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The father of Genghis Kahn was Yisugei belonging to the Kiyat-Borjigid nomad tribe in Mongolia Yisugei was an aristocratic leader in his tribe as well as a fierce fighter Genghis Kahns given name Temuchin comes from his birth story Yisugei was coming home from a campaign against the Tartars when his first wife Hoelun was in labor He had brought captives with him and one was named Temuchin-uge It was customary to name a child after a captive from a successful campaign There are also arguments made that Temuchins family were smiths and the name comes from the word temur with means iron Temuchin had a brother named Temuge and a sister named Temulun The birth date of Temuchin is not well known the Chinese Zhao Hong says 1155 but instances in his early life do not concur with that early of a date Most he was born between 1162 and 1167 At an early age he made a blood-compact with a friend named Jamuka in later years this would take great strain on Temuchin Ratchnevsky When Temuchin was eight to nine years old Yisugei decided it was time to choose a fianc for his son Yisgugei had originally thought of a Onggirat bride for his son as the Onggriats were one of the oldest and most respected tribes in Mongolia On his way to the Oggirat he stopped to visit Daisechen a member of the Boskur tribe which was a sub-tribe of the Oggirat Yesugei took a immediate liking to Daischens daughter and started betrothal negotiations After much discussion Daisechen agreed but only if Temuchin was to live with him for a year This was done to make up for the bride-price The marriage would also allow a alliance with the two tribes which was advantageous to the Kiyats Yisugei was not able to benefit from the alliance though during his return trip home he stopped at a Tartar encampment who recognized him and
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