List of people with the most children
This article lists people who are known to have parented the most children.
This section lists women who have borned 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. (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.|
|62||Mrs. and Mr. Gravata||A Tuscan woman named Gravata birthed a total of 62 live children.|
|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.
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. She claimed to have another 9 children, but none of them were registered.[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.|
|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.
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.|
|42||Elizabeth and John Mott||Elizabeth Mott of Monks Kirby, Warwickshire, married in 1676 and produced 42 live-born children. She died in 1720.|
|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.|
|39||Elizabeth and William Greenhill||Thomas Greenhill was the last child of 39 by his mother Elizabeth (1615–1681) and William Greenhill. The family consisted of 7 sons and 32 daughters. 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.|
|33||Mary and John Jonas||Mary Jonas (1814–1899) gave birth to 33 children, including 15 sets of boy–girl twins. All were christened, but few achieved adulthood. 10 children were still alive when their father John died in 1892.|
|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.|
|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.|
|32||Madalena and Raimundo Carnauba||Madalena Carnauba of Ceilândia, Brazil married at 13 and gave birth to 32 children; 24 sons and 8 daughters.|
|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. She was married twice, and had a set of triplets (born when she was 13) and two sets of twins.|
|30||Rebecca Town||Mrs. Town (1807–1851) of Keighley, Yorkshire, had 30 children, but only one reached age 3.|
|29||Anna Theresia Pleyl||First wife of Martin Pleyel (see fathers), a schoolmaster from Ruppersthal in Lower Austria in the 18th century. Their 24th child was composer Ignaz Pleyel (b. 1757).|
|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.|
|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.|
|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. Mr. Cyr, a potato farmer from Saint-François-de-Madawaska, New Brunswick, appeared on the TV show I've Got A Secret three times - after the births of his 25th, 26th and 27th child respectively.|
|25||Lapa Piagenti and Giacomo di Benincasa||Their 23rd child was Saint Catherine of Siena.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|23||Queen Darejan and King Heraclius II of Georgia||They had a total of 23 children, 13 of whom lived to adulthood.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|21||Olivia (née Whitmore) and Arthur Guinness||Guinness was an Irish brewer. Only ten of their children lived to adulthood.|
|21||Anna and Henry Crocker||18 of their children lived to adulthood.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.. Issue 227 of the Gisborne Photo News carried a report in 1973 about a reunion of 140 of their descendants and noted that they had 215 direct descendants at that time.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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 |
|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).|
|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.|
|20||Jessie Campbell||Mrs. Campbell (born 1946) of Struan, Isle of Skye, Scotland, gave birth to her 20th child on 22 January 1990.|
|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.|
|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.|
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.|
|300–600||Bertold Wiesner||Fertility doctor, used his own sperm to impregnate customers between 1943 and 1962. He is the father of Eva Ibbotson.|
|128||[Misheck Doctor Nyandoro]||Zimbabwean man living in chipinge currently has 15 wives and 128 children|
|210||King Sobhuza II||King of Swaziland, lived 1899–1982; thought to have had 70 wives.|
|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.|
|162+||Ramesses II||Egyptian pharaoh; see also: List of children of Ramesses II.|
|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. An unsubstantiated article from the East African Standard claimed 210 children: 104 daughters and 106 sons, by some 130 wives.|
|158||Jack Kigongo||Lived in Kateera, Uganda, 1909–2012; he had 20 wives, and when he died aged 103, around 500 grandchildren.|
|150||Anonymous sperm donor||One of the US sperm donors was found to have produced at least 150 children. Inspiration for the 2011 Canadian film Starbuck and its 2013 American remake Delivery Man.|
|142||Emperor Minh Mạng||Reported to have had 142 children.|
|121||Winston Blackmore||Leader of the Mormon fundamentalist sect called the Blackmore/Bountiful Community, fathered children through as many as 25 wives.|
|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); however, another source credited him with 115.|
|114||Ed Houben||Europe's most prolific sperm donor. Advocates the use of natural methods.|
|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.|
|<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.|
|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.|
|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. 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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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, 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, 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.|
|75||Screamin' Jay Hawkins||Rock and roll singer. 57 confirmed children, possibly as many as 75.|
|75||Cecil Byran Jacobson||Fertility doctor suspected of fathering as many as 75 children by impregnating patients with his own sperm.|
|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.|
|73||Buddha Loetla Nabhalai (Rama II)||King Buddha Loetla Nabhalai, Thailand’s second monarch; he had 73 children from 40 women.|
|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.|
|65||Rulon Jeffs||President of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, fathered children through as many as 75 wives.|
|60||Warren Jeffs||President of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, fathered children through as many as 70 wives.|
|57||Brigham Young||President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, fathered children through 16 of his 55 wives.|
|55||Kangxi Emperor||Chinese emperor, lived 1654–1722; he fathered 35 sons and 20 daughters from numerous wives and concubines.|
|54+||Mohammed bin Awad bin Laden||Yemeni emigrant to Saudi Arabia, married 22 times and fathered at least 54 children. 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.|
|50||Jean-Bédel Bokassa||Dictator of the Central African Republic, lived 1921–1996; had 17 wives.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|30–45||Idi Amin||Dictator of Uganda, lived 1925–2003; he had 17 wives.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|42||Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke (Rama I)||King Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke, Thailand’s first monarch; he had 42 children from 28 women.|
|42||Lorenzo Snow||President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, fathered children through his 9 wives.|
|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. His mummy is preserved in a church in Neustadt in Brandenburg.|
|41||Aston "Family Man" Barrett||Aston Francis Barrett (born 22 November 1946), often called "Family Man" or "Fams" for short, is a Jamaican musician and Rastafarian. Barrett’s "Family Man" nickname came about before he had any children of his own. Aston foresaw his roll as a band leader and started to call himself ”Family Man”. He has fathered 41 children since]|
|40+||Joseph Kony||Ugandan warlord, born in 1961; reported to have 88 ‘wives’.|
|40||Mike Holpin||Mike Holpin, from Ebbw Vale in Monmouthshire, has at least 40 children].|
|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). He had another 9 children with his second wife, Maria Anna Pleyel.|
|38||Ramon Revilla||Filipino actor and former senator, fathered children through 16 different women. 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.|
|34||John Taylor||President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, fathered children through his seven wives.|
|33||Wilford Woodruff||President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, fathered children through his five (possibly 6) wives.|
|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.|
|32||Yuan Shikai||An important Chinese general and politician, fathered 32 children (17 sons and 15 daughters) through his wife and nine concubines.|
|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. 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.|
|30+||Joe Donor||Located in the USA, east coast area, Joe Donor is the admin of the free sperm donor group "Joesdonorgroup" on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/groups/joesdonorgroup/), Joe Donor is a free sperm donor with 30+ offspring from free sperm donations who was featured on ABC 20/20 (http://abcnews.go.com/Lifestyle/meet-men-sex-strangers-babies/story?id=26870643); Joe is also the author of numerous books on donation.|
|30+||Jonas Savimbi||Angolan politician and guerrilla leader, lived 1934–2002, had fathered 29–31 children by 1999; number of wives not recorded.|
|30+||Omar Bongo||President of Gabon, lived 1935–2009; number of wives not recorded.|
|30||Taksin, King of Thonburi||Taksin, the King of the Thonburi Kingdom, had 21 sons and 9 daughters.|
|30||Miles Park Romney||Mormon and great-grandfather of Mitt Romney, fathered 30 children with five wives; he married the last in 1890, just before the 1890 Manifesto.|
|30||Tom Green||Mormon fundamentalist, fathered children through ten women.|
|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.|
- List of multiple births
- Baby boom
- Biological exponential growth
- Compound annual growth rate
- Demographic momentum
- Demographic transition
- Density dependence
- Doubling time
- Exponential growth
- Great Stork Derby
- List of countries by population growth rate
- List of sovereign states and dependent territories by fertility rate
- List of population concern organizations
- Logistic function - concept related to logistic model
- Natalism and Antinatalism
- Population bottleneck
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