1725 and 1765, in a total of 27 births. 67 of the 69 children born were said to have survived infancy.[1][2] (Vassilyev also had six sets of twins and two sets of triplets with a second wife, for another 18 children in eight births; he fathered a total of 87 children.) Doubts have been raised about the veracity of the claim.[3]
62 Mrs. and Mr. Gravata A Tuscan woman named Gravata birthed a total of 62 live children.[4]
57 Mrs. and Mr. Yakov Kirillov The first wife of peasant Yakov Kirillov from the village of Vvedensky, Russia, gave birth to 57 children in a total of 21 births. She had four sets of quadruplets, seven sets of triplets and ten sets of twins. All of the children were alive in 1755, when Kirillov, aged 60, was presented at Court.[5]

As with the Vassilyev case, the truth of these claims has not been established, and is highly improbable.

55 Leontina (née Espinosa) and Gerardo Secunda Albina Leontina Albina (born 1926) married in Argentina in 1943 and gave birth to her 55th registered child in San Antonio, Chile in 1981, aged 55.[6] She claimed to have another 9 children, but none of them were registered.[7][unreliable source?] Gerardo Secunda Albina (born 1921) stated that they had five sets of triplets (all boys) before coming to Chile. Eleven children were lost in an earthquake. Only 40, 24 boys and 16 girls, survived.[8]
53 Barbara and Adam Stratzmann It is claimed that Barbara Stratzmann (c. 1448 – 1503) of Bönnigheim, Germany, gave birth to 53 children (38 sons and 15 daughters) in a total of 29 births by 1498. She had one set of septuplets, one set of sextuplets, four sets of triplets and five sets of twins. Nineteen of the children were stillborn, the eldest surviving was eight years old in 1498.[9]

As with the Vassilyev and Kirillov cases above, the survival of any one of the offspring of the alleged multiple births is questionable, as is the likelihood of so many multiple births in an era before fertility drugs.

52 Maddalena Granata Maddalena Granata (born 1839) of the City of Nocera, Italy, who married at age 28, had given birth to 52 living and dead children, 49 being males, by 1886. Dr. de Sanctis, of Nocera, stated that she had 15 sets of triplets.[10][11]
42 Elizabeth and John Mott Elizabeth Mott of Monks Kirby, Warwickshire, married in 1676 and produced 42 live-born children. She died in 1720.[12]
41 Alice Hookes According to the inscription on a gravestone in Conway Church cemetery, Gwynedd, North Wales, Nicholas Hookes (died 1637) was the 41st child of his mother Alice Hookes, but there were no further details.[8]
39 Elizabeth and William Greenhill Thomas Greenhill was the last child of 39 by his mother Elizabeth (1615–1681) and William Greenhill.[13] The family consisted of 7 sons and 32 daughters.[14] Not only is this a large number of live newborns but unusual in that all but one pair of twins were single births.
35 Mrs. and Mr. Harrison Mrs. Harrison, the wife of an undertaker residing in Vere Street, London, gave birth to her 35th child by one husband in 1736.[15]
33 Mary and John Jonas Mary Jonas (1814–1899) gave birth to 33 children, including 15 sets of boy–girl twins.[16] All were christened, but few achieved adulthood. 10 children were still alive when their father John died in 1892.[17]
32 Moddie and Perccell Oliver Mrs. Moddile M. Oliver, aged 50, wife of a Lumberton, NC, sharecropper, was expecting her 33rd child in 1959. At that time, 22 of her children were alive.[18]
32 Maria Addolorata Casalini Mrs. Casalini (born 1929) of Brindisi, Italy, married at 17 and gave birth to her 32nd child on November 11, 1970. She had two sets of quadruplets, one of triplets, one of twins and nineteen single births. Only 15 children survived.[19]
32 Madalena and Raimundo Carnauba Madalena Carnauba of Ceilândia, Brazil married at 13 and gave birth to 32 children; 24 sons and 8 daughters.[20]
32 Maria Benita Olivera Mrs. Olivera (born 1939) of San Juan, Argentina, gave birth to her 32nd child on 31 January, 1989. All children were believed to be alive at that time.[21] She was married twice, and had a set of triplets (born when she was 13) and two sets of twins.[22]
30 Rebecca Town Mrs. Town (1807–1851) of Keighley, Yorkshire, had 30 children, but only one reached age 3.[8]
29 Anna Theresia Pleyl First wife of Martin Pleyel (see fathers), a schoolmaster from Ruppersthal in Lower Austria in the 18th century.[23] Their 24th child was composer Ignaz Pleyel (b. 1757).[24]
28 Mabel Murphy Mrs. Murphy (born 1898) of Lisnaskea, Co. Fermanagh, N. Ireland was reported to have produced 28 children (12 stillborn) in 32 years of marriage by December 1949, but this claim has not been fully substantiated.[25]
27 Glendora Pope Mrs. Pope, the wife of a Idaho carpenter, gave birth to her 27th child in June 1939, at the age of 45. At that time, 14 children were living. All were single births. [26]
27 Marie-Elise (née Chamberland) and Heliodore Cyr Marie-Elise Chamberland and Heliodore Cyr married in 1928 and had 27 children by 1959, all single-births. 19 of them survived to adulthood.[27] Mr. Cyr, a potato farmer from Saint-François-de-Madawaska, New Brunswick,[28] appeared on the TV show I've Got A Secret three times - after the births of his 25th, 26th and 27th child respectively.[29]
25 Lapa Piagenti and Giacomo di Benincasa Their 23rd child was Saint Catherine of Siena.[30]
25 Ada Watson Mrs. Watson (1886–1974) of Cambridge gave birth to 25 children, including three sets of twins, during the period 1904–1931. All of the children attained majority.[8]
24 Kathleen Scott Mrs. Scott (b. 4 July 1914) of Dublin gave birth to her 24th child on 9 August, 1958. Twenty of her children were still alive in 1990.[21]
24 Marcella S. (née Mills) Big Crow and James M. Big Crow Sr. Marcella Mills-Big Crow (1924–1989) of Pine Ridge, South Dakota had 24 children, including eight pairs of twins. Five children died in infancy.[31]
23 Queen Darejan and King Heraclius II of Georgia They had a total of 23 children, 13 of whom lived to adulthood.[citation needed]
23 Tabatha Marcum and Silas Mainord Married in 1811, they lived in Overton County, Tennessee and produced 23 children. One of their daughters, Syreana, later became the mother of 17.[32]
23 Grace Bagnato Grace Bagnato and her husband had 23 children; 9 of these were conceived in order to compete for a bequest by a Toronto eccentric, in what became known as the Great Stork Derby.[33]
22 Ursula and Franz Adolf Dietrich von Ingelheim The German Count Franz Adolf Dietrich von Ingelheim (1659–1742) of Mainz and his wife Ursula (1668–1730) had 22 children between 1683 and 1712.[34]
22 Marie Massicotte and Philippe Dontigny Born between 1888 and 1915 at Champlain, Québec; 14 of the children died in infancy. There were no multiple births.[35]
22 Mrs. and Mr. Hostetter Roy Hostetter, a 46-year-old Pennsylvania miner, and his wife, aged 42, announced birth of their 22nd child in May 1941.[36]
22 Mrs. Dick Renata Mrs. Dick Renata, a Maori, of Hawkes Bay, New Zealand, gave birth to her 22nd child in November 1948. Fourteen of her children survived, including the 2nd born, who was 21 sat the time and himself a father.[37]
22 Madeleine and Marce Devaud Madeleine Devaud, wife of a village dairyman of La Gorre, western France, gave birth to her 22nd child, a boy, in March 1952, at the age of 42. The Devaud couple, married for 24 years, had 13 girls and seven boys. Two other children died in infancy.[38][39]
22 Mabel Constable Mrs. Constable (born 1920), of Long Itchington, Warwicks, gave birth to 22 children, including a set of triplets and two sets of twins.[40]
22 Margaret McNaught Mrs. McNaught (born 1923), of Balsall Heath, Birmingham, gave birth to 22 children, 12 boys (2 of them died in infancy) and 10 girls, all single births.[8]
22 Sylvester and Mary Hemsing Mary Hemsing (1913-2014) of Rolling Hills, Alberta, Canada, gave birth to 11 boys and 11 girls, as well as one stillborn girl. [41]
22 Alvin and Lucille Miller Mrs. Miller gave birth to her first child at age 17; her last child was born when she was 43. All 22 children lived to adulthood. The family also took in several foster children.[42][43]
22 Unidentified Gypsy woman A 38-year-old Gypsy woman of Lom, Bulgaria, gave birth to her 22nd child in March 1998. She and her husband had no jobs. 17 children lived with them and five were in orphanages.[44]
21 Josephine & Michael Salzo Sr. New Haven Connecticut. The 21 children included the first known surviving set of quadruplets in New Haven CT, triplets, and two sets of twins.[45]
21 Olivia (née Whitmore) and Arthur Guinness Guinness was an Irish brewer. Only ten of their children lived to adulthood.[46]
21 Anna and Henry Crocker 18 of their children lived to adulthood.[47]
21 Edith Hill Mrs. Hill, of Leicester, England, the wife of a postman, gave birth to her 21st child in December 1960, at the age of 46. Her eldest son was 30 by that time and she already had grandchildren. Two of her children died in infancy, the other were nine boys and ten girls.[48]
21 Leonora and Yanosh Nameni Leonora Nameni, of Ostritsa, Hertsa Raion, Chernivtsi Oblast, gave birth to her 21st child in October 2013, at the age of 44, becoming the most prolific mother in Ukraine. Leonora and Yanosh are followers of the Apostolic Christian Church (Nazarene) and do not practice birth control. The Nameni family has 11 sons and 10 daughters, including two sets of twins.[49]
20 Gertrude Louisa Rowe Goodley and George Thomas Jolley Gertrude and George married in 1905 and had 20 children between 1906 and 1932, when Gertrude was aged 46. The family were from the Tolaga Bay area on New Zealand's North Island.[citation needed]
20 Elissa Revilla Started having children in her early 20s. Claims to have always be on birth control and swears to have used condoms before each pregnancy.[citation needed]
20 Marie Verrault and Pierre Edouard Cauchon Born between 1853 and 1882 at Château-Richer, Québec, Canada, sixteen of the children died in infancy, and one as a young adult. There were no multiple births.[35]
20 Rose Alma and Roland Letendre The youngest died as a result of birth injury. All the children were born in Drummondville, Quebec. The combined age of the mother (94) and 19 children (72–50) added up to 1256 years as of August 25, 2012.[50]
20 Elise Steinmann and Leonhard Hauser The couple had 20 children, 7 of whom died as infants. Elise Steinmann (1848-1928) and Leonhard Hauser (1842-1915) were both born in Switzerland, they immigrated to the US in 1882, and settled in Greenwood (now: Greenfield) near Rockford, MN. 13 of their children were born in Switzerland, 7 in the USA [51]
20 The mother of Maria Goncales Moreira Not much is known about this case except the fact that she had ten sets of twins. Her daughter also had ten sets of twins (see below).[52]
20 Maria Goncales Moreira Mrs. Moreira of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, gave birth to her tenth set of twins (identical boys) on July 3, 1984. Her other twins were 16 girls and 2 boys. She delivered the first at age 13. Her mother also had ten sets of twins.[52]
20 Jessie Campbell Mrs. Campbell (born 1946) of Struan, Isle of Skye, Scotland, gave birth to her 20th child on 22 January 1990.[53]
20 Julianna and Ernő Lukács Julianna Lukács and her husband, a Hungarian farmer, have six sons and fourteen daughters. They live in Tolna, Hungary, in a mansion farming on 3,336 acres (1,350 ha). The first child was born in 1966 and the last in 1991.[54]
20 Elena and Alexander Shishkin Elena Shishkina (born 1958) of Voronezh Oblast, Russia, gave birth to her 20th child in April 2003, becoming the most prolific mother in Russia; her eldest son was 24 at that time. The Shishkins have 9 sons and 11 daughters, and had 20 grandchildren by November 2012.[55]
19 Kelly and Gil Bates Friends of the Duggars (below), the family is the subject of Bringing Up Bates. They currently have one grandchild from their oldest, their daughter Erin is expecting a baby boy, Carson, due in June 2015 and their other daughter Alyssa is also expecting a girl, Allie Jane, due in April 2015..[56]
19 Pauline Katherine (Hass) Bullough Pauline married John Bullough in 1910 in South Hadley, Massachusetts. The children were born from 1911 to 1937 in single pregnancies. All were born in South Hadley and lived in a farm house in that town. [57]
19 Beatrice and Leonard Collins This Peterborough, Ontario mother gave birth to 19 children, including three sets of twins. At the time of her death in 2010, at age 93, she was survived by 16 children, 50 grandchildren and 54 great-grandchildren.[58][59]
19 Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar The Duggar family is the subject of the television series 19 Kids and Counting. Michelle also had two miscarriages.[60] The eldest son, Joshua Duggar, has given Jim Bob and Michelle three grandchildren so far and is expecting his fourth child, a girl. Due in June 2015. Their daughter Jill is also expecting a son due in March 2015.[61]
19 Grace Stahr and Leo Durnan Mrs. Grace Stahr Durnan lived from 1919–2011 and was the mother of 19 children, all born during her marriage to Leo Durnan. They farmed in northeast Iowa and had 11 sons and 8 daughters who all lived into adulthood. One daughter was a dwarf and there were no multiple births. [62]
19 Ricardo Silva Silva and Mercedes Henríquez Encina Chilean cardinal Raúl Silva Henríquez was the 16th son of the Silva Henríquez family.[63]
19 Rozanne and John Karr Rozanne Karr of Wapella, Illinois gave birth to 10 sons and 9 daughters from 1942 to 1966. She had one set of identical twin boys. All survived. As of 2014, she had 46 grandchildren and 47 great grandchildren.[64]
19 Amelia Montpetit and Charles-Napoleon Potvin Starting in 1911, this mother in Western Canada produced 19 children, of which 16 survived to adulthood. The last two children, born in 1933, were fraternal twins.[65]
19 Marie Hébert and Jean-Baptiste Brodeur dit Lavigne Born between 1713 and 1739 at Varennes, Québec, eleven of the children died in infancy. There were no multiple births.[35]
19 Margarita and Evgeniy Nikolaev In 1993 they were the most prolific family in Russia. They had 19 children and lived in Velikiye Luki. Margarita Nikolaeva was a tailor and her husband Evgeniy was a carpenter.[66]
19 Susannah (née Annesley) and Samuel Wesley Ten of their children, three sons and seven daughters, lived to adulthood.[67]
19 Sima Zalmanov Sima Zalmanov, of Safed, Israel, gave birth to her 19th child in September 2008, at the age of 47. Sima was the principal of the city’s Chabad high school for girls. Sima and her husband were married for 27 years by that time and had produced nine boys and ten girls; their eldest son was 26. Six of the couple’s children were married, and they were waiting for the birth of their eighth grandchild due the next month.[68]
19 Cathrina and Gerrit Zonneveld A devout catholic couple from Heemskerk, Netherlands who had 19 children. The oldest child was born in 1914 and the youngest in 1937.
18 Eva (née Sharpe) and William Lackey Eva and William Lackey of Hiddenite, North Carolina, USA, gave birth to 18 children. Both were from similarly large families.[69]
18 Mrs. and Mr. Feodor Vassilyev (2nd wife) Vassilyev 's second wife, whose name is unknown, gave birth to a total of 18 children. She gave birth to six pairs of twins and two sets of triplets. Most of her children were alive by 1782.[70]
18 Barbara (née Schultz) and John Oesch Barbara Schultz Oesch (1803–1881) married John Oesch at the age of 17 and had given birth to eighteen children by February 1849. Fifteen of them survived to adulthood.[71]
18 Mable (née Richardson) and Thomas Norman Mable Richardson and Thomas Norman married in the mid 1920s when she was 16 and he was 21. According to the 1930 Bibb County, Georgia census, Thomas worked as a self-employed contractor and brick mason and Mable was a homemaker. She gave birth to 18 children (twelve boys and six girls) in eighteen confinements during the first half of more than 50-year marriage. All except one survived to adulthood. The African-American couple resided in Macon, Georgia in a two-story home built by Thomas. Thomas died in 1977 and Mable in 1984.[citation needed]
18 Shirley (née Schlegel) and James Neel Shirley Neel (1951–2009) of Wamego, Kansas married James Neel in 1969 and had 18 children, 8 boys and 10 girls, one of whom died in infancy.[72][unreliable source?]
18 Fatma and Mehmet Saygi Fatma Saygi of Adana, Turkey, gave birth to her sixth set of triplets in 2004, at the age of 28. Eight children from previous pregnancies were alive at that time.[73]
18 Claudia Maria da Silva Claudia Maria da Silva, an unemployed woman from São Paulo, southeast Brazil, gave birth to her 18th child in 2007, aged 40. The father of the newborn girl was only 15 years old, a friend of one of Maria's sons. Da Silva said she had been aware of contraception methods but chose never to use them, and gave birth to her first child at age 11. Since then she has been pregnant 27 times and has had nine abortions. Of her 18 children, only three were living with her.[74]
18 Livia and Alexandru Ionce Livia Ionce gave birth to her 18th child, a girl, in British Columbia in 2008, at the age of 44 when their other 17 children, nine girls and eight boys, were from 20 months to 23 years old. The Ionces immigrated to Canada from Romania in 1990. Alexandru Ionce said he did not know if they would have more children.[75]
18 Unidentified couple from Rehovot An Israeli woman in her mid-40s gave birth to her 18th child in June 2009, when her eldest child was 21. The woman and her husband are Ultra-Orthodox Jews and have twelve boys and six girls.[76]
18 Nadezhda and Ioann Osyak Nadezhda Osyak of Rostov Oblast, Russia, gave birth to her 18th child, a girl, in July 2009; her eldest son was 20 at that time. The Osyak family has ten sons and eight daughters, and had five grandchildren by August 2009.[77]
18 Kathryn and Kenneth O'Kane Kathryn and Kenneth O'Kane of Gays Mills, Wisconsin, USA, gave birth to 18 children, nine girls and nine boys; both her eldest and youngest was sons. The O'Kane family had only 1 set of twins who died at birth, a boy and girl, and at the time of Kenneth's death had over 43 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.[78]
17 Edith Thurgood Edith and her husband had 17 children, all single births. They were all born and raised in the London Borough of Enfield.[citation needed]
17 Valeria Frederick Valeria of Madison Lake, Minnesota had 17 children with her husband Cletus Sr. There was one set of twins. All 17 lived into adulthood.[citation needed]
17 Juliana of Stolberg Juliana had five children with her first husband Philip II, Count of Hanau-Münzenberg and twelve with her second husband William I, Count of Nassau-Dillenburg.[citation needed]
17 Elizabeth and Franz Stefanigo They lived in present-day Vojvodina, Serbia. Elizabeth (1837–1922) and Franz Stefanigo (1836–1917) had 17 children (1855–1881) none of them were twins.[citation needed]
17 Maria and Ivan Mendeleev Famous Russian chemist and inventor Dmitri Mendeleev was the seventeenth child of his parents. Eight of his siblings died in infancy and one sister died from tuberculosis aged 14.[79]
17 Syreana Mainord and Allen Brock Hull They lived in Overton County, Tennessee and produced 17 children. One of their sons, William Pascal Hull, was the father of politician Cordell Hull.[32]
17 Mary Ann (née Strout) and Isaac Goss They married in 1855 in Willunga, South Australia. She gave birth to her 17th child in 1878. Four of her children died in infancy.[80]
17 Ruth and Chalmers Montgomery Mrs. Montgomery gave birth to her 17th child in 1950. 14 of her children were alive at that time.[81]
17 Euna and Glen Boyd Mrs.Boyd had seventeen children; one passed away in infancy. She had mostly unassisted home births in the rural Appalachian mountains. She lived to be 94 years old with only two of her children preceding her in death. She lived in Grundy, Virginia her entire life.[82]
17 Unidentified Iranian couple A 50-year-old Iranian woman gave birth to her 17th child in January 1995, just as her oldest son turned 18.[83]
17 Zynaida and Vladimir Chernenko A family from Rancho Cordova, California, celebrated the birth of their 17th child in 2005. Eleven children were born in Ukraine, before the family moved to the U.S.[84]
17 Unidentified couple from Melbourne A woman from Melbourne who already had 12 children, gave birth to naturally-conceived quintuplets in 2010, at the age of 48. One died soon after birth.[85]
17 Maria and Vasiliy Chinnickaylo Maria Chinnickaylo of Daugavpils, Latvia, gave birth to her 17th child in February 2012. The Chinnickaylo family lives in the house built by Vasiliy and their eldest sons.[86]
17 Christi Cason Christi Cason of Fort Wayne, Indiana, gave birth to her 17th child in October 2013, at the age of 42. This was her 15th child together with husband David Cason, a 46-year-old network engineer, whom she married in 1991. The Cason family has ten boys and seven girls with #18 due 11-14-15.[87] The Casons were featured on the TLC miniseries Kids by the Dozen.
17 Sue and Noel Radford Sixteen children, the last being born in November 2012, with the oldest 23 years old at that time. They suffered from a stillborn son in July 2014, named Alfie. They are currently expecting a daughter due in June 2015.The Radfords are amongst the largest families in modern Britain and support themselves by their family-run bakery. They live in a ten-bedroom converted nursing home.[88]
16 Cassie and Mark Bachman Cassie Bachman of Indiana, gave birth to her 16th child in 2014 at the age of 44. All sixteen children have been born to her and her husband Mark, whom she married in 1989.[89] The Bachman family has ten boys and six girls. Cassie has had no multiple births and no miscarriages.
16 Wendy Jeub Wendy Jeub of Monument, Colorado, gave birth to her 16th child in 2011 at the age of 44. It was her 14th child together with husband Chris Jeub, whom she married in 1991.[90] The Jeub family has nine girls and seven boys. The Jeub family was featured on the TLC miniseries Kids by the Dozen.
16 Queen Keran and King Leo II of Armenia They had a total of sixteen children.
16 Maria of Spain and Maximilian II, Holy Roman Emperor Only one grandchild reached adulthood Philip III of Spain.[citation needed]
16 Maria Theresa and Francis I, Holy Roman Emperor 13 survived infancy.[citation needed]
16 Brigitte Dillen A family from, Merksem, Antwerp, gained media attention when their 16th child was born in 2008. All 16 children have a name that ends with 'y'.[citation needed]
16 Florence (née) Bourgeois and John Dooley 16 children, 14 survived infancy. Married in Chicago in 1910, they had nine boys and five girls born between 1912 and 1937. Florence Dooley was profiled in a 1985 Lisle Sun newspaper article for her 90th birthday. She died in 1995 at age 101, and John Dooley died in 1976 at age 91.[91][92]
16 Elizabeth Ann (née Strout) and Joseph Warner 16 children, 13 survived infancy. Married in Willunga, South Australia in 1858. Sister of Mary Ann Strout who married Isaac Goss and had 17 children – see above entry.[80]
16 Mary and John Wagner From Defiance, Ohio, married in 1914; all their children lived well into adulthood and produced 71 grandchildren.[93]
16 Vera and Vyacheslav Lapenko Vera Lapenko of Zelenograd, Russia, gave birth to her 16th child in August 2000, her eldest daughter was 24 at that time. Lapenko has 12 sons and 4 daughters.[94]
16 Angel Adams Twelve of her children lived with her in a motel room. The children were placed into foster care in 2012.[95]
16 Salli Hilda Kortesalmi (b. Niemelä) and Juho Heikki Kortesalmi of Ranua, Finland Between 1918 and 1942, this couple from Northern Finland had sixteen children. One died as an infant, two in their early teens. The rest survived into adulthood. They are part of the Laestadian revival movement.[citation needed]
16 Mary Patricia O'Hanlon (née Atkinson) The youngest child was born in 1976 in Leyland, England. Mary is the wife of Bernard O'Hanlon (d. 2001) All were single births and all survived. She had 9 boys and 7 girls. She has over 30 grandchildren and 20 great grand children.[citation needed]
15 Joan Hartland and Charles Hartland 14 survived infancy. The youngest child was born in 1996 in Houston Texas.[citation needed]
15 Anna of Bohemia and Hungary and Ferdinand I, Holy Roman Emperor 13 survived infancy. Their children included Maximilian II, Holy Roman Emperor and Charles II, Archduke of Austria. They had 66 grandchildren.[citation needed]
15 Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz and George III of the United Kingdom 13 survived infancy. Their children include Kings George IV of the United Kingdom, William IV of the United Kingdom, and Ernest Augustus I of Hanover.
15 Maria Anna of Bavaria (1551–1608) and Charles II, Archduke of Austria Their grandson Leopold I, Holy Roman Emperor had 16 children, but with 3 different wives.[citation needed]
15 Florence and Cornelius (Neil) Sweeney Florence and Neil married in the summer of 1947 when Florence was 24. The next year they had their first child. They had 14 more with last born when Florence was 41. All 15 children survived to adulthood. All lived in Michigan until Neil's death in 1996 and Florence's death in 1999.[96]
15 莊(tjong?) Ki Y and Chen Y Jiao (2nd wife) The oldest child was born April 1951. The 莊 are amongst the largest families in Indonesia and support themselves by their family-run shop. No birth records can be produced to non-family members in Indonesia.[citation needed]
15 Sarada Devi and Debendranath Tagore 15 children were born to noted Bengali philosopher and social reformer Debendranath Tagore and his wife Sarada Devi of the Jorasanko Tagore family between 1840 and 1861, of whom 13 survived to adulthood. The youngest was Bengali renaissance polymath Rabindranath Tagore.[97]
14 Nadya Suleman Her children include the Suleman octuplets, the first octuplets to survive.[citation needed]
14 Mumtaz Mahal The youngest child was born in 1631. Mumtaz was the third wife of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan who built the Taj Mahal in her memory.[citation needed]
14 Florence (née Fabré) Charlton The youngest child was born in 1965 in San Bernardino, California. Florence was the wife of Charles Charlton (d. 2005). Her first great-great grandchild was born in 2014.[citation needed]
14 Brenda (née Cornett) Jurevis The youngest child was born in December 2002 in Chicago, Illinois. She is the wife of Dan Jurevis (m. 1975). She had a total of 17 pregnancies, including one stillborn and two miscarriages. She had eight boys and six girls. She has eight grandchildren, five girls and three boys.[citation needed]
14 Elzire Dionne (née Legros) and Oliva Dionne The elder child, Ernest, was born in 1926. They are also the parents of the Dionne quintuplets
13 Chris and Caroline Turner Their most recent child Corona was born in 2014 in Ontario, Canada


This section lists men who have parented the most children, usually with many different women. Men who have parented large numbers of children through medical sperm donation are difficult to record. Numbers in italics are inexact.

No. of Children Father Notes
867 Ismail Ibn Sharif Alaouite sultan of Morocco, said to have fathered with multiple wives and concubines.[98]
300–600 Bertold Wiesner Fertility doctor, used his own sperm to impregnate customers between 1943 and 1962.[99] He is the father of Eva Ibbotson.
210 King Sobhuza II King of Swaziland, lived 1899–1982; thought to have had 70 wives.[citation needed]
177 Sultan Ibrahim Njoya King of Bamum in Cameroon, lived 1860–1933, and thought to have had ‘around 600’ wives; he was said to have had 149 children by December 1915.[100]
162+ Ramesses II Egyptian pharaoh; see also: List of children of Ramesses II.[citation needed]
160+ Ancentus Akuku This Kenyan polygamist, full name Ancentus Ogwella Akuku, known as ‘Danger’, lived 1916–2010; he married ‘more than 100 times’ and had fathered ‘at least 160 children’ when he married his final wife in 2000.[101] An unsubstantiated article from the East African Standard claimed 210 children: 104 daughters and 106 sons, by some 130 wives.[102]
158 Jack Kigongo Lived in Kateera, Uganda, 1909–2012; he had 20 wives, and when he died aged 103, around 500 grandchildren.[103]
150 Anonymous sperm donor One of the US sperm donors was found to have produced at least 150 children.[104] Inspiration for the 2011 Canadian film Starbuck and its 2013 American remake Delivery Man.
142 Emperor Minh Mạng Reported to have had 142 children.[citation needed]
121 Winston Blackmore Leader of the Mormon fundamentalist sect called the Blackmore/Bountiful Community,[105] fathered children through as many as 25 wives.[106]
106–115 Saud of Saudi Arabia King Saud, son of Ibn Saud of Saudi Arabia, lived 1902–1969; according to one source he had 52 sons and about 54 daughters from ‘a wider range of women’ than his father (who only had 22 wives);[107] however, another source credited him with 115.[108]
114 Ed Houben Europe's most prolific sperm donor. Advocates the use of natural methods. [109]
108+ Fath-Ali Shah Qajar The second Shah of the Qajar dynasty of Iran, Fath-Ali (1772–1834), had 48 daughters and 60 sons ‘who survived infancy’, as a result of the 160+ marriages by which he had consolidated his control over the country. Many of his descendants went on to become prominent figures.[110]
<100 Augustus John The Welsh painter is widely reported to have fathered ‘up to 100 children’, mostly outside marriage, although some believe that this figure is greatly exaggerated.[111]
94 Ziona Chana Leader of a polygamist sect in the Mizoram state of India, has 94 children with 39 wives, as well as 33 grandchildren.[112]
93 Muhammad Daad Murad Mohammed Daad Murad Al Balushi, also known as Abu Faisal or 'Bid Daad', originally from Baluchistan but now naturalized in the Ajman, U.A.E., by April 2013 was 67 and was expexting his 94th child.[113] Over all he had 22 wives of whom 17 are still alive, 56 sons and 37 daughters, the eldest being a 38-year-old son and the youngest a three-month-old daughter.[114]
49–89 Goel Ratzon Jewish cult leader and Messiah claimant, born in 1951; in 2010 he reportedly had ‘21 wives’, with whom he had fathered 49 children (CNN data), or ‘more than 30 wives’ and 89 children (Time magazine data). The statistics came to light when he was charged with enslavement and rape.[115][116]
87 Feodor Vassilyev Feodor Vassilyev, a peasant from Shuya, Russia, had 69 children with his first wife and 18 with second. At least 82 of his kids survived infancy.[70]
82 Mongkut (Rama IV) King Mongkut, Thailand’s fourth monarch; he had 32 wives and concubines during his lifetime who produced at least 82 children,[117] one of whom was Chulalongkorn.
77 Chulalongkorn (Rama V) King Chulalongkorn, Thailand’s fifth monarch; he had 92 consorts during his lifetime who produced 77 children,[117] of which 33 were sons and 44 were daughters.
75 Ibn Saud of Saudi Arabia King Abdulaziz, the first monarch of Saudi Arabia, lived 1876–1953; he had 45 recorded sons and about 30 daughters from 22 wives and concubines; by 2001 he had 2,500–3,500 direct descendants.[107]
75 Screamin' Jay Hawkins Rock and roll singer. 57 confirmed children, possibly as many as 75.[118]
75 Cecil Byran Jacobson Fertility doctor suspected of fathering as many as 75 children by impregnating patients with his own sperm.[citation needed]
74 Ben Seisler Ben Seisler, who spent three years donating sperm to a Virginia sperm bank to offset law-school expenses, recently learned that his donations have produced 74 children.[119]
73 Buddha Loetla Nabhalai (Rama II) King Buddha Loetla Nabhalai, Thailand’s second monarch; he had 73 children from 40 women.[117]
72 Mehtar Aman-ul-Mulk Aman-ul-Mulk, Ruler of Chitral now part of Pakistan (1821-1892) is known as the Lot Mitar or Great Mehtar. He had 72 children as Reported in Tribes of the Hindu Kush by Biddulph
65 Heber C. Kimball First Counselor of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, fathered children through 17 of his 43 wives.[citation needed]
65 Rulon Jeffs President of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, fathered children through as many as 75 wives.[120]
60 Warren Jeffs President of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, fathered children through as many as 70 wives.[120]
57 Brigham Young President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, fathered children through 16 of his 55 wives.[citation needed]
55 Kangxi Emperor Chinese emperor, lived 1654–1722; he fathered 35 sons and 20 daughters from numerous wives and concubines.[citation needed]
54+ Mohammed bin Awad bin Laden Yemeni emigrant to Saudi Arabia, married 22 times and fathered at least 54 children.[121] Osama bin Laden is believed to have been his 17th son.
51 Nangklao (Rama III) King Nangklao, Thailand’s third monarch; he had 51 children from 37 women.[117]
50 Jean-Bédel Bokassa Dictator of the Central African Republic, lived 1921–1996; had 17 wives.[citation needed]
58 Gennadij Raivich The neuroscientist Professor Gennadij Raivich, born in 1963, is believed to have fathered 58 children by sperm donation, advertised through unlicensed websites.[122]
46 Joe Jessop By February 2010 was 88 and lived in Short Creek, Utah, a 6,000-strong community of members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, fathered 46 children with five wives and had 239 grandchildren.[123]
45 Orson Pratt Orson Pratt (Sr.), polymath, and an apostle of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, lived 1811–1881; he fathered 45 children through his ten wives.[citation needed]
30–45 Idi Amin Dictator of Uganda, lived 1925–2003; he had 17 wives.[citation needed]
44 Jesse N. Smith Jesse Nathaniel Smith, a Mormon pioneer, church leader, colonizer, politician, frontiersman, member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, fathered 44 children through his five wives.[124]
43 Anonymous sperm donor Danish sperm donor, who fathered 43 children at 14 different IVF clinics in 10 different countries, passed on a genetic disorder to at least five children born from IVF procedures. The man was allowed to continue donating sperm, despite Danish national rules restrict donations to 25 times.[125]
43 Philip IV of Spain He fathered 13 legitimate children through his two wives and is said to have at least 30 illegitimate children with different women of all conditions.[126]
42 Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke (Rama I) King Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke, Thailand’s first monarch; he had 42 children from 28 women.[117]
42 Lorenzo Snow President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, fathered children through his 9 wives.[citation needed]
41 Friedrich von Kahlbutz A minor Prussian nobleman, lived 1651–1702; he fathered 11 children by his wife, and 30 by peasant women in his domain.[127] His mummy is preserved in a church in Neustadt in Brandenburg.
40+ Joseph Kony Ugandan warlord, born in 1961; reported to have 88 ‘wives’.[citation needed]
39+ Sima Yan Sima Yan, founder of China's Jin dynasty had 26 sons and at least 13 daughters. Details are here.
38 Martin Pleyel Martin Pleyel was a schoolmaster from Ruppersthal in Lower Austria in the 18th century. He had 29 children with his first wife, Anna Theresia Pleyel. Their 24th child was composer Ignaz Pleyel (b. 1757).[24] He had another 9 children with his second wife, Maria Anna Pleyel.[128]
38 Ramon Revilla Filipino actor and former senator, fathered children through 16 different women.[129] Claims to have fathered up to 72 children.
35+ King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia The former King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, born in 1924; he fathered at least 35 children, by thirteen wives.[130]
34 John Taylor President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, fathered children through his seven wives.[citation needed]
33 Wilford Woodruff President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, fathered children through his five (possibly 6) wives.[citation needed]
33+ Dillion "Dillon" Asher Keeper of 1st toll-gate in Kentucky, near Pineville. Fathered at least 33 children with four women between 1804 and 1845.[citation needed]
32 Yuan Shikai An important Chinese general and politician, fathered 32 children (17 sons and 15 daughters) through his wife and nine concubines.[131]
32 Albert Emund Barlow A follower of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints living in Utah, he was arrested at 52 for polygamy in 1955.[132] He was said to have fathered 32 children by his three wives.
31+ Cao Cao Cao Cao had 25 sons (including Cao Pi, founder of China's Wei dynasty) and at least 6 daughters. Details are here.
31 Benjamin Clark A cousin of the explorer William Clark fathered 31 children by his two wives; seven of them died in infancy.[133]
30+ Joe Donor Located in the USA, east coast area, Joe Donor is the admin of the free sperm donor group "Joesdonorgroup" on Facebook (, Joe Donor is a free sperm donor with 30+ offspring from free sperm donations who was featured on ABC 20/20 (; Joe is also the author of numerous books on donation, search "Joe Donor" on Amazon ([134]
30+ Jonas Savimbi Angolan politician and guerrilla leader, lived 1934–2002, had fathered 29–31 children by 1999; number of wives not recorded.[135]
30+ Omar Bongo President of Gabon, lived 1935–2009; number of wives not recorded.[citation needed]
30 Taksin, King of Thonburi Taksin, the King of the Thonburi Kingdom, had 21 sons and 9 daughters.[136]
30 Miles Park Romney Mormon and great-grandfather of Mitt Romney, fathered 30 children with five wives;[137] he married the last in 1890, just before the 1890 Manifesto.
30 Tom Green Mormon fundamentalist, fathered children through ten women.[138]
30 Fally Diallo Senegalese Imam El Hadji Fally Diallo has, up to 2014, fathered 30 children with three wives; he campaigns against family planning in Senegal, claiming that it is his God-given duty to multiply.[139]
27 Nathaniel J. Smith Nathaniel J. Smith of Dayton, Ohio in the United Sates has fathered 12 boys and 15 girls with 17 partners as of 2013.[140]
26 Henry I of England 3 legitimate children by his first wife, 23 acknowledged illegitimate children.[citation needed]
26 Peter Rolfe Peter Rolfe of the Isle of Wight has fathered 14 boys and 12 girls with 15 partners as of 2014.[141]
26 Michael Redman Michael Redman of England has fathered 13 boys and 13 girls as of 2014.[142]
26 Kouayou Kouayou Kouayou Kouayou of the Ivory Coast has fathered 26 children with 4 wives as of 2014.[143]
25 John James Clark Clark fathered 25 children by two wives, possibly 27.[citation needed]
25 Dr. Samuel Annesley Susanna Wesley was the 25th of his children.[citation needed]
25 Toby Liston Liston fathered 25 children by two wives; the 23rd child became world heavyweight boxing champion, Charles ‘Sonny’ Liston.[citation needed]
25 Brady Williams Fathered 25 children, with five wives all made by polygamy, 15 daughters and 10 sons.
24 Robert I, Duke of Parma Fathered 24 children with his two wives, 12 from each marriage.[citation needed]
24 Desmond Hatchett Fathered 24 children, according to Knox County, Tennessee Juvenile Court records. A Los Angeles Times article and Memphis television station WREG erroneously reported that he fathered 30 children.[144]
24 Osama bin Laden The infamous terrorist fathered 24 children by five wives. See Bin Laden family.[145]
23 Edward Hess Had 4 children with his first wife, Elizabeth Ann Shank, 16 with his second wife, Mary Ann Lewis, and 3 with his third wife, Catherine Rankin.
23 King Mswati III King of Swaziland, born 1968; he has 14 wives (as of 2012).[citation needed]
23 Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Ruler of Dubai, born in 1949; he has 23 officially acknowledged children, nine sons and fourteen daughters from a total of 6 wives.[citation needed]
22+ Jacob Zuma President of South Africa, born in 1942; he has fathered at least 22 children to date, with five wives and some others out of wedlock; some sources claim 24 children.[citation needed]
22 Joseph Smith Jessop Co-founder of Hildale, Utah; fathered 22 children, 14 by his first wife and 8 by his second wife.[citation needed]
22 Ed Rudolph Fathered 22 children, one of them being 3-time gold winning Olympic athlete Wilma Rudolph.[146]
22 Richard Lovell Edgeworth An Anglo-Irish politician, who fathered 22 children with four wives.[citation needed]
22 James II of England The children were born between 1660 and 1692. Of these, 15 were legitimate: eight by his first wife, Anne Hyde, and seven by his second wife, Mary of Modena.[citation needed]
22 Ralph Neville, 1st Earl of Westmorland English nobleman and grandfather of kings Edward IV and Richard III. He had 14 of his children with his second wife Joan Beaufort, granddaughter of King Edward III.[citation needed]
22 Nanu Ram Jogi Indian farmer, fathered 22 children with 4 wives. He was said to be the world’s oldest father when he fathered his 21st child at the age of 90,[147] and in 2012 he claimed to have fathered another child at the age of 96,[148] apparently equalling another Indian, Ramjit Raghav, as the oldest father.
21 John VI of Nassau-Dillenburg John VI, Count of Nassau in Dillenburg, lived 1536–1606; he fathered 21 children (9 sons and 12 daughters) with three wives. (There were also three stillborn sons.)[citation needed]
21 Carlos Gracie Martial arts practitioner, lived 1902–1994; number of wives not recorded.[citation needed]
20 Charlemagne Emperor of the Franks, lived 742–814; fathered 20 children with three wives and five concubines, between 757 and 807.[citation needed]
20 Johann Sebastian Bach German composer, lived 1685–1750; fathered children with two wives.[citation needed]
20 Henry Mosley born 1904 in Macon, Mississippi.He had about 20 children with three wives and some concubines and about four children didn't live to see adulthood[citation needed]
19 Jorge Hank Rhon born 1956, is a Mexican politician, businessman and owner of Mexico's largest sports betting company, Grupo Caliente. Hank is the father of 19 children with several different women; he is also the stepfather of Matador Alejandro Amaya.
17 Wun Hoke Kwa Taiwanese import/export merchant who lived in Burma and later immigrated to the United States of America, lived 1909-1999; He fathered 17 children with two wives, who were sisters. All living children now reside in New York City and Toronto.[citation needed]
16 Shah Jahan The fifth Mughal emperor of India, He fathered 14 children from his wife Mumtaz Mahal and two others from his other two wives.[citation needed]
16 Mitsutoki Shigeta In 2014, 24 year-old son of wealthy Japanese businessman fathered 16 children via multiple surrogate women in Thailand and Cambodia.[149]

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