Is President-Elect Joe Biden related to Poland’s first Christian ruler?

While Biden may be related to Mieszko I, he could also be tied to the Vikings or to the first rulers of what is now modern-day Ukraine Gage Skidmore

Following the US election, which saw Joe Biden declared the winner, genealogy enthusiasts have put together a family tree which links the President-Elect to the first Christian ruler and Duke of Poland, Mieszko I.

Genealogy enthusiasts have put together a family tree which links the President-Elect to the first Christian ruler and Duke of Poland, Mieszko I.Public domain

Mieszko I, who ruled between 960-992, is already known for being related to several famous rulers such as Canute the Great and the Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire Henry III; now, new findings show he could also be related to Joe Biden.

Mieszko I, who ruled between 960-992, is already known for being related to several famous rulers such as Canute the Great.Public domain

The Polish connection to Biden is said to be through a female ancestor from as many as seventeen generations past: Margaret (Małgorzata) of Cieszyn. In the late 14th century Margaret made her way as a lady-in-waiting to Anne of Bohemia in England.

The Polish connection to Biden is said to be through a female ancestor from as many as seventeen generations past: Margaret (Małgorzata) of Cieszyn.Public domain

Margeret was the daughter of Przemysław I Noszak, himself a member of the Piast dynasty and a direct descendant of Mieszko I.

While Anne of Bohemia ended up marrying English King Richard II, Margaret tied the knot with Sir Simon Felbrigg. Their daughter, Helena Felbrigg, married a man named William Tyndal; over the ages, this family produced the man who is set to become the 46th president of the United States.

Biden will be inaugurated as the 46th President in a public ceremony set to take place at the White House on January 20th.MICHAEL REYNOLDS/POOL/PAP/EPA

While this history seems far-fetched and remains formally unproven, it does highlight the common Polish saying that everyone is the descendant of King Jagiełło, the omnipotent ruler of 14th century Lithuania and Poland.

While Biden may in fact be related to Mieszko I, that does not make him solely a son of the Polish nation – the Piast dynasty, which Mieszko was a part of, also had connections to Scandinavia and the Kievan Rus, which would also make the President-Elect tied to the Vikings or to the first rulers of what is now modern-day Ukraine.