Childeric I ~ Ceftain of the Salian Franks

M, (circa 436 - 481)
Father-Biological*Merovech ~ Ceftain of the Salian Franks d. bt 451 - 457
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Last Edited=28 Jul 2023
     Childeric I ~ Ceftain of the Salian Franks was born circa 436.1 He was the son of Merovech ~ Ceftain of the Salian Franks.

Childeric I ~ Ceftain of the Salian Franks married Basina of Thuringia.1,2,3 He began to lead the Franks prior to 463 and was the last Frankish chieftain [Chieftain of the Salian Franks] to continue the tradition of service under Roman commanders. Although he had some sort of falling out with the Roman commanders in Northern Gaul, he remained intimately involved in the world of late Roman civilization. He may have received direct subsidies from Constantinople as well. He later adopted the title, "King of the Franks" and ruled as such. He lead a life of debauchery according to Gregory of Tours, and was deposed and fled to Thuringia. For the next eight years, northern Gaul was ruled by General Ægidius. Thereafter with Saxon support, Childeric regained his throne.2,3 Childeric I ~ Ceftain of the Salian Franks died in 481 at Tournai, Wallonia, France, now Belgium.1,2

Child of Childeric I ~ Ceftain of the Salian Franks and Basina of Thuringia


  1. Stuart, Roderick W. Royalty for Commoners, The Complete Known Lineage of John of Gaunt, Son of Edward III, King of England, and Queen Philippa, Fourth Edition. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2002.
  2. Anonymous. Franks, Merovingian Kings. N.p.: manuscript, 2007.
  3. Sewell, Robert James. Sewell: A History of the Sewell Family from the Earliest Times. N.p.: manuscript, 2008.