Famous Couples

Johann Sebastien Bach
Married his cousin Maria Barbara Bach in 1707. She died 1720. They had seven children including Wilhelm Friedemann and Carl Philipp Emmanuel

Werner von Braun
Married his first cousin Maria von Quirstorp. He was 35, she was 18.

Charles Darwin
Married his first cousin, Emma Wedgwood.

Albert Einstein
Einstein’s wife was born Elsa Einstein and was Elsa Loewenthal at the time of their marriage (the second for both of them). They were double cousins – first on his mother’s side and second on his father’s.

Rudy Giuliani
Rudy Giuliani married his second cousin, Regina Peruggi, in 1968. When they separated after 14 years, he used this fact to obtain an annullment from the Roman Catholic church (they did not have a dispensation to marry)

Jessie James
Jessie James maried his first cousin, Zerelda Mims after a nine-year courtship.

Mary and Joseph
Please see our Christianity page for more information on Christ’s earthly parents.

Aemilia Lanyer
She married a musician cousin, Alfonso Lanyer (October, 1592)

Jerry Lee Lewis

Jerry Lee Lewis married his second cousin, Myra Gale Brown in 1957. He was 22 or 23 and she was 13 or 14, depending on which account you believe, and it was his third marriage.

Sir John A. MacDonald
Married his first cousin, Isabella Clark (1811 – 1857)

Prophet Muhammad
Married cousin Zaynab bint Jahsh

Edgar Allen Poe
Poe married his cousin Virginia Clemm (1822-1847).

Christopher Robin
Known to all the world as Christopher Robin for the character in his father’s writings, married his first cousin Lesley de Selincourt in 1949.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

FDR, the longest serving US president in history married his cousin (not a first cousin, however they shared the same last name).

Greta Scacchi

Although never married, actress Greta Scacchi has a long term relationship with her first cousin, Carlo Mantegazza. They have one child together.

Queen Victoria
Only three years after taking the throne, Victoria took her first vow and married her cousin Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha.

H.G. Wells
Married his first cousin, Isabel Mary Wells

For a huge list of cousin couples, check out the Wikipedia page here.