Meet the world’s biggest families – from ‘nonuplets’ to brood of 19 ‘J’ named kids and supermum hoovering 7 times a DAY

Meet the world’s biggest families – from ‘nonuplets’ to brood of 19 ‘J’ named kids and supermum hoovering 7 times a DAY 1

EVER struggled with a troublesome tot or a tricky pair of twins? Well, spare a thought for these very patient parents.

Meet the world’s biggest families – from ‘nonuplets’ to brood of 19 ‘J’ named kids and supermum hoovering 7 times a DAY


The Radfords: 22 kids, 8 grandchildren and counting

The Radfords are Britain's biggest family - with 22 children and eight grandchildren

The Radfords are Britain’s biggest family – with 22 children and eight grandchildren

Sue Radford – the mum of Britain’s biggest family – gave birth to her 22nd child Heidi Rose in April 2020.

Heidi joined siblings Chris, 32, Sophie, 28, Chloe, 26, Jack, 24, Daniel, 22, Luke, 21, Millie, 20, Katie, 19, James, 18, Ellie, 16, Aimee, 15, Josh, 14, Max, 13, Tillie, 11, Oscar, 10, Casper, nine, Hallie, six, Phoebe, five, Archie, four, Bonnie, three: better known, of course, as The Radfords.

On top of all those kids, Sue and her husband Noel Radford have eight grandchildren, and a ninth on the way.

Sophie has three children, Daisy, nine, Aypril, seven and Leo, six; Chris has three kids, Maisie, four, Jacob, two, and eight-month-old Nicholas; and Millie has two children, Ophelia, one and two-month-old Chester.

Meanwhile, Chloe is expecting her first child.

The Radfords famously don’t claim benefits and rely on Noel, 51, and the family bakery business to make ends meet. But they’re not immune to criticism.

During the national lockdown, Sue revealed that their 24-strong family got ‘death stares’ for taking their daily exercise together: “They think we are having a kids’ birthday party or something.”

The supermum, who has spent more than 800 weeks of her life pregnant, has sworn Heidi will be her last baby… but has said the same in the past.

The Bretts: 10 sons in a row – plus another 3

Alexis Brett, pictured with Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford on This Morning, had 10 boys in a row before she had her first daughter
Alexis Brett, pictured with Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford on This Morning, had 10 boys in a row before she had her first daughterCredit: Rex Features

Alexis Brett, 42, and her partner David, 47, are parents to 12 children with the 13th one on the way – all conceived naturally.

The couple, from Inverness, Scotland, were overjoyed to welcome her first daughter in 2019, after having TEN boys in a row over 15 years.

And they’ve had another son since then – plus another girl on the way, due in August.

The Brett family are made up of Campbell, 21, Harrison, 19, Corey, 17, Lachlan, 14, Brodie, 12, Brahn, 11, Hunter, nine, Mack, eight, Blake, six, Rothagaidh, five, Cameron, three and one-year-old Orran.

The family live in a five-bedroom detached house which Alexis and David keep fiercely neat and tidy, with their kids all lending a hand.

Alexis gets up at 5:30am every morning to get dressed and do her make-up before her kids even wake up.

A typical day includes vacuuming the house seven times, putting on five loads of laundry and lighting a few scented candles along the way as she fights to keep their five-bedroom house looking – and smelling – fresh.

The bumper family goes through an astonishing 90 bags of crisps, 1kg of pasta, 14 loaves of bread, eight boxes of cereal and six bottles of squash every week.



The Hanns: Scotland’s biggest family

With 13 children, Emma and Roy Hann are Scotland's biggest family
With 13 children, Emma and Roy Hann are Scotland’s biggest family.  Credit: SWNS:South West News Service

Emma and Roy Hann are currently Scotland’s biggest family with 13 kids, but they’ll be joint once the Bretts have their thirteenth!

Their kids are Rachel, 30, Sophia, 28, Polly, 27, Charlotte, 25, Alice, 23, Annabelle, 21, Jennifer, 19, Isabella, 17, Jonas, 16, Enos, 13, Eva, 12, Posy, ten, and Meg, six.

Emma, 52, who owns a cafe, has said Christmas is the most hectic time for their big family.

Nine of the children still live at the five-bedroom home in Dundee, but when it comes to a Christmas family get-together, there are 18 mouths to feed with Polly’s husband Michael, 29, and their boys, Lachlen, three, and Mylo, two, swelling the ranks.

The Hanns’ Christmas dinner sets them back £300 and includes a 25kg mound of potatoes, an 8kg turkey, 2kg of sausages for pigs-in-blankets, piles of carrots and parsnips, plus 60 frozen Yorkshire puddings.

She said: “Christmas Day is chaos and we are exhausted by the end of it.

“We’re always up far too early and there’s not much sleep the night before. We’ll be out of bed by 5am.

“Some years, when there were 13 of them at home, we were worried the bed wouldn’t hold everyone because they would all pile on.

“Once the kids have opened their presents, we hope that keeps them entertained so we can get a couple of extra hours’ sleep.

“The best part about our Christmas is it’s never boring. There’s a lot of people, a lot of fun and a lot of laughs.”

Emma’s giant brood came after she was pressured into giving up her first-born daughter for adoption, when she fell pregnant at 17.



The Bonells: Australia’s biggest family

The Bonells are Australia's biggest family with 16 children
The Bonells are Australia’s biggest family with 16 children

When Jeni Bonell and her husband Ray first met, they never would have guessed that one day they’d become Australia’s biggest family.

Jeni, 52, told Mamamia: “Ray wanted at least four kids. I thought that was crazy. Like, who has that many children?”

Fast forward more than three decades, and Jeni and Ray are parents to 16 children between the ages of six and 31.

The supermum said: “I agreed to have one, maybe two kids, but it was actually me who asked for number three because I loved being a mum so much.”

Jeni, who also has three grandchildren, did the brunt of the housework for many years, but now any child aged eight or over is expected to chip in.

And it clearly works. Their 14-year-old can put a roast dinner on for 20 people “with almost no supervision” – something most parents could only dream of.

The couple, from the coastal state of Queensland, spend up to £320 a week on groceries for their brood of nine boys and seven girls.

The weekly shop includes 36 litres of milk, 14 boxes of cereal, 45 tubs of yoghurt and 24 rolls of toilet paper – something that became contentious during lockdown when stockpilers were hogging headlines (and loo roll).

During lockdown, the frustrated mum-of-16 told Fabulous how she was forced to stick a sign to her supermarket trolley explaining she wasn’t panic-buying.

The sign said: “Not hoarding, just feeding 16 kids. Be kind and go away please.”

Jenni has said all her kids were conceived naturally, without IVF, but she has suffered some miscarriages along the way – including four in a row before her 16th child.



The Casons: 18 kids – but want more

Christi Cason has 18 children - but wants more!
Christi Cason has 18 children – but wants more!

Christi Cason, 50, and husband Dave, 54, have an astonishing 18 children – and they’re hoping for more still.

The full-time mum from California said: “Twenty kids would be an amazing achievement. I can’t imagine a time when I stop changing nappies.”

Conceiving hasn’t always been easy for the couple though. They suffered two miscarriages following the birth of their sixteenth child, and had baby number 17, Vaughn, with the help of fertility drugs. But then Christi fell pregnant again with her eighteenth child aged 44 after having ‘only used natural herbs’.

With ten boys and eight girls to take care of, the day starts early: Dave leaves for work at 5am and that’s when Christi starts getting the kids ready for school.

The supermum, who manages the household budget, has also become an expert at stretching her telecoms engineer husband’s £50,000 salary to the limit.

She told the Daily Mail: “We do lots of fun things together as a family, like driving into the mountains singing songs on the way, or going to the beach.

“Even though we can’t afford vacations, with a big family there are always so many other things you can do to have fun.

She added: “One baby won’t cost much more, we have baby clothes and nappies already.”

Watch this space…


The Duggars: reality stars with 19 ‘J’ named kids

The Duggars have 19 children - all with names beginning with J
The Duggars have 19 children – all with names beginning with JCredit: Instagram @duggarfam


Across the pond, the Duggars are famous reality TV stars with a huge following.

Their super-sized family, headed up by Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, is made up of ten boys and nine girls, including two sets of twins – all conceived naturally.

With an average gap of just 15 months between deliveries, you’d have thought they’d need all the help they could get to tell them apart.

But Michelle and Jim Bob have chosen to give them all names beginning with the letter ‘J’: Joshua, 34, Jana, 32, John-David, 32, Jill, 30, Jessa, 29, Jinger, 28, Joseph, 27, Josiah, 25, Joy-Anna, 24, Jedidiah, 23, Jeremiah, 23, Jason, 22, James, 20, Justin, 19, Jackson, 17, Johannah, 16, Jennifer, 14, Jordyn-Grace, 13, and Josie, 12.

Yep, you did see ginger spelt with a J in there.

Jim Bob and Michelle also have a whopping 21 grandchildren, with their youngest, True, born just this week, to Jed and Katey Duggar.

The family are devout Baptists, which means limited internet access, no shorts or tank tops, chaperoned courtship (a form of supervised dating) and wholesome family TV only.

But it’s not as easy as ‘one big happy family’.

Jim Bob and Michelle were once embroiled in a feud with their 31-year-old daughter Jill, Josh Duggar was accused of molesting girls as a teen – including some of his sisters – and the family came under fire for holding a get-together with extended family and friends against social distancing orders in 2020.

The Bates: Mum bans internet and TV for 19 kids

The Bates family is made up of 19 kids - and aren't allowed TV or internet
The Bates family is made up of 19 kids – and aren’t allowed TV or internet – Credit: UPtv

Kelly Bates gave birth to 19 children – ten girls and nine boys – over 24 years. No C-sections. No twins. And 14 of those births were at home with no pain relief. Ouch.

The supermum and her husband Gil, a tree surgeon, welcomed their latest (and perhaps last) arrival in 2012 when Kelly was 45 years old – by which point she’d spent more of her adult life pregnant than not.

With such a gargantuan brood, everything in the Bates’ household is done on a large scale.

Their big five-bedroom home in Tennessee has five washing machines, three driers and long rails for their hundreds of items of clothing. Which, unlike most of us with our over-sized wardrobes, they actually need – a simple two-day camping trip means bringing 56 outfits!

Despite having a successful TV show Bringing Up The Bates, the Christian couple ban TV, limit internet access, and keep their household running smoothly by insisting on teamwork.

Kelly has assigned each of the older children to a younger kid.

She told ABC News: “They get themselves ready first. They help make sure that their partner has their hair brushed, shoes on, and their teeth brushed.”

The children are also responsible for making sure their room is tidy, and they’re each given a task that’s rotated monthly (unsurprisingly, no one ever wants to be in charge of laundry!).



The world’s only nonuplets – nine babies born at the same time – are celebrating their first birthday today and are “in perfect health”, according to their mum and dad.

These are the world's only nonuplets

These are the world’s only nonuplets

Their father Abdelkader Arby said they're "in perfect health" on their first birthday

Their father Abdelkader Arby said they’re “in perfect health” on their first birthday

Their father Abdelkader Arby, from Mali, told the BBC: “They’re all crawling now. Some are sitting up and can even walk if they hold on to something.”

But they’re not the only family with a lot of mouths to feed. We reveal all on some of the world’s biggest families.


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