I mean, sure, we can all say we’re “children of the Beatles.” After all, almost all of us grew up listening to their music, and at least some of us feel as though we were influenced by the Fab Four. But how many of us can say that we’re their actual children? None of us. There are, however, 16 individuals who can say that they are literally the children of The Beatles.
Most are their biological children, but a few were adopted or are their step-children. In the list below, you can not only see the unmistakable similarity between the sons and daughters and their fathers, but you can see that the apple didn’t fall far from the tree. A lot of these Beatles descendent – some still young, some mature adults – are pretty talented music artists themselves.
Parents: John Lennon and Cynthia Lennon
Born: April 8, 1963
Julian was the first one to be born, who came into this world just as the Beatles were becoming massive. As a young boy, he inspired three major Beatles songs: ‘Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds’ and ‘Good Night’ (written by John) and ‘Hey Jude’ (written by Paul as a way to console Julian during his parents’ divorce). After John left Cynthia for Yoko, the father and son were estranged for a while.
They reconnected in the early 70s. By that point, John took an interest in Julian’s musical interests, buying him a guitar and showing him the ropes. With time, Julian followed in his father’s footsteps. He became a musician, songwriter, actor, and photographer.
In 1984, Julian saw immediate success with his debut album “Valotte” that gave him two top 10 hits and a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist. But his next few albums weren’t as much of a hit. By 1991, Julian left the music business for a while. About a decade later, in 2002, he recorded a version of “When I’m Sixty-Four.”
In 2009, he founded the environmental/humanitarian charity called the White Feather Foundation, which was named after something his father once told him. Then, in 2010, for the 70th anniversary of his father’s birth, Julian opened an exhibition with 35 photographs, including his collection of Beatles memorabilia. He called it “Timeless: The Photography of Julian Lennon.”
Parents: Ringo Starr and Maureen Cox
Born: September 13, 1965
Ringo Starr and Maureen Starkey had their first son, Zak, after having married earlier that same year. Although the drummer discouraged his son from ever getting involved in the highly stressful music industry, Zak couldn’t help but take an interest in his dad’s in drums.
After all, his godfather Keith Moon (of The Who) gave him a drum set when he was eight. With a father and godfather-like those two, it’s no surprise the kid got into drums and rock ‘n’ roll. He got serious about it after his parents got divorced in 1975. He joined a band called the Icicle Works and then his own dad’s All-Starr Band.
Zak got his big break when he filled his godfather’s former role in the Who during the mid-90s. Not only did the band members find him to be the perfect fit for the band, but so did fans of the Who. And it’s not easy to find someone to fill the role of such a prominent rock star. Zak continued to record and tour with both Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey.
He also served as the third drummer for Oasis between 2004 and 2009. He handled the sticks for Johnny Marr and the Healers, too. In 1985, Zak married Sarah Menikides, and the couple gave us the first Beatle grandchild, Tatia (who is now also a musician).
Parents: Ringo Starr and Maureen Cox
Born: August 19, 1967
Two years into their marriage, Ringo and Maureen gave birth to their second son, Jason. Growing up, Jason played the unofficial role of the rebel in the family. He was seven years old when his parents divorced. Maureen got custody of both her sons, and Ringo was left with visitation rights.
Like many children of divorce, Jason began acting out. He started to get into more than his share of trouble and brushes with the law. In 1987, at the age of 20, he was fined £125 for trying to steal a car stereo. He also appeared in court on drug charges a few years later.
In the end, Jason put his days of juvenile delinquency behind him and joined a series of indie bands. Like his older brother and father, Jason is also a drummer. In the mid-’80s, he played drums for bands including Buddy Curtis and the Grasshoppers, The People’s Friend, Empire Of Sponge, and even one with his brother Zak called Musty Jack Sponge and the Exploding Nudists.
But for some reason, Jason doesn’t seem too fond of his family legacy. “Being Ringo Starr’s son is the biggest drag of my life. It’s a total pain,” he once said. Jason nonetheless got involved in the music industry and worked as a road manager as well as a drummer. He’s been married to fashion designer Flora Evans since 2010, and the couple has three sons.
Parents: Paul McCartney and Linda McCartney
Born: August 28, 1969
Paul and Linda were already expecting Mary when they got married in 1969. You might even remember her as the little baby who was famously peeking out of Paul’s coat on the back cover of his first solo album, ‘McCartney’ (which included the photo taken by her mother). Mary is the eldest biological child of Paul and Linda.
Like her mother, Mary took an interest in photography. She eventually became a professional photographer and photo editor. She specializes in portrait and fashion photography. In 2001, she produced the TV documentary, ‘Wingspan,’ which was about her parents’ band. In the documentary, she also served as her father’s interviewer.
Mary was 29 when her mother passed away from breast cancer at the age of 56. She didn’t just get into professional photography but also became a vegetarian cookbook writer. She currently runs the photo department at her father’s company, MPL Communications. Outside of her own professional work, Mary likes to get involved in charity.
She’s a part of numerous charitable causes. In 1998, she married director and television producer Alistair Donald. In 1999, she gave birth to her dad’s first grandchild, Arthur Donald, the eldest of his eight grandchildren. Mary had another son, Elliot Donald, in 2002. In 2005, the couple divorced. By 2010, she married director Simon Aboud. She and Aboud have two sons together.
Parents: Ringo Starr and Maureen Cox
Born: November 11, 1970
Lee arrived at a very tricky time. It was right after the breakup of the Beatles in 1970 and as her parents’ relationship was really falling apart. That said, it would take another five years until Ringo and Maureen would file for divorce. In 1989, Lee got major attention when she co-starred in an Oldsmobile commercial with her father.
It was around the same time that Lee co-founded the Los Angeles boutique called Planet Alice, which specialized in popular 60s styles. But it eventually closed down, and once it did, Lee started working as a fashion designer and makeup artist.
Sadly, a year after her mother succumbed to leukemia in 1994 at the age of 48, Lee herself was diagnosed with a brain tumor. She had to undergo surgeries and radiation therapy. In 2001, the tumor reappeared, and she had to be treated again. Thankfully, Lee has been in better health ever since.
She would often show up at her brothers’ gigs as well as Stella McCartney’s shows (who we’ll get to next). Lee has been in a relationship with Jay Mehler, the Kasabian/Beady Eye bassist, for a while now. In 2009, Lee gave birth to triplets – a definite first in the Beatles fam jam. She and her family live in London, which surely comes as no surprise.
Parents: Paul McCartney and Linda McCartney
Born: September 13, 1971
As a little girl, Stella traveled the world with her parents and their music group called Wings (along with her siblings). According to Paul, the name of the group was inspired by Stella’s difficult delivery. She was born by an emergency C-section, and Paul sat outside the operating room, praying that she be born “on the wings of an angel.”
That might have been a blessing of some sort because Stella might just be the most famous of Paul and Linda’s children. She has turned herself into a well-known name in the world of fashion. Her love for clothes and designing them came at a young age.
Stella worked her way up the ranks, getting all the way up to launching her own, self-titled clothing line in 2001. There are currently 17 Stella McCartney boutiques around the globe. In addition to raking in a number of celebrity clients (like her close friend and model Kate Moss), Stella also landed a bunch of athletes.
She designed the athletic wear for every British athlete competing in the 2012 Olympics. The following year, she became an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in honor of her contributions to fashion. Stella isn’t afraid to cause a stir. She wore a shirt that read “It’s About F–king Time” when she attended her father’s induction ceremony at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She’s married to publisher Alasdhair Willis, and they have four children.
Parents: John Lennon and Yoko Ono
Born: October 9, 1975
John and Yoko had only one child together, and that’s Sean, who was born on his father’s 35th birthday. After the birth of his second son, John took a break from making music to stay at home. Sean proved to be an inspiration for John, which led him to write the song ‘Beautiful Boy.’
The track appeared on the 1980 comeback album ‘Double Fantasy,’ which was released right before John’s murder. Sean happens to be the Beatle child born in America. And like his talented parents, Sean became a musician himself. From childhood into his teen years, Sean collaborated with his mother, doing vocals and production on her solo albums, It’s Alright, Starpeace and Onobox.
He wrote music with Lenny Kravitz and joined Cibo Matto before getting signed to the Beastie Boys’ record label, Grand Royal. Sean released a few solo albums, recorded a handful of movie soundtracks, and collaborated with a bunch of musicians, other than his own mother. He also teamed up with the Flaming Lips, the Strokes’ Albert Hammond Jr., and Mark Ronson, to name a few.
Eventually, he and his model girlfriend, Charlotte Kemp Muhl, formed their own group. The avant-garde folk group called Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger released their first full-length album, ‘Midnight Sun,’ in 2014.
Fun fact: In 1984, Steve Jobs visited Manhattan and attended a party that Yoko threw for her late husband. There, Jobs gave the young Sean one of the very first Macintosh computers.
Parents: Paul McCartney and Linda McCartney
Born: September 12, 1977
James was named after his father who’s actual name is James Paul McCartney. James is also Paul and Linda’s only son, and he took an interest in music at an early age. And it’s not even because of his dad’s influence. The real reason? He saw the infamous scene from ‘Back to the Future’ where Marty McFly plays the guitar.
Paul quickly recognized his son’s attraction to the guitar and stepped in to give him a Stratocaster. That guitar was previously owned by Carl Perkins. James ended up contributing to a couple of his dad’s solo records (i.e., ‘Flaming Pie’ and ‘Driving Rain’), as well as playing guitar and drums.
Years later, James started venturing into his own music career. James released a couple of pop-rock Eps, which were co-produced by Paul, and then a debut album simply called ‘Me’ in 2013. But a year before that, James managed to cause a bit of a media frenzy. In 2012, he rocked the boat when he suggested that he, Sean Lennon, Zak Starkey, and Dhani Harrison (next up in the list) would start a second-generation Beatles group.
Wait, what? While James stated that he wasn’t opposed to a reincarnation of their Beatles dads, not all of the sons agreed. “I don’t think it’s something that Zak wants to do,” James commented. “Maybe Jason would want to do it. I’d be up for it. Sean seemed to be into it, Dhani seemed to be into it. I’d be happy to do it.”
Parents: George Harrison and Olivia Harrison
Born: August 1, 1978
Dhani is George and Olivia’s only child, who got married the month after Dhani was born. Thanks to George’s activity and pursuit of Indian philosophy, he chose to name his son after the 6th and 7th notes in the Indian music scale. Who knows – maybe he was destined to be a musician.
Dhani became a professional musician when he helped Jeff Lynne complete his father’s album, ‘Brainwashed,’ after George’s death in 2001. The following year, Dhani played acoustic guitar for the “Concert for George” tribute. He joined a lineup that included Ringo and Paul. A few years later, Dhani went out on his own.
In 2006, he co-founded an indie rock group called Thenewno2. The group released a number of albums ever since. Dhani is also a member of a rock trio called Fistful of Mercy with Ben Harper and Joseph Arthur. His music collaborations are pretty diverse, actually. He’s toured with Eric Clapton, appeared on the Wu-Tang Clan track “The Heart Gently Weeps,” and even joined Pearl Jam on stage several times over the years.
Dhani married Solveig “Sola” Karadottir in 2012 but divorced a few years later. They never had any children together. Apart from his musical endeavors, Dhani also took part in the Beatles video game. He was a major force behind the video game ‘The Beatles: Rock Band.’ He brought together the surviving members of the band and the game designers.
Parents: Paul McCartney and Heather Mills
Born: October 28, 2003
Beatrice was born to Paul and his second wife, Heather Mills, in 2003. Beatrice Milly was reportedly named after Heather’s mother, Beatrice, as well as Paul’s Aunt Milly. Beatrice is McCartney’s youngest daughter, and his only child with Heather, whom they had when Paul was well into his 60s.
Despite their rather bitter divorce, Paul and Heather decided to share custody over their dear Beatrice. She served as the flower girl at her father’s 2011 wedding to Nancy Shevell. Word on the street is that Beatrice is a skilled saxophonist, but she doesn’t plan on pursuing a career in music. It looks like marine biology is more up her alley.
Parents: Linda McCartney and Joseph Melville See (adopted by Paul McCartney)
Born: December 31, 1962
Heather McCartney is Linda McCartney and Joseph Melville See’s daughter. But since her parents separated when she was very young, and her mother married Paul McCartney in 1969 when she was just six years old, Paul formally adopted her.
While her biological father had a lifelong influence on her, she still considers Paul to be her father. Heather has always been a lover of art. She went to an art college, where she focused on pottery and design. Later in her life, she moved to Arizona to live with her biological father, but eventually went back to England to work as a potter.
Parents: Yoko Ono and Anthony Cox (adopted by John Lennon)
Born: August 8, 1963
When John and Yoko wed in 1969, he became a stepfather to Yoko’s daughter from her previous marriage to Anthony Cox, the American film producer, and art promoter. In the early years of Yoko and John’s marriage, she and her ex-husband were involved in a custody battle over their daughter. The ordeal inspired John to write the song ‘Don’t Worry Kyoko (Mummy’s Only Looking for Her Hand in the Snow).’
The track was credited to the Plastic Ono Band, including John, Ringo, and Eric Clapton. Cox kidnapped 8-year-old Kyoko and raised her under the name Ruth Holman. He was actually a part of a religious cult named The Living Word Fellowship. Kyoko and her father left the cult in the 70s, but she and her mother didn’t reconnect until the 90s. Not much is known about Kyoko, but it’s been said that she works as a teacher and is married with two children.
Parents: Barbara Bach and Augusto Gregorini (step-daughter of Ringo Starr)
Born: August 7, 1968
She goes by Francesca, but she’s officially Countess Francesca McKnight Donatella Romana Gregorini di Savignano di Romagna. Yeah, say that three times in a row. Francesca is the daughter of Barbara Bach and Count Augusto Gregorini, but she later became the step-daughter of Ringo Starr.
She’s an Italian-American director and writer. Bach’s oldest child, Francesca, grew up in Rome and America before she moved to England after her mother married Ringo. She dabbled a bit in music before gaining attention as a filmmaker. She made an indie film in 2013 called ‘The Truth About Emanuel. Gregorini was also famous for her relationship with Portia de Rossi (pre-Ellen).
Parents: Barbara Bach and Augusto Gregorini (step-son of Ringo Starr)
Born: April 6, 1972
Ringo has another step-child – Francesca’s brother – from his marriage to Barbara Bach. Gianni was born four years after Francesca. When Gianni was a little boy, he served as a pageboy at his mother’s wedding to Ringo. When he grew up, he started working for his father in Italy, but he then moved to Los Angeles, where he became a businessman.
There isn’t a lot about Gianni on the internet. So as much as I would like to give at least a little bit of juicy information, I can’t. But what I will say is that he and his sister (and the rest of these kids for that matter) were born into a very lucky situation!
Parents: Nancy Shevell and Bruce Blakeman (step-son of Paul McCartney)
Born: December 3, 1991
When Paul married his third wife, Nancy, in 2011, he added yet another kid to his brood. I mean, at this point, why not, right? So Paul became a step-dad to Arlen Blakeman, Nancy’s son from her marriage to lawyer Bruce Blakeman. Arlen was a teenager when he gave his mother away to Paul at their wedding ceremony.
Arlen graduated from college in 2015. He’s now in New York City, reportedly doing a law internship. Like some of the other Beatles kids on this list, Arlen seems to have chosen to stay out of the limelight. It’s for the best, though.
Okay, so we have the kids covered. Now we can move on to the Beatles wives. Are you in for a juicy read?