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Friday, 16 January 2015

Family

The word 'family' derives from the Latin ‘famulus’, meaning ‘a servant’.


When Julius Caesar landed in Britain he reported that wives were being shared between groups of ten or twelve men, especially between fathers and sons, but the offspring of these unions were counted as the children with whom a particular woman cohabited first.

Until the late 17th century, ‘family’ included not only relatives but also the servants of a household.

The father with the most children is thought to be Ismail Ibn Sharif, an Alaouite sultan who fathered 888 children with hundreds of wives and concubines in the late seventeenth century.

The phrase blood is thinker than water, a phrase that promotes family ties over friendships, originally meant the opposite. The full phrase is “The blood of the covenant is thicker than the water of the womb.” Meaning blood shed in battle bonds soldiers more strongly than genetics.

The first recorded use of the phrase “family size” in retailing was in 1882.

The world's youngest parents were 8 and 9 and lived in China in 1910.

King Saud of Saudi Arabia (1902-1969) had multiple wives and 115 children.

Ziona Chana (born July 20, 1945) of Baktawng village, Mizoram, India  is the leader of the "Chana" sect, which allows polygamy. He lives in a 100-room mansion with his jumbo sized family, which consists of 39 wives, 94 children, 14-daughters-in-laws and 33 grandchildren, setting the world record for the "world's largest existing family."

Indian farm hand Ramajit Raghav claimed in 2012 that he was the oldest person to father a child at the age of 96. What's more, he had done it for the second time in a gap of less than two years, having been blessed with his first child in November 2010.



The definition of a ‘family’ used by the British Office for National Statistics is “a married, civil partnered or cohabiting couple with or without children, or a lone parent with at least one child”.

Forty-seven per cent of families with dependent children have only one child.

The average age in the UK at which a man becomes a father for the first time is 32.

Source Daily Express

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