How I Met Your Mother: Character Family Trees

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Welcome to another post where I collect random HIMYM knowledge and present it to you in a fun-filled, easy to read format! I thought it would be interesting to compile all of the family info we have for each main player in the world of How I Met Your Mother. I had some trouble presenting it in traditional family tree format, because the show isn’t often clear on the specifics. Let’s see what we’ve got! (Pics to come later – there’s a whole lot of people to account for)

Lily Aldrin

Grandparents:

  • Grandpa Morris Aldrin (Paternal) (S5E9 “Slapsgiving 2: Revenge of the Slap”)
  • Grandma Rita Aldrin (Paternal) (S5E9 “Slapsgiving 2: Revenge of the Slap”)
  • Grandma Lois (Maternal) (S2E19 “Bachelor Party”)

Parents:

  • Father – Mickey Aldrin (S5E9 “Slapsgiving 2: Revenge of the Slap”)
  • Mother – Janice (S2E19 “Bachelor Party”)

Aunts & Uncles:

  • Aunt – Florence (S2E19 “Bachelor Party”)

Cousins:

  • Margaret (S2E19 “Bachelor Party”)

Spouse:

  • Husband – Marshall Eriksen (S1E1 “Pilot”)

Children:

  • Son – Marvin Waitforit Eriksen (S6E24 “Challenge Accepted” we find out Lily is pregnant, baby makes first on-screen appearance in S7E23 “The Magician’s Code, Part One”
  • Daughter – Daisy Eriksen (S9E20 “Daisy”)

Doppelgangers:

  • Stripper Lily (S5E2 “Double Date”)
  • Millie – college student that Ted vents to when he is living on campus (S7E19 “The Broath”)
  • White Flower – master of strength in slapping (106 years old) (S9E14 “Slapsgiving 3: Slappointment in Slapmarra”)

Marshall Eriksen

Grandparents:

  • Grandpa Olaf Eriksen (deceased) (S4E17 “The Front Porch”)
  • Grandma Gunderson (S7E12 “Symphony of Illumination)

Parents:

  • Father – Marvin Eriksen (deceased) (S1E9 “Belly Full of Turkey”)
  • Mother – Judy Eriksen (S1E9 “Belly Full of Turkey”)

Siblings:

  • Brother – Marvin Eriksen Jr. (S1E9 “Belly Full of Turkey”)
  • Sister in law – Ashley Eriksen (S1E9 “Belly Full of Turkey”)
  • Brother – Marcus Erkisen (S1E9 “Belly Full of Turkey”)
  • Sister in law – Sarah Eriksen (S1E9 “Belly Full of Turkey”)

Nieces & Nephews:

  • Martin Eriksen (this child may actually be named Marvin Eriksen the 3rd) (son of Marvin Eriksen Jr & Ashley Eriksen) (S1E9 “Belly Full of Turkey”)
  • Unnamed (2nd child of Marvin Eriksen Jr & Ashley Eriksen) (S1E9 “Belly Full of Turkey”)
  • Marcus Eriksen Jr (son of Marcus Eriksen & Sarah Eriksen) (S8E4 “Who Wants to be a Godparent?”)
  • Martin Eriksen (son of Marcus Eriksen & Sarah Eriksen) (S8E4 “Who Wants to be a Godparent?”)

Aunts & Uncles:

  • Uncle – Unnamed, owns a pretty successful bait shop (S3E6 “I’m Not That Guy”)
  • Uncle – Heinrick (S5E9 “Slapsgiving 2: Revenge of the Slap”)
  • Uncle – Linus (S3E17 “The Goat”

Spouse:

  • Wife – Lily Aldrin (S1E1 “Pilot”)

Children:

  • Son – Marvin Waitforit Eriksen (S6E24 “Challenge Accepted” we find out Lily is pregnant, baby makes first on-screen appearance in S7E23 “The Magician’s Code, Part One”
  • Daughter – Daisy Eriksen (S9E20 “Daisy”)

Doppelgangers:

  • Mustache Marshall (S5E2 “Double Date”)
  • Unattractive woman in group that Barney uses to demonstrate “The Cheerleader Effect” (S4E7 “Not a Father’s Day”)
  • Unattractive man in Barney’s “Not a Father’s Day” club (S4E7 “Not a Father’s Day”)
  • Martin – college student that Ted vents to when he is living on campus (S7E19 “The Broath”)

Ted Mosby

Parents:

  • Father – Alfred Mosby (S2E3 “Brunch”)
  • Mother – Virginia (S2E3 “Brunch”)
  • Stepfather – Clint (S2E11 “How Lily Stole Christmas”)

Siblings:

  • Sister – Heather Mosby (S4E11 “Little Minnesota”)

Aunts & Uncles:

  • Aunt – Caroline (?)
  • Aunt – Meredith  (S5E20 “Homewreckers”)
  • Uncle – Larry (S5E20 “Homewreckers”)
  • Unnamed aunt & uncle that own a beach house in Montauk (S2E1 “Where Were We?”)

Cousins:

  • Bonzo (S1E20 “Best Prom Ever”)
  • Jimmy (S2E3 “Brunch”)
  • Stacy (S2E11 “How Lily Stole Christmas”)
  • Stacy’s 7 children, including an eldest daughter named Charity (S2E11 “How Lily Stole Christmas”)

Spouse:

  • Wife – Unnamed, “The Mother” (1st mentioned in S1E1 “Pilot”, 1st glimpse of ankle/foot in S5E12 “Girls Versus Suits”, 2nd glimpse of body, no face in S8E1 “Farhampton”, 1st on-screen appearance in S8E24 “Something New”)

Children:

  • Daughter – Penny (S1E1 “Pilot”) (S9E15 “Unpause”)
  • Son – Luke (S1E1 “Pilot”) (S9E15 “Unpause”)

Doppelgangers:

  • Mexican Wrestler Ted (S5E22 “Robots Versus Wrestlers”)
  • Ned – college student that Ted vents to when he is living on campus (S7E19 “The Broath”)
  • The Calligrapher – master of accuracy in slapping (34 years old) (S9E14 “Slapsgiving 3: Slappointment in Slapmarra”)

Robin Scherbatsky

Grandparents:

  • Great Grandma Elizabeth (S9E3 “Last Time in New York”)
  • Great Grandpa – Unnamed, married to Elizabeth for 60 years (S9E3 “Last Time in New York”)
  • Grandma – Unnamed (S9E1 “The Locket”)

Parents:

  • Father – Robin Charles Scherbatsky, Sr (S4E6 “Happily Ever After”)
  • Mother – Unnamed (S4E6 “Happily Ever After”)
  • Stepmother – Carol (S8E13 “Band or DJ?”)

Siblings:

  • Katie Scherbatsky (S2E12 “First Time in New York”)

Nieces & Nephews:

  • Nieces – At least 2 unnamed nieces that will be flower girls in the wedding (S9E1 “The Locket”)

Aunts & Uncles:

  • Aunt – Unnamed lesbian that takes Robin’s dogs (S2E16 “Stuff”)
  • Aunt – Betty, partner to unnamed lesbian aunt (note – may be same person as Maureen) (S2E16 “Stuff”)
  • Aunt – Maureen, partner to unnamed lesbian aunt (note – may be same person as Betty) (S8E5 “The Autumn of Breakups”)
  • Uncle – Unnamed, schizophrenic but has perfect version and good teeth (S2E3 “Brunch”)
  • Uncle – Unnamed, blew his thumbs off due to improper gun cleaning & maintenance (S5E3 “Robin 101″)
  • Uncle – Cecil (deceased) (note – Barney has a deceased cousin Cecil) (S5E18 “Say Cheese”)
  • Uncle – Frank (S9E1 “The Locket”)
  • Aunt – Edith, if she gets drunk enough she will take off her wig and you can play hockey with it (S9E12 “The Rehearsal Dinner”)

Possible Aunts & Uncles (related to Robin &/or Barney)

  • Aunt – Shelly (braless dance machine) (S9E1 “The Locket”)
  • Uncle – Jacques (brings own accordian) (S9E1 “The Locket”)
  • Uncle – Vic (casual racist) (S9E1 “The Locket”)

Cousins:

  • Mitch (adopted) (note – same person as Barney’s cousin Mitch) (S9E1 “The Locket”)
  • Ruth (S9E1 “The Locket”)
  • Vince (S9E1 “The Locket”)
  • Claude, from Quebec, has a neck problem (S9E10 “Mom and Dad”)
  • Multiple unnamed – All are missing at least one finger and/or tooth (also applies to the aforementioned cousins) (S9E13 “Bass Player Wanted”)

Spouse:

  • Husband – Barney Stinson (S1E1 “Pilot”)

Doppelganger:

  • Lesbian Robin (S5E2 “Double Date”)
  • Red Bird – master of speed in slapping (86 years old) (S9E14 “Slapsgiving 3: Slappointment in Slapmarra”)

Barney Stinson

Grandparents:

  • Nana – Unnamed (deceased) (S6E9 “Glitter”)
  • Papa Sid (S9E3 “Last Time in New York”)
  • Grandma Stinson (S9E10 “Mom and Dad”)

Parents: 

  • Mother – Loretta Stinson (S2E10 “Single Stamina”)
  • Father – Jerome Whittaker (S6E19 “Legendaddy”)
  • Stepmother – Cheryl Whittaker (S6E19 “Legendaddy”)
  • Almost a Father – Sam Gibbs, father to Barney’s half-brother James (S6E2 “Cleaning House”)
  • Not ever really his Father – Bob Barker, who Loretta claimed was his father (S2E20 “Showdown”)

Siblings:

  • Brother – James Stinson (half-brother, maternal) (S2E10 “Single Stamina”)
  • Brother in law – Tom, husband to James (soon to be divorced) (S2E10 “Single Stamina”)
  • Brother – Jerome “J.J.” Whittaker Jr (half-brother, paternal) (S6E19 “Legendaddy”)
  • Sister – Carly Whittaker (half-sister, paternal) (1st mentioned in S6E19 “Legendaddy”, 1st seen in S8E14 “Ring Up!”)

Nieces & Nephews:

  • Nephew – Eli (son of James & Tom) (S2E10 “Single Stamina”)
  • Niece – Sadie (daughter of James & Tom) (S7E11 “The Rebound Girl”)

Aunts & Uncles:

  • Aunt – Muriel (S9E3 “Last Time in New York”)
  • Uncle – Jerry (Barney thought he had an Uncle Jerry but that was actually his father Jerome) (S6E8 “Natural History”)

Possible Aunts & Uncles (related to Robin &/or Barney)

  • Aunt – Shelly (braless dance machine) (S9E1 “The Locket”)
  • Uncle – Jacques (brings own accordian) (S9E1 “The Locket”)
  • Uncle – Vic (casual racist) (S9E1 “The Locket”)

Cousins:

  • Leslie (maternal) (S1E5 “Okay Awesome”)
  • Pete (S9E1 “The Locket”)
  • Cecil (deceased) (note – Robin has a deceased uncle Cecil) (S9E1 “The Locket”)
  • Renee (2nd cousin, paternal) (S9E1 “The Locket”)
  • Mitch (note – same person as Robin’s adopted cousin Mitch) (S9E1 “The Locket”)

Fake Family:

  • “Wife” – Margaret/Betty (S4E15 “The Stinsons”)
  • “Son” – Grant/Tyler (S4E15 “The Stinsons”)

“Ancestors”:

  • Broses, Biblical era bro that was the first to receive the 10 Brommandments from God – the first of which was, appropriately, bros before ho’s. (S9E4 “The Broken Code”)
  • Julius Caeser, Broman Empire bro that contributed to the Bro Code, made Brotus sign a Broath, and also invented a salad. (S7E19 “The Broath”)
  • Christopher Brolumbus, responsible for bringing the Bro Code to the new world of America. (S9E4 “The Broken Code”)
  • Barnabus Stinson, Revolutionary War era bro responsible for writing the Bro Code on the back of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. (S3E17 “The Goat”)
  • Barnovski & Jamesekoff Stinson, cursed to eternally be “hornier”, per a gypsy woman they ran over in Moscow, 1807. (S9E2 “Coming Back”)

Spouse:

  • Wife – Robin Scherbatsky (S1E1 “Pilot”)

Doppelgangers:

  • Gynecologist Barney (Dr. John Stangel) (S6E13 “Bad News”)
  • Staten Island Lou of The High Council of Players (S9E11 “Bedtime Stories”)
  • Tuxedo Charlie (from Manhattan) of The High Council of Players (S9E11 “Bedtime Stories”)
  • Bronx Donnie of The High Council of Players (S9E11 “Bedtime Stories”)
  • Captain Bill (from Queens) of The High Council of Players (S9E11 “Bedtime Stories”)
  • Pickle Jar Bob (from Brooklyn) (aka Trucker Hat Bob) of The High Council of Players (S9E11 “Bedtime Stories”)

The Mother

Spouse:

  • Husband – Ted Mosby (S1E1 “Pilot”)

Children:

  • Daughter – Penny (S1E1 “Pilot”) (S9E15 “Unpause”)
  • Son – Luke (S1E1 “Pilot”) (S9E15 “Unpause”)
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20 thoughts on “How I Met Your Mother: Character Family Trees

  1. I love this! So much detail. I wanted to add that Robin did mention she had a schizophrenia uncle who had perfect site in ‘Brunch’.

  2. wow!
    i know some of the main characters are far from traditional, but i never thought i’d see 5 (!) bullet points under one’s “Parents” :))

    thanks for doing such a thorough job, as usual, Corina!

    Two things you might want to add/change:
    – i don’t know if this counts, but we get a glimpse of Ted’s wedding day to the Mother in “Lucky Penny”, season 2 if i’m not mistaken.

    – Carly Whittaker is Barney’s PATERNAL half-sister (not maternal)

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