John II, "The Babymaker", Duke of Cleves, Count of Mark, (German: Johann II. "der Kindermacher", Herzog von Kleve, Graf von Mark) (13 April 1458 – 15 March 1521) was a son of John I, Duke of Cleves and Elizabeth of Nevers. He ruled Cleves from 1481 to his death in 1521. He was called "The Babymaker" as he had fathered sixty-three illegitimate children  prior to his marriage with Mathilde of Hesse in 1489, who was the daughter of Henry III, Landgrave of Upper Hesse and his wife Anna of Katzenelnbogen.
John II, Duke of Cleves
|Born||13 April 1458|
|Died||15 March 1521 (aged 62)|
|Noble family||La Marck|
|Spouse(s)||Mathilde of Hesse|
|Issue||John III, Duke of Cleves
|Father||John I, Duke of Cleves|
|Mother||Elizabeth of Nevers|
They had three children :
- John III (1490–1539), his successor
- Anna (1495–1567), married in 1518 with count Philip III of Waldeck-Eisenberg
- Adolf (1498–1525), appointed by his father's cousin Philip of Cleves, Lord of Ravenstein and Wijnendale, as his successor, but died before Philip (1528)
|Ancestors of John II, Duke of Cleves|
- ^ Boltanski 2006, p. 501.
- ^ La Societe Numismatique, Revue de la numismatique belge, Brussels, 1863, page 234
- ^ John Morby, Dynasties of the World: a chronological and genealogical handbook (Oxford, Oxfordshire, U.K.: Oxford University Press, 1989), page 135.
- ^ a b Ward, Prothero & Leathes 1934, p. table 38.
- Boltanski, Ariane (2006). Les ducs de Nevers et l'État royal: genèse d'un compromis (ca 1550 - ca 1600) (in French). Librairie Droz S.A.
- Ward, A.W.; Prothero, G.W.; Leathes, Stanley, eds. (1934). The Cambridge Modern History. Vol. XIII. Cambridge at the University Press.
- Genealogy of Jülich-Cleves Accessed July 28, 2008